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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Monkeys Stole My Baby

We’ve been wary of dingos ever since Lindy Chamberlain lost her kid in a campground heist close to Ayers Rock, in Central Australia. But we’re now adding baby stealing monkeys to the list of sneaky little bastards to avoid. According to the UK’s Daily Telegraph, Malaysian authorities have been battling soaring macaque populations in cities.…

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Illinois Secures Public Access Funds

The country’s fifth most populous state, with close to 95-percent of lands held in private hands, just received a $500,000+ boost toward public access. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has collected a $525,250 federal grant earmarked to provide public access to private lands for hunting and fishing. The state’s Recreational Access Program will start…

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Masters of the “Trout Pout”

It seems that the “trout pout” phenomenon comes from more than whiny flyfishers missing strikes on the river. Actress/cougar Lisa Rinna’s career has been thoroughly buoyed by a flurry of Botox injections over the years, stemming back to 1986. But her signature, British media-coined “trout pout” is about to undergo deflation. “The former Melrose Place…

Thieves Score Record Trout Haul

CANTON, N.C.—Realizing the skyrocketing street value of hatchery trout, criminal materminds recently scored a 600-pound haul from a Haywood County trout farm. Police are on the scent. “[Sunburst Trout Farm owners] Sally Eason and her husband went to harvest one of their ponds and found almost no fish. Eason says the thieves baited the water to get…

Rampage 2010

While flyfishing won’t make Red Bull’s radar for upcoming “extreme” showdowns anytime soon—unless your name’s Conway, perhaps—we thought we’d share this footage from the Rampage 2010 finals, which capped off this past weekend in Virgin, Utah. The course plummeted 1,500 vertical feet and featured a 63-foot canyon jump. Check out Cameron Zink’s winning spin off…

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Vegas Death Ray

Ahhh, Las Vegas. Casino row, super classy strippers, and all-you-can-eat buffets for miles on end. What else could you ask for, right? Well, it turns out that all isn’t paradise on the strip these days, and guests of a swanky new hotel are being “inconvenienced” by a menacing beam of intense light, which employees have…

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Debate: Defining “Conservation”

South Carolina, Arizona, Arkansas, and Tennessee are four states currently considering adding the right to hunt and fish to their constitutions this fall. Ten states already have such provisions, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. New York Times reporter Eric Eckholm discusses the phenomenon in light of clashing definitions of conservation in our…

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Coveting Another Man’s Rig

Many of you might have friends with enviable rigs. Our friend Nick’s, for instance, is so nice its previous owner, snowboard OG Mikey Basich, shed tears when he forked over the keys to his beloved, fully-customized-all-terrain-super beast. Now we shed tears every time we see it in Nick’s driveway, because we wish it was ours.…

$50,000 Wake-Up

Having surfed couches and crusty floors for what seems like forever, we’re ready to step our sleep game up. The NYTimes recently reviewed luxury British bed makers, Savoir Beds’ spendy mattresses—with price tags upwards of 50 G’s for their horsehair, springs, and cashmere concoctions. The verdict? “I woke up shortly before 7 a.m., from a…

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PBR Goes Viral

Despite PBR becoming somewhat of a cliché—or perhaps iconic?— across the bro/brah flyfishing contingent, we still like it… a lot. This little salute to an American classic reaffirms that conviction. “Buy Pabst Blue Ribbon. Help save ’merica. Drink it you asshole.”

Native Flyfishing Guides

BRISTOL BAY, AK—Flyfishers from the Lower 48 have dominated the AK guide ranks for years. But a move to bring more native Alaskans into the mix is gaining traction in the Bristol Bay area. The second Bristol Bay Fly Fishing Academy was recently held in Ekwok, Alaska. “Until now, few of these guides have been…

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Flyfishing Goes Urban

DENVER—In the wake of incessant e-mail updates from AFFTA regarding its IFTD tradeshow kicking off later this week (shameless plug: don’t miss the Drake film tour awards on Thurs. night), the Trout Underground shares its Top Five “Perfect” Ideas For Growing Fly Fishing Among Urban Dwellers. No. 1? Run shuttle buses from downtown areas to…

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Headlines: June 29, 2010

Fisheries Official Makes It Rain RoublesCrooked fisheries managers are a dime a dozen this month. Gambian police recently re-arrested its ex-fisheries minister in a drugs and corruption case. And a Russian fisheries official, suspected of accepting bribes, tossed 10 million roubles ($322,000) from his car after a police chase in Moscow earlier this week. Meanwhile,…

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Steven Rinella Has No Advice

Buffalo hunter, fly fisher, and author Steven Rinella talks to Outside Magazine about his formative days as a pro fur trapper. His advice for aspiring outdoors writers: “None. I have no idea what to say. I hang out with a lot of writers. None of them have the same story. Nothing I could say of someone could…

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Headlines: June 28, 2010

10 Brews for SummerIn the boat, on the river bank, the bedside nightstand, at breakfast in your underwear, there’s nothing like a cold, canned beer to beat the heat. Esquire Mag ranks its 10 best for summer swilling. Included in the mix are two of our favs: New Belgium’s Fat Tire (nice work, Larry) and…

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Tarpon Springs is Gnarly

FLORIDA—If you’re driving through Tarpon Springs this month, in search of poons, keep your eyes peeled and stay safe… or she’ll get ya. A Tarpon Springs woman is accused of running over her boyfriend on Saturday. Police say 58-year-old Kathy Wolanin, pictured left, was tailing her man as he walked along Pinellas Avenue. “He turned…

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FrankenSalmon

Does eating genetically engineered salmon make you a freak? Probably. “But wait, you say. The government won’t release all the documents on how this genetically engineered fish is being produced. The FDA says that’s because it regulates genetic