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.

Susitna Stoecker

Alaska Mega-Dam Proposal Gets “Very Real”

Overshadowed by Pebble Mine but equally troubling when it comes to potential for a large-scale environmental beatdown, a dam proposal targeting the Susitna River continues to make headway. Alaska recently authorized expenditures of $165 million to push the project through the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s expedited permitting process. Matt Stoecker and Travis Rummel, who’ve teamed…

Susitna Stoecker

Alaska Mega-Dam Proposal Gets “Very Real”

Overshadowed by Pebble Mine but equally troubling when it comes to potential for a large-scale environmental beatdown, a dam proposal targeting the Susitna River continues to make headway. Alaska recently authorized expenditures of $165 million to push the project through the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s expedited permitting process. Matt Stoecker and Travis Rummel, who’ve teamed…

Waypoints AK

Waypoints AK

Waypoints, a new flyfishing film by Confluence, premiers this week in select cities across the country. Join The Drake at Denver’s Oriental Theater on Friday night and prepare to get loose. Dan “Rooster” Leavens scoops up a handful of steel in this underwater-porn enriched AK edit, below. Watch it Waypoints is a multi-segmented flyfishing film…

Waypoints AK

Waypoints AK

Waypoints, a new flyfishing film by Confluence, premiers this week in select cities across the country. Join The Drake at Denver’s Oriental Theater on Friday night and prepare to get loose. Dan “Rooster” Leavens scoops up a handful of steel in this underwater-porn enriched AK edit, below. Watch it Waypoints is a multi-segmented flyfishing film…

Waypoints AK

Waypoints AK

Waypoints, a new flyfishing film by Confluence, premiers this week in select cities across the country. Join The Drake at Denver’s Oriental Theater on Friday night and prepare to get loose. Dan “Rooster” Leavens scoops up a handful of steel in this underwater-porn enriched AK edit, below. Watch it Waypoints is a multi-segmented flyfishing film…

FlipBoat

Whatever Folds Your Boat

Turning a boat into origami ain’t easy, but it’s exactly what Dragonfly Boatworks plans to deliver with its oddball “foldable” fiberglass skiff debuting later this month. “We had a particular customer with a particular challenge,” said Mark Castlow of Dragonfly Boatworks, “and, as in most challenges, the solution took on a life of its own.”…

FlipBoat

Whatever Folds Your Boat

Turning a boat into origami ain’t easy, but it’s exactly what Dragonfly Boatworks plans to deliver with its oddball “foldable” fiberglass skiff debuting later this month. “We had a particular customer with a particular challenge,” said Mark Castlow of Dragonfly Boatworks, “and, as in most challenges, the solution took on a life of its own.”…

FlipBoat

Whatever Folds Your Boat

Turning a boat into origami ain’t easy, but it’s exactly what Dragonfly Boatworks plans to deliver with its oddball “foldable” fiberglass skiff debuting later this month. “We had a particular customer with a particular challenge,” said Mark Castlow of Dragonfly Boatworks, “and, as in most challenges, the solution took on a life of its own.”…

Retracing steps in the Skeena Valley

(Still) Steelhead Paradise

I pulled into the Aspen Recreation Site just before 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 3rd, after a 13-hour, nearly nonstop rental-car bender from Vancouver. The site is the lowest of three B.C. Ministry campgrounds along the Morice River, sitting about eleven miles southwest of Houston—home of the world’s largest fly rod, the world’s largest sawmill,…

Vermillion

Vermillion

The Fly Fishing Film Tour (aka “The F3T”) is coming off a marathon nine-month season and edits for 2014 are now streaming in—including this clip that dives deep into the belly of AZ’s cinnabar walls. Watch it Via Kitchen Sink Studios: “Friendship, fly fishing, film and a thirst for adventure, “Vermillion” looks to capture it…

Vermillion

Vermillion

The Fly Fishing Film Tour (aka “The F3T”) is coming off a marathon nine-month season and edits for 2014 are now streaming in—including this clip that dives deep into the belly of AZ’s cinnabar walls. Watch it Via Kitchen Sink Studios: “Friendship, fly fishing, film and a thirst for adventure, “Vermillion” looks to capture it…

Keys Crop

Guides Protest Glades Closure

ISLAMORADA, FL—Keys guides aboard 100 boats banded together on Wednesday to rage against a dysfunctional machine, following lost revenue due to federal closures within Everglades National Park. “The park being closed means we can’t go fishing, that means we can’t make any money, and that means the days of fishing we are losing, we don’t get…

