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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Kamchatka Funfest

With everyone bitching about hotel room conditions in Sochi (and being corralled and killed by Lord Vladimir Putin) it’s interesting to note that conditions in Kamchatka are even worse. Imagine living in a shitty, stinky tent for days on end with nothing to feed the massive ravenous trout but big juicy mouse patterns. The horror.…

Origin

Origin of the Sky

A look into the making of Origin of the Sky, a documentary by Marc Montocchio about the Sian Ka’an Biosphere on Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. Filmed on the island of Punta Pajaros at Casa Blanca Lodge, the film teaser captures underwater shots of feeding bones and schooling permit. It’s slated to be released in Fall 2014.…

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Finding a Way for Wild Elwha Steelhead

Four conservation groups, including the Washington-based Wild Fish Conservancy (WFC), are urging the federal court to halt planned releases of hatchery coho and steelhead into the Elwha River until it can determine whether these actions comply with or violate the Endangered Species Act. Plaintiffs say that hatchery output in the newly reopened Elwha River system would…

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Surface Film IV

Join The Drake on February 6, 2014, at Anthology Fine Art Gallery for Surface Film IV, Denver. The annual show serves beers, live music, and photos and helps raise funds for river conservation in Colorado, including the 1of750 project to help save the state’s greenback cutthroat population. “The image above is just one of 24 amazing…

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Stellar Migrations

Stellar Media’s MIGRATIONS series is an ongoing documentation of the relentless pursuit for perfect conditions—and endless pow. Watch it “Traveling long distances is a matter of survival for some animal species, however for the adventurous human it is a way of life. All creatures are connected by a natural impulse to search, discover, and live.…

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Tug; No Longer the Drug

The drug known commonly as “the tug” died on January 28, 2014, when the impotent one-liner received no reaction from flannel-clad bobber-doggers staring awkwardly up at the rafters of a left coast lodge. The former goodtiming, fist-bump instigator was the progeny of popular fishing idioms. Its great granddaddy, “tight lines,” suffered a similar fate in…

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Spring Looks from Simms

Victoria’s Secret may have bombshells. But we have brown trout. Simms’ 2014 spring catalog launch comes via a smart multimedia mashup of film, photography, words and, of course, gear for the waters we fish. “The Gear Guide intertwines the gear presentation with the company’s iconic photography [by Brian Grossenbacher] and stories. In addition, films by long-time…

USAC

Fight For Utah Rights

In Utah it’s illegal for you and me to recreate (fish, wade, etc.) in public waters that are adjacent to private property. This law limits freedoms for Utah residents and nonresidents, who enjoy the state’s precious streams and waterbeds. HB37 is a bill designed to fix the access mess—to protect public water and property rights.…

USAC

Fight For Utah Rights

In Utah it’s illegal for you and me to recreate (fish, wade, etc.) in public waters that are adjacent to private property. This law limits freedoms for Utah residents and nonresidents, who enjoy the state’s precious streams and waterbeds. HB37 is a bill designed to fix the access mess—to protect public water and property rights.…

BigO Conserv

Big “O” on Conservation

There are a lot of flyfishing companies out there, but few with the corduroy pant-fuelled revenue stream of Orvis. There are also few that funnel us much back into the fishing community through conservation efforts. In addition to giving 5 percent of its pre-tax profits to a long list of vital imperatives over the years, the company…

BigO Conserv

Big “O” on Conservation

There are a lot of flyfishing companies out there, but few with the corduroy pant-fuelled revenue stream of Orvis. There are also few that funnel us much back into the fishing community through conservation efforts. In addition to giving 5 percent of its pre-tax profits to a long list of vital imperatives over the years, the company…

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Tributaries

Crazy Charlie… not so crazy after all. Listen to his riffs and some wise ramblings in the new Tributaries trailer, where divergent cultures are bound by flyfishing commonalities. Watch it Via filmmaker, RC Cone: “Tributaries is a journey to uncover the commonality among different cultures, people and water. It explores the contrasting experiences of three diverse…

crazy guitar

Tributaries

Crazy Charlie… not so crazy after all. Listen to his riffs and some wise ramblings in the new Tributaries trailer, where divergent cultures are bound by flyfishing commonalities. Watch it Via filmmaker, RC Cone: “Tributaries is a journey to uncover the commonality among different cultures, people and water. It explores the contrasting experiences of three diverse…

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Saber-Toothed Salmon

Saber-toothed salmon of the Miocene to Pliocene (13 to 4 million years ago) are making a modern day comeback with the help of 3-D drawings based on fossils found in the Pacific Northwest. Sockeye’s fifth cousin several generations removed measured more than 6 feet long and is named for its mighty teeth—likely used to gnaw…

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Saber-Toothed Salmon

Saber-toothed salmon of the Miocene to Pliocene (13 to 4 million years ago) are making a modern day comeback with the help of 3-D drawings based on fossils found in the Pacific Northwest. Sockeye’s fifth cousin several generations removed measured more than 6 feet long and is named for its mighty teeth—likely used to gnaw…

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Year In Photos—Winner

Your winners for Trouts Fly Fishing and The Drake’s totally-not-rigged “Year in Photos” contest have been selected. This shot of Iron Sheik and James Prosek did not score: But ones like this wintry Colorado pillow-scape did: We’d like to thank everyone who submitted images and joined the voting community. We had a lot of fun…

winners

Year In Photos—Winner

Your winners for Trouts Fly Fishing and The Drake’s totally-not-rigged “Year in Photos” contest have been selected. This shot of Iron Sheik and James Prosek did not score: But ones like this wintry Colorado pillow-scape did: We’d like to thank everyone who submitted images and joined the voting community. We had a lot of fun…

HighDesert

High Desert Flats

On a barren high-desert lake a flats skiff materializes like a mirage. Fish are all encased in gold. Bearded dudes with fly rods are gods. Music hums in the distance. And it’s awesome because, shit, it’s Carlos Santana! Everything suddenly makes perfect sense… “listen how it goes, my rhythm…” Oye como va. It’s all about…

HighDesert

High Desert Flats

On a barren high-desert lake a flats skiff materializes like a mirage. Fish are all encased in gold. Bearded dudes with fly rods are gods. Music hums in the distance. And it’s awesome because, shit, it’s Carlos Santana! Everything suddenly makes perfect sense… “listen how it goes, my rhythm…” Oye como va. It’s all about…

Jose

#fishforjose

Jose Wejebe, who hosted Spanish Fly, a saltwater fishing show on the Outdoor Channel and formerly ESPN, died two years ago when his kit plane plummeted into a field shortly after take-off from Florida’s Everglades Airpark. In celebration of his life, as well as what would have been an upcoming birthday on January 18, friends…

Jose

#fishforjose

Jose Wejebe, who hosted Spanish Fly, a saltwater fishing show on the Outdoor Channel and formerly ESPN, died two years ago when his kit plane plummeted into a field shortly after take-off from Florida’s Everglades Airpark. In celebration of his life, as well as what would have been an upcoming birthday on January 18, friends…