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.


April 30, 2010: Headlines

LA to FL Fisheries Under Oil Spill GunThe slick from the BP oil rig that exploded and sank last week could become the nation’s worst environmental disaster in decades, threatening hundreds of species of fish, birds and other wildlife along the Gulf Coast, one of the world’s richest seafood grounds, teeming with shrimp, oysters and…


Judge Rules for Wild Salmon

Seattle—U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency and National Marine Fisheries Service ignored the government’s own recovery plans for endangered salmon and orcas when they found that a formal environmental review of the state’s standards was not necessary.Source Link


April 29, 2010: North Park, 50 for the Win

North Park: Beautiful, Wild—Energy Developed(?)Potential for new energy development in tributaries of the North Platte River in northern North Park, west of Cameron Pass, has the National Wildlife Federation and other sportsmen’s advocacy groups crying foul. The groups on Wednesday filed official protests with the federal government to try to stop energy development in the most…


April 28, 2010: Headlines

Mike Agee: UM All-American Tackles Fly FishingAgee, a two-time All-American guard for the University of Montana Grizzlies, has owned and operated Agee Outfitting in Helena since 2003 after working with and for other outfitters here and abroad virtually from the time he left UM in the spring of 1997. Source Link Yakima River: 30 Years After QuackenbushThe ruling —…

River Why

The River Why – a review

Dallas, Texas. There is one scene, early in the film adaptation of David James Duncan’s The River Why, where flyfishermen will undoubtedly connect with the movie. It comes the day Gus Orviston, played by Zach Gilford, ditches his parents and his life and moves into a run-down cabin along an Oregon coastal stream. After bringing…

American Fly Fishing Trade Association takes place in Rock Springs, Wyoming.

FFR Headquarters

2010 Flyfishing Trade Show to be Held in Lobby of Rock Springs EconoLodge

With the announcement this week by the American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA) that it would “sponsor and/or endorse and/or ignore and/or relocate an Independent Fly Fishing show in 2010,” it came as welcome news to the industry this morning that the trade group has settled on the lobby of the Rock Springs, Wyoming, EconoLodge…

Orlando Outfitters

Orlando Outfitters

Orlando Outfitters first opened its doors in January of 2005. Since then, Tim and TJ Bettis, along with shop manager Chris Barco, have shown that Orlando has much more than just the Magic Kingdom. With three full-time employees and a couple of part-timers, the shop always has someone ready to talk fishing. Redfish and seatrout…



Print is Dead

“I think a writer owes the readers a new way of telling a story.” —Ken Kesey As the 15th Drake makes its way across the country this fall, I find myself intrigued by all the recent chatter on the downfall of magazines, most of it coming from new-media pundits shouting their favorite proclamation: “Print is…