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.

Jigger

The Jig Is Up

After months of discussion and debate, bickering and banter, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) delivered a firm message last week: No more jigging in Boca Grande Pass. “There’s not going to be a huge impact from this one ruling,” says Save the Tarpon spokesperson, Tom McLaughlin. “But it’s groundbreaking for the FWC,…

Skykomish

Save the Skykomish

Washington State’s Skykomish River is born at the confluence of its north and west forks and drains a sliver of the western Cascades, where a looming Mt. Index has pondered its course for millennia. It’s a pretty picture, one where steelhead and salmon enter the fray seasonally, and one that could be marred by a $150…

Townie

The Townie

For your unbelabored Labor Day viewing, introducing Timmy Yochum of Bend, Oregon—a kid who works grocery store hours and rips no-handed wheelies en route to the river. Via RA Beattie and Beattie Outdoor Productions. “In their hometown of Bend, Oregon, Timmy Yochum is one who spends as much of his time on the water as possible…

Habitat

More Habitat… For Chrissakes

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) this week pledged $3.73 million to habitat restoration projects in Oregon and Washington, helping restore more than 1,800 acres benefitting threatened anadromous species. Funny enough, the ol’ habitat underdog is seeing a resurgence in popularity as a key ingredient to rebuilding prolific populations of big steelhead, chinook, and…

Instaking

Insta-King

This impressive Instagrammed king salmon has been floating around the Interwebs today. Hashtagged details suggest: #chinook, #speyrod, #flyfishing, #bc, #skeena, #omg, #bigfish. This closer-up confirms the last two, and obvious omissions such as: #holyshit, #makesuskindahorny, and #bc-bound…

Dean Discards

Dean Steelhead Fall Victim to Commercial Kicks

Commercial netters on British Columbia’s north coast have dumped more than 167,000 prohibited salmon and steelhead this season in order to catch millions of pinks. The mostly illegal and often unregulated “release” process includes keeping imperiled species out of the water for extended periods, toe-punting and flinging them off boat decks, and killing steelhead, chinook, chum,…

Cielo

Cielo Grande… Montana

Cielo Grande—a new edit from Yukon Goes Fishing—detours through Montana and surfaces on Vimeo for three minutes of bank heists and well played smash-and-grabs. Watch it Via Yukon: “Cielo Grande. Large Air. Big Sky. After almost a year away from Montana’s waters, I took a whirlwind tour of some new waters and old favorites. It…

Squared

Square Shots

Felt Soul filmmaker and photog Ben Knight pushes his camera phone beyond selfies and the blurry night before with this inspired “Square Shooter” collection recently featured at the Adventure Journal. Here, Knight proves that A) his Telluride backyard is a pretty decent backdrop. And B)… that 2k we burned on our DSLR might have been…

Bloody

Blood in the Water

Late-summer in the northern gulf marks a murderous phenomenon involving lightning-fast false albacore in a head-on collision with a glut of blood minnows (aka, bay anchovies). “Blood in the Water” showcases the Tarantino-esque blowup. Watch it. Via Shallow Water Expeditions

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Blessing of the Boats 2013

It’s time to bless your drift boats, heathens. If you’re anywhere near Baldwin, Michigan, on August 2-3 Stealthcraft’s 2nd Annual Blessing of the Boats promises brews, good eats, live entertainment, and a karmic river clean-up on the Muskegon. Of course, all makes of boats are welcome. “To launch our new production facility and to get some…

Trashy

Trash Fish Ruins Perfectly Good Day

Since carp become the raison d’être for fly anglers across the country, nobody really gives a shit about trout anymore. Case in point, earlier this week a pair of anglers targeting a pod of scum-blitzing cyprinids on Montana’s Bighorn Lake were really down-in-the-dumps after accidentally hooking and landing a 28-inch brown trout on a cicada dry…

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Liquid Gold

Sierra Nevada’s Volcano Creek is home to what experts believe is the world’s first golden trout—”protogolden” as it’s been dubbed by CalTrout’s Craig Balenger. Today less than two dozen protogoldens remain. The short film Liquid Gold is being created to raise awareness “of this magnificent fish, its habitat, and its plight.” The adventure starts in the…

VIDS

Kings of Vegas

Las Vegas—the city of we can’t quite remember all the details—ushered in the 8th Annual Drake Video Awards last week with an emceeing Elvis, a showgirl named Andrea, and the best flyfishing films of all time at its namesake hotel, the LVH. Leading the Best New Film charge was South African filmmaker Jako Lucas’ The…

slovenia

There’s Always a Hatch Somewhere

In this “some sort of 20 min recap from our trip to slovenia this spring…” snus-sponsored filmmakers Rolf Nylinder and crew search for dry-fly munching marble trout. Along the way we learn about the evils of indigenous maple trees and that strong coffee is vital to good trouting, as well as fighting STDs. Watch it “Over the…

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Tongass Plan Axes Salmon from the Equation

In 2010 the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees the Forest Service, pledged to put a rapid end to large scale old-growth timber harvest in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. The idea was to emphasize second-growth management, with a new focus on regional economic bright spots such as fishing, tourism, and salmon. On Wednesday, however, any notion…

riggins

Former NFLer Sues FlyFishing TV Host

This guy is not suing his hairdresser. He is, however, seeking $300,000 from Curtis Fleming and the “Fly Rod Chronicles” TV show for misappropriation of his name and likeness. According to The Courthouse News Service, former Redskins running back John Riggins is accusing Fleming and Fly Fishing Expeditions in Fairfax County Court of misusing footage of Riggins…

BBay Win

Most Americans Hate Pebble Mine

That’s right, America. Land of the free. Home of people who hate environmentally exploitive mines. According to the EPA’s Bristol Bay public comment periods, which officially closed over the weekend, 70 percent of you told the agency that Pebble Mine can suck it. PR Newswire is calling the result a “decisive victory for Bristol Bay”…

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Missouri & Metal

June was so last month. We’re ushering in July today with some metal and Missouri River fishing via those crazy kids at scumliner media in Craig, MT. Watch it “A quick day of flyfishing on the Missouri River, Montana with Mark Raisler (Squeeky Oar Lock – or – SOL) from Headhunters Fly Shop. A fishing…

Bristol EPA

Warning: Dangerous Decisions Ahead

This Sunday marks your last chance to help the Environmental Protection Agency decide who’s boss in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region: Salmon or the schmucks who want to dig a MASSIVE open pit mine and leave pristine habitats for dead. After receiving more than 200,000 responses in the lead-up to its early June deadline, the EPA extended…

CR

Florida Keys Catch & Release

Flats fishing was born in the Florida Keys, with roots dating back to the first ’poon caught on a hook and line in the 1880s. Today tarpon and bonefish are vital components of a recreational fishery that bolsters the state’s bottom line with annual cash infusions of more than $6 billion. In order to maintain…

Salmonfly

Tuesday 2-For

From the Colorado to the Henry’s Fork high water and big bug season is upon us. The crew over at Henry’s Fork Anglers go slammin’ for salmonflies. Check out the invasion. “This is a short film of the epic salmonfly fishing on the Henry’s Fork River in Idaho. A few of the guides hit the…

Frank

What if transgenic salmon bred with trout?

The neighbor’s randy Chihuahua, Sven, with a hankering for your lower leg? Doesn’t really count. BUT interspecies liaisons are the real deal, with real-world repercussions. Think ligers, zonkeys, pizzly bears, and Donald Trump. In the underwater world, Atlantic salmon will mate with browns. And the frankenfish Cinderella story of the future, according to scientists, could…