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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Making Flyfishing Less Boring

Breaking Bad has quickly become one of our favorite, wickedly entertaining dramas on AMC. Turns out ol’ Uncle Hank shares a serious hankering for flyfishing, too. From Hank’s Blog: “This one time, Uncle Hank took me fishing. I know, we live in Albuquerque—where can you fish here? Well, there’s lots of places: Jemez, Pecos. Anyway,…

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Headlines: May 19, 2010

Obama’s Salmon Plan (Pending)On May 20, the Obama administration is slated to release its revised salmon and steelhead plan for the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Based on signals from fed agencies over the past three months, this “new” plan may look disappointingly like George W’s old plan, about which U.S. District Court Judge James Redden,…

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Obama’s Salmon Plan (Pending)

On May 20, the Obama administration is slated to release its revised salmon and steelhead plan for the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Based on signals from fed agencies over the past three months, this “new” plan may look disappointingly like George W’s old plan, about which U.S. District Court Judge James Redden, the Nez Perce…

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North Park—Getting Drilled

Over the protests of conservation groups, federal land managers moved to open 11,160 acres of North Park for gas and oil drilling. According to the Denver Post, the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management—despite vows to emphasize conservation—decided the nation’s need for domestic oil justified the decision.

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Swinging for the Fishes

Swinging for the FishesIntrepid contributing editor/tequila connoisseur Will Rice blogs about a recent soggy weekend on the river. “I had walked for over a mile in the drizzling rain. I didn’t know exactly what I was looking for. The sky was overcast and the low hanging clouds moved through the mountains on either side like specters.…

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May 18, 2010: Headlines

Urban Fishing on Rebounding RiversNational Geographic—The flyfisher wading this clear-flowing river scene could evoke mental images of Montana. Except this isn’t. “Instead of pines and mountains, the backdrop is a busy high street, with red double-decker buses, betting shops, and kebab houses. This river, the Wandle, runs through the middle of London. A similar scene…

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Urban Fishing on Rebounding Rivers

National Geographic—The flyfisher wading this clear-flowing river scene could evoke mental images of Montana. Except this isn’t. “Instead of pines and mountains, the backdrop is a busy high street, with red double-decker buses, betting shops, and kebab houses. This river, the Wandle, runs through the middle of London. A similar scene unfolds in central Stockholm. Outside…

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Fish Market Buckles to Social Media Call

Seattle, WA—As reported on sites such as Moldy Chum, Pike’s Place Fish Market, in Seattle, WA, recently heeded the viral call of the masses, discontinuing its controversial carrying of wild Pacific Northwest steelhead. Pause for applause. “We’ve read your emails, we’ve taken in the conversations at the market, we’ve had sustainability representatives speak at our meetings, and…

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May 17, 2010: Headlines

Yosemite Falls vs. 7-ElevenThe Adventure Life—In an ultimate slurpee showdown, Yosemite Falls has unseated 7-Eleven as Slurpee King of the West. Recent springtime temps in Yosemite National Park triggered a natural phenomenon called frazil ice, a slurry of slush that flows like lava down Yosemite Creek. “It’s not snow, it’s not ice, it’s something in the middle,” says…

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Yosemite Falls vs. 7-Eleven

The Adventure Life—In an ultimate slurpee showdown, Yosemite Falls has unseated 7-Eleven as Slurpee King of the West. Recent springtime temps in Yosemite National Park triggered a natural phenomenon called frazil ice, a slurry of slush that flows like lava down Yosemite Creek. “It’s not snow, it’s not ice, it’s something in the middle,” says Ranger Victoria…

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National Trout Learning Center

Rochester, MN—With the support of both city and county officials and organizations like Trout Unlimited and the Minnesota Trout Association, a steering committee hopes build a $3.5 million permanent center for trout education. The center is being modeled after the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, which expects to see 100,000 visitors this year.

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Water Bump for WA Steelhead

Prescott, WA—Endangered wild steelhead now have a little more water in the Touchet River, thanks to the collaboration between a Prescott farmer and a conservation trust. Up to 3 cubic feet per second, or about 1.9 million gallons a day, of water is now protected permanently for steelhead and other fish, and landowner Melvin Talbott will…

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May 14, 2010: Headlines

Gulf Update GrimNew Orleans—In its 24 days BP’s mistake has poured about 5.1 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico 50 miles south of the Mississippi River delta at the rate of 210,000 gallons per day. The company is drilling a relief well it hopes will make contact with the existing well in…

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Gulf Update Grim

New Orleans—In its 24 days BP’s mistake has poured about 5.1 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico 50 miles south of the Mississippi River delta at the rate of 210,000 gallons per day. The company is drilling a relief well it hopes will make contact with the existing well in two…

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May 13, 2010: Headlines

Keaton Talks Conch Penis and Pirates on LettermanConch penis, anyone? And does Michael’s fishing buddy Tom Brokaw have a beef with Dave?Source Link David Blaine is SharkbaitMagician David Blaine chartered a sailboat with menswear designer Adam Kimmel and marine photographer and filmmaker Bob Talbot to perform yet another feat of endurance, bravery, and, some might…

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Sac Season: “Lacks Logic”

Last fall, the number of chinook salmon that returned to the Sacramento River was the lowest in history. Yet ocean fisherman have received the go-ahead to drop lines this spring and summer—in spite of bans the past two years and fish-tally estimates that critics say are impossible. For Mike Bogue, a river-fishing guide in Redding…

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David Blaine is Sharkbait

Magician David Blaine chartered a sailboat with menswear designer Adam Kimmel and marine photographer and filmmaker Bob Talbot to perform yet another feat of endurance, bravery, and, some might argue, complete insanity. The reason for the expedition was simple enough: Blaine was planning to swim in open water with roughly 20 great white sharks. He…

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May 12, 2010: Headlines

The River Why Watch It?David James Duncan, author of acclaimed novel The River Why, won’t be watching the silverscreen version currently touring film festivals across the country. In a statement on his blog, Duncan, who fought the filmmakers in court for several years for film rights (settled in 2008), says: “So, to the filmmakers—and the betrayers,…

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The River Why Watch It?

David James Duncan, author of acclaimed novel The River Why, won’t be watching the silverscreen version currently touring film festivals across the country. In a statement on his blog, Duncan, who fought the filmmakers in court for several years for film rights (settled in 2008), says: “So, to the filmmakers—and the betrayers, too: peace. And to…