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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B-day Donuts and Mad Decent Movies

The 2012 flyfishing film season is officially official—with the International Fly Fishing Film Festival debut in Denver last weekend and the Drake sponsored Fly Fishing Film Tour about to launch later this month in Ventura, CA. (Two completely separate entities, in case you were wondering.) Get your tickets and get in on the fresh goods.…

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Gold Medal Blues on the Blue

What makes a river “gold medal”? A proliferation of beefy trout, for sure. But little more than that it seems. Colorado’s Blue River near Silverthorne has been a designated gold medal river for years. It’s been re-channelized and “stream enhanced” by professionals. It houses large rainbows and browns—sustained thanks to stocking efforts. But it’s what…

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S. Platte Drinking Water Warning

DENVER, CO—An anonymous tip from a Suncor Energy employee alerted state health officials to contamination in tap water on the refinery property near the South Platte River late last week. According to Denver Water authorities the situation appears to be isolated to Suncor’s private system: “Benzene has not been detected in our system. But we are doing…

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North Santiam Steelhead Recovery

This week, Western Rivers Conservancy (WRC) purchased 160 acres of critical steelhead habitat along Oregon’s North Santiam River—a vital Willamette River tributary. Historically, the North Santiam was the largest producer of winter steelhead in the Willamette basin and is the source of approximately one-third of its spring Chinook salmon. Today, fish in the basin are…

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Castro’s Salty Legacy

60 Minute’s Anderson Cooper recently traveled to Cuba’s The Gardens of the Queen (Jardines de la Reina), where he swims with socialist sharks, documents a global model for underwater habitat preservation, and briefly highlights Avalon’s flyfishing operation there. We imagine it’s worth watching… if you can stomach through Phil Mickelson’s minute-long psoriatic arthritis commercial.

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Living on Easement Street

There aren’t many rivers in the Rockies more appealing in late September than Colorado’s lower Taylor, which sits halfway between Crested Butte and Gunnison and is known nationally for its monster, mysis-shrimp-filled rainbows that inhabit the short tailwater section below Taylor Park Reservoir. The river received national attention of a different sort in the spring…

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Drake Fan Tattoos Face

Ever since we were birthed by an 8-pound Jackson Hole cutthroat named Stella back in the late ’90s we’ve been dreaming of this moment. Because nothing says “You have arrived!” like a wicked “DRAKE” tat right across your freakin face. Now that’s commitment right there friends. Who’s next?

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Tebowing for Permit

Our father, who art in Denver. Tebow be thy name. Many people have experienced the joys of catching an important sporting event in Mexico—scrambling to find a TV at a small Mayan village or finding a radio at a bar in Baja. Like last spring, when several friends from Dallas were permit fishing at the Palometa…

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Supreme Decision

Who Really Owns America’s Riverbeds? Tomorrow is a big day in Washington, D.C. for anyone who likes fishing, rafting, or canoeing public water in the United States. In what is likely the most meaningful river-access case ever heard before the U.S. Supreme Court, PPL Montana v Montana is seeking to answer the long-disputed question of…

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Finding Oregon Vs Tomato Time-Lapse

There are plenty of uninspired time-lapse videos making the rounds these days, including this rotten one: Tomato time-lapse. Filmmakers Ben Canales, John Waller, Steve Engman, and Blake Johnson of Uncage the Soul Productions, however, skip the low-hanging fruit and tackle a 1,600 mile road trip across Oregon—delivering the Columbia River Gorge, Mt Hood, Mt Jefferson, the…

Video Blitz: Striped Bass Gamefish

Stripers Forever is a non-profit internet-based conservation organization, seeking game fish status for wild striped bass on the Atlantic Coast, while optimizing sustainable public fishing opportunities for anglers from Maine to North Carolina. The org’s new video drives home compelling arguments for enhanced recreational, conservation-based measures along the Eastern Seaboard. If you’re a fan of…

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Oil Spills in Real Time

BP’s Grand Oily Shitshow of 2010 may have lost its media legs, but spills on domestic turf are happening a lot more frequently than you might think. See all those little red dots on the blue and green map? Yep, right there. Right now. Over at Stop the Drill an online tool created by Oceana and Skytruth…

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Copi Vojta at Lo Fi Fly

Here’s a little tidbit of morning trivia for you: Who was the first and only photog to sail from Antarctica on a Viking ship for 99 days across a pitching Southern Ocean, landed in Jersey City, and then hitch-hiked across the country to find Tom Bie’s couch and intern at world famous Drake Enterprises before…

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BLM Plan Limits River Access

SUMMIT COUNTY, CO—Public access to a 15-mile stretch of the Blue River, from Green Mountain Dam to the confluence with the Colorado River, could come under private ownership if the Bureau of Land Management approves its preferred draft resource management plan, grandfathering land exchanges already under way… even when properties involve river corridors. The land…

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Stuff We Like: Poler Napsack

Poler is a Portland-based brand that delivers an intriguing blend of outdoor essentials for streamside slackers the world over. “It’s for people that wonder why everyone is trying to pretend they are going to do first ascents on alpine peaks instead of celebrating the fact that they are having adventures that are awesome in their…