Keys Crop

Guides Protest Glades Closure

ISLAMORADA, FL—Keys guides aboard 100 boats banded together on Wednesday to rage against a dysfunctional machine, following lost revenue due to federal closures within Everglades National Park. “The park being closed means we can’t go fishing, that means we can’t make any money, and that means the days of fishing we are losing, we don’t get…

waypointz

Waypoints Film Premier Hits Denver

Join Trouts Fly Fishing and The Drake for Confluence Films’ latest movie project Waypoints, at Denver’s Oriental Theater next month. The globetrotting piece includes stops at St. Brandon’s Atoll in the Indian Ocean, Patagonian Chile, southeast Alaska, India, and the jungles of Venezuela for payara. Carp dapping in the South Platte, not included. Check out the trailer,…

waypointz

Waypoints Film Premier Hits Denver

Join Trouts Fly Fishing and The Drake for Confluence Films’ latest movie project Waypoints, at Denver’s Oriental Theater next month. The globetrotting piece includes stops at St. Brandon’s Atoll in the Indian Ocean, Patagonian Chile, southeast Alaska, India, and the jungles of Venezuela for payara. Carp dapping in the South Platte, not included. Check out the trailer,…

raccoon

Wildlife Gone Wild

Due to congress’s inability to reach a Kumbaya-like stance on Obamacare, recent government shutdowns have sparked a free-for-all within the now human-free confines of Yellowstone National Park. Sadness settled in late last week, with confirmed reports of an ESA-listed grizzly fornicating with an unnamed raccoon behind an overturned dumpster at the unoccupied Madison Campground. Furloughed…

raccoon

Wildlife Gone Wild

Due to congress’s inability to reach a Kumbaya-like stance on Obamacare, recent government shutdowns have sparked a free-for-all within the now human-free confines of Yellowstone National Park. Sadness settled in late last week, with confirmed reports of an ESA-listed grizzly fornicating with an unnamed raccoon behind an overturned dumpster at the unoccupied Madison Campground. Furloughed…

Cruise

Don’t Dredge It

The idea of a cruise ship vacation sounds awesome—especially if you’re into partying hard with octogenarians, or lack the creativity to pull off a seaworthy itinerary better than this guy’s. But love it or loathe it, there’s no denying the industry brings big bucks to small ports such as Key West. And the raging debate…

Cruise

Don’t Dredge It

The idea of a cruise ship vacation sounds awesome—especially if you’re into partying hard with octogenarians, or lack the creativity to pull off a seaworthy itinerary better than this guy’s. But love it or loathe it, there’s no denying the industry brings big bucks to small ports such as Key West. And the raging debate…

Montana Wild

Breaking Bull

After overdosing on the Breaking Bad season finale, television is back to its usual life-sucking self… so today it’s up to flyfishing teasers to fill that deep void. “Wild Country” from the crew at Montana Wild spews with the kind of bull we like—of the trout variety. Watch it And for your weekly conservation fix, North Fork…

Slovenia

Thursday Buffet: Slovenia & Sweetgrass

Frontsidefly, alongside guitarist Kristian Matsson, makes flyfishing in Slovenia sound good. Check out their latest cuts. Watch it Via frontsidefly.com: “This are some random shots from what we did during the evenings in Slovenia. Filmed with panasonic lumix GH3 and mainly a Voigtländer nokton lens.” And sooner or later it’s going to dump. (Yesterday for those in…

bristol

Anglo Aborts its Stake in Pebble Mine

After sinking hundreds of millions into blueprinting its gold and copper mine monstrosity at the susceptible, fish-rich headwaters of Bristol Bay, AK, mining company Anglo American has officially backed out of the Pebble Limited Partnership. Anglo CEO, Mark Cutifani, said yesterday that the company’s focus would be to “prioritize capital to projects with the highest…

Spill

New Salmon Plan is Same Old

This week NOAA released its 751-page draft plan for protecting endangered Columbia and Snake River salmon, which is basically a carbon copy of three previous federal-court rejected incarnations. Holding out hope for fourth time’s a charm, Save Our Wild Salmon executive director, Joseph Bogaard, said: “Unfortunately, the latest blueprint barely changes the plan rejected by the district…