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.


Deschutes Disappearing

This short film by photographer Scott Nelson highlights the highs and lows of Deschutes River waters. Before the dams went in, the Deschutes flowed a fairly consistent 700 to 800 cubic feet per second (cfs) year-round, said Brett Hodgson, district biologist for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in Bend. There would be occasional increases…


Egg Sucking Leeches

There’s gold in them thar waters. And Idaho miners and politicians aim to suck it.  Last week an Idaho House committee advanced a bill to permit suction dredging in some of the most pristine rivers in the west. The Middle Fork of the Salmon, Clearwater, and Lochsa rivers are among the waters with protected salmon, steelhead, and…



Xboundary explores British Columbia’s open-pit mining craze and the potential for lethal shit to move downstream. “The massive size and location of the mines—at the headwaters of major salmon rivers that flow across the border into Alaska—has Alaskans concerned over pollution risks posed to their multi-billion dollar fishing and tourism industries. These concerns were heightened…

White Salmon

White Salmon Welcomes Them Back

Since PacifiCorp’s crusty Condit Dam fell in 2011, Washington State’s White Salmon River has seen small but escalating returns of steelhead and chinook to spawning areas upstream of the deconstruction zone. According to WDFW fishery biologists a total of 88 spring chinook spawners were estimated to have entered the river in 2013, and another 216 last…

Red Chris

Foreign Mine Threatens AK Salmon

With digging underway, Canada’s latest mine has become the newest concern for Alaska’s wild fish advocates. Last week, an open-pit gold-and-copper producer called Red Chris began operating in the British Columbia headwaters of the Stikine River, an undammed waterway that flows more than 400 miles, crossing borders and spilling into an 11,000-hectare delta near Wrangell, AK.


Aerial Ramifications, Ascension Bay

With chopper rentals running upwards of 10k a day, drones are seeing increased use in the photographer/filmmaker’s toolkit. Photographer Matt Jones tells us he logged long hours on the simulator to dial in his flying skills, but still dunked one camera on this last shoot… making it more spendy than planned. These top-to-bottom views of Ascension…


Stream Access on Trial… Still

Utah Stream Access Coalition’s Weber River Navigability Case goes to trial this Friday, February 6, at the Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake City. And if flyfishing on public waters without the fear of being harassed sounds good, this is an important and potentially precedent setting case. For instance, by demonstrating that the Weber River was used…


2014 Dam Removals

From coast to coast the deadbeats continue to drop. According to American Rivers’ latest report, communities in 19 states in partnership with non-profit organizations and state and federal agencies removed 72 dams in 2014—restoring more than 730 miles of streams for the benefit of fish, wildlife, and people. California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois,…

steel symposium

Hatchery Vs. Wild Symposium

Hatchery vs. wild salmon and steelhead fisheries management is a lightning-rod issue for anglers and the science community alike. On January 22-23, in Portland, the Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society is hosting a public symposium on the topic, focusing on research, management, and potential reform. Four sessions will include: Hatchery Fish Performance and Genetics,…


An Abominable Boat Story

Drake contributor Tim Romano has had a rough year. It started with the tragic river death of his younger sister, Kathryn Walker. And it ended in a car crash that saw the wooden dory he rebuilt and named in her honor smashed to pieces. “Just before Christmas, I took advantage of some very warm weather…


It’s Bigfoot, Fisherman Says

This looks legit. According to fisherman John Rodriguez, northern Tampa’s Hillsborough River is a great place to fish for gar and snap pictures of birds. On Dec. 26, however, shit got real when the 66-year-old retired electrician says he heard squishing sounds, looked over and saw this “thing” walking through the water and crouching down for a…

Pesca Maya’s energy revolution

Chill Out

Rogelio Velasco has owned Yucatan-based Pesca Maya fishing resort for 19 years, so he knows the challenge of producing off-the-grid electricity, especially for power-hungry air conditioners. Pesca Maya, like all Ascension Bay resorts, sits inside the Sian Ka’an biosphere reserve, where power lines don’t exist and aren’t forthcoming. So instead, most lodges rely on diesel…


Skeena Anglers’ Auction

The Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition (SWCC) is a driving force behind initiatives aimed at protecting British Columbia’s Skeena River system—and its storied steelhead and salmon runs. Read more about the Sacred Headwaters campaign and its successful battle against a drill-happy Shell Global last summer, here. SWCC’s Anglers’ Auction starts on March 3. All funds go…