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.

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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…

Montana Wild’s Legal Troubles

Owners and an associate of Missoula, Montana-based film company Montana Wild have been issued 38 state and 11 federal citations following a two-year investigation into violations that stem from commercial filming in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, on USFS lands, without valid permits. The filmmakers were slapped with additional fines—more than $5k total—for breaking state fishing…

Video: Simple Life

FlatsPirate Angling drops in this week with some deep thoughts on finding purpose in a life rigged by institutionalized assumptions. Play close attention students, as far as we can tell the keys to success and happiness lie somewhere amidst the mud and grass and schools of tailing reds. “Better to have a short life that…

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Listen: American Salmon Forest Sessions

A bear-spotting playlist for southeast AK’s remote salmon streams SPOTIFY EMBED I occasionally work as a guide in America’s Tongass National Forest, leading bear-watching trips among towering old growth trees and creeks flush with salmon. Though more than one million people visit this sparsely populated maze of islands in southeast Alaska every year, few venture…

Video: Eternally Wild

“Eternally Wild” showcases northern California’s Smith River; its steelhead, its history and its current plight. Here there are no dams, no clear-cut blocks, no mitigating hatcheries. Instead: ancient forest, iconic redwoods and a powerful symbol of freedom — THE SMITH. But 4,000 acres of the river’s pristine North Fork are now threatened by a toxic mine operation. The…

CHROME: On Location in British Columbia

The latest film from Conservation Hawks, “CHROME” celebrates flyfishing for wild B.C. steelhead while educating anglers on the threats of climate change and ocean acidification. The movie, which features Tom Rosenbauer, Dylan Tomine, Hannah Belford, Kate Taylor, Tim Romano and Todd Tanner, focuses on our responsibility to protect cold, clean waters for future generations.

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Klamath Crumbles

How the largest river restoration project in our nation’s history came undone [When Congress failed to approve the Klamath Agreements this month, it effectively killed the broadly supported and locally developed package of three separate but coordinated settlement agreements. The agreements, hammered out by tribes, ranchers, government agencies, the owner of the dams (PacifiCorp) and environmental…