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.

Video Daze: Atlanticus

Castaway Films’ latest trailer for Atlanticus travels deep up northern Costa Rica’s jungle river systems in search of triple-digit tarpon. The freshwater fishery, fed by seasonal rains, is also stomping grounds for garfish, sawfish, bull sharks, and cute, cuddly caiman. The feature length film is due Jan. 2018. Meantime, here’s a snippet of what’s cooking.

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48 Hours with Tim Borski

IT’S 3:00 A.M. IN THE EVERGLADES AND TIM BORSKI IS LOOKING FOR SNAKES. I’m riding along with him as we drive very slowly down State Road 9336—the only four-digit road in Florida. It is 34 miles from Florida City to Flamingo, a distance we are currently covering at about 15 miles per hour. “Right up…

Video Daze: Contradictions

Redington’s Find Your Water series kicks off a new year with the short film Contradictions, introducing us to a Billings, MT-based angler who’s mastered both his mine and fishing crafts. From a mile underground, drilling and blasting, to miles of open water on the Bighorn River, drifting and casting, Rich Schwend navigates the contrasting elements…

Video Daze: B.C. Spring Tour

T-Motion theater’s latest vid fires up the chopper and points it toward the remote reaches of British Columbia’s Skeena River system to search for big kings (10 to 90+ pounds) on the swing. “Steelhead are the most sought-after fish in this province, but by far the chinook pull a lot harder.” Anglers on camera include…

Video Daze: Finding Fontinalis

Shot on location in Canada, Argentina, Montana, California, and Florida, Finding Fontinalis investigates the suspicious rumors of a world-record brookie said to be caught by John William Cook in 1915. That year Cook disappeared into the vast boreal forests of northern Ontario, eventually emerging with a 14.5-pound superlunker. A century later, three anglers descend upon the…

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Analysts Blast AK’s Pebble Mine; Northern Dynasty Stock Tanks

With Bristol Bay sockeye salmon stocks on the upswing, the mining company that would potentially be their demise took a stock-market thrashing this week. Canadian firm Northern Dynasty Minerals saw its value skyrocket after Trump’s victory thanks to frothing investors championing the company’s prospects under the new regime. On Tuesday, however, New York-based Kerrisdale Capital Management…

Video Daze: Corazón

Corazón, from filmmaker R.A. Beattie, starts with Mike Dawes telling the story of donating half his liver to save his father’s life. But mostly it’s about Mike’s friend—well-known Mexican flats guide Sandflea—a man whose physical heart is damaged, but whose symbolic heart is flawless. Through Mike and Sandflea, we get a glimpse into the best parts of friendship:…

LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENTS INSPECT A "TRESSPASS GROW" ON CALIFORNIA PUBLIC LAND

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California Makes Weed Tax Work… for Fish

Amid November’s national display of democracy California passed Prop. 64, joining the brotherhood of states legalizing recreational marijuana use. Humboldt Nation, on the North Coast, is the crossroads of both Cali weed and steelhead culture. It’s no secret that illegal weed grows have dewatered and poisoned key steelhead and salmon spawning tributaries. But soon skunked…

Monumental Maneuvers

Meet America’s—and a flyfisher’s—best conservation weapon Last Friday the Utah State Senate joined the House to approve a resolution asking President Trump to abolish the Bears Ears National Monument. In December, former president Obama used the Antiquities Act to convey protected status on 1.35 million acres in southeastern Utah, a move that prompted fierce opposition…

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Breaking News: Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduces bill to sell off excess Utah congressmen Responding to public outcry from millions of American hunters and anglers over an endless stream of Utah-spawned public-land transfer bills, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden this morning introduced legislation that calls for the responsible disposal of five Utah Congressmen “deemed to serve…

Video Daze: Decline of the Lower Deschutes

For millennia, the Deschutes sent cold, clear flows through central Oregon’s parched high-desert expanses. That changed in 2009, when Portland General Electric (PGE) began dumping vile bile-green surface water from Lake Billy Chinook into the lower D. The results have been murderous for trout and steelhead, marvelous for smallies. The Deschutes River Alliance last year…