Tom Bie is the founder, editor, and publisher of The Drake. He started the magazine in 1998 as an annual newsprint publication based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He then moved it to Steamboat, Colorado (1999), Boulder, Colorado (2001), and San Clemente, California (2004), as he took jobs as managing editor at Paddler, Senior Editor at Skiing, and Editor-in-Chief at Powder, respectively. Tom and The Drake are now both based in Denver, Colorado, where The Drake is finally all grows up(Swingers, 1996) to a quarterly magazine.

Anonymous Declares War on FL Gov. Rick Scott

In what amounts to a well-played verbal bitchslap, the hactivist group Anonymous has released a video condemning Florida Gov. Rick Scott for not doing enough to prevent Lake Okeechobee discharges from spewing marine life-killing pollutants into the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. The video states the obvious: that Scott’s in bed with Big Sugar and protects…

RoboFisher | The Force Awakens

It’s a time of uncertainty. Unrest grips the rivers as the influence of Sasquatch, iffy weather and foul-smelling waders spreads, but a glimmer of hope remains in the heroic offerings of Petru VIZITIU. As he struggles against the dark might of the enemy, this brave hero may yet awaken the technology needed to forge a…

FISH OR DIE Scores Prime-Time Slot

The team at MOTIVFISHING is about to hit a coveted Wednesday night cable slot as part of Animal Planet’s “Fish or Die” series. A repackaging of their Four Fishermen, Seven Continents theme—Jay Johnson, Thad Robison, Brian Jill, and Chris Owens have found the right formula of stuck-in-the-ditch drama meets bitchin’ fishing. So says the ratings.…

Occupy Skagit IV | Let My People Fish!

Join the Puget Sound anglers determined to pry the lid off a tightly sealed Skagit River steelhead fishery This Saturday, the civil disobedience event known as Occupy Skagit is staging its fourth annual “Wade-In” to protest the continued closure of the Skagit River’s spring catch-and-release steelhead season. Puget Sound winter steelhead were listed as threatened in 2007,…

Puget Sound Hatchery Plants Are Back

NOAA approves plan to release hatchery steelhead into five Puget Sound rivers this week despite threats to native fish Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) began dumping 500,000 hatchery steelhead smolts into five Puget Sound rivers this week after receiving the go-ahead from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Nooksack, NF Stillaguamish, Wallace,…

Gourmet on the Green River

Utah Stream Access Coalition (USAC) is teaming with Green River guides and a Season 12 Top Chef contender for this June’s Gourmet on the Green fundraiser. So far they’ve gathered 10 top river pros to offer their boats for a day (at $1,000 per boat) to float the Green during prime cicada season. Chef Katie…

Video Daze: The Field Coffee Diary

In the first episode of “The Field Coffee Diary” follow filmmaker Rolf Nylinder and friends Erik, Mattias, Acapulco and the half-god, Patrik Daugaard, on a fishing trip to a valley carved by the legendary mountain creek known as Fiskonbäcken. Says Nylinder, “They say you collect less memories if you bring a camera on a trip.…

Video Daze: Through the Guides

Stripping away the Buffs and mirrored shades for a minute, “Through the Guides” reveals the inner workings of three respected flyfishing guides from divergent backgrounds, targeting remarkably different fisheries. Despite their differences these coaches, moms, and contrasting personalities all share something Dr. Phil calls, “raging fish addiction.” Via The Noble Lab: “Maybe they were born…

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2016 Florida Skiff Challenge

Sarasota, Florida—It’s a bold concept: run an open skiff from the Florida Panhandle down along the western coast of Florida all the way to Key West before heading north up the East Coast and then back across the state through the Okeechobee Waterway, eventually finishing in Sarasota. It’s been attempted once before (unsuccessfully, in 2015)…

Video Daze: Come and Take It

Last spring the Texas Hill Country was slammed with massive amounts of rain, far more than its rivers and tributaries could handle. As a result of the ensuing devastation people lost their homes and a few unfortunate residents lost loved ones forever. Powered by dramatic footage from the floods, Come and Take It follows a group…