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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Givin ‘Em the “Green Weenie”

  Former Sen. Alan Simpson (R, Wyo.) sparked a minor media kerfuffle when he whipped out the words “Green Weenie” during a recent CNN interview. If you’ve ever fished PA’s Little J, you’re likely familiar with the GW—and its aphrodisiac-like charms on resident browns. For those who live in Green Bay however, the green weenie warmer…

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Live from Portlandia

  Portland and hipsters go together like flip-flops and foot fungus. Emotionally detached. Ironically awesome. Wrapped snug in circa 1990s flannel. Pack your scarf collection, skinny jeans, single-speed bike bedecked with Spey rod and you’ll fit in fine. (Prime example: Portland-based Drake contributor, Chris Santella.)

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Last “Ditch” Attempt

MONTANA—In the pantheon of fishy states, Montana remains Boss because of its well-defined, populist-minded stream access laws. But a recent bill carried by a Dillon lawmaker is raising angler red flags with its redefinition of what constitutes a “ditch,” potentially sidelining the public from any waterways that receive natural stream-water diversions.

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Recognize this Deadbeat?

    Angling Trade Magazine is reporting that a group of fucks pillaged thousands of dollars in loot from several Colorado specialty flyshops. “A well-orchestrated group of thieves is targeting Colorado fly shops. So far they have made off with several thousand dollars in merchandise. The group is stealing high end product. Among the shops hit thus far: Laughing Grizzly,…

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Conserving Yellowstone Cutts

  Yellowstone Lake’s native Yellowstone cutthroat population has been decimated by nonnative lake trout. Park planners recently released a Native Trout Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment that proposes a long-term strategy to protect and restore cutthroat trout and other native fish. Jan. 31 marks the public commentary deadline. For more details hit Smithhammer’s latest blog…

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Super 8; Super Dirty

  According to today’s Denver Post, Colorado’s Estes Park—home to the headwaters of the Big Thompson River—houses one of America’s Top 10 Dirtiest Hotels. Its Super 8 ranked No. 8. (Uncanny!) No word on whether this is directly correlated to area flyfisher traffic. But we have a hunch….

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Chef Ramsay is a Super Sleuth

From what we’ve seen of Gordon Ramsay’s TV antics, there’s no limits to the douchebaggery of Britain’s top cooking nitwit. The chef was recently doused in gasoline and held at gunpoint while “investigating” illegal shark fishing in Costa Rica. We’re just surprised no one’s tried to kill him sooner.