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: Yakutia, The Land That Time Forgot

In 2005 Ilya Sherbovich, owner of Russia’s Ponoi River Co., assembled a tight-knit crew to investigate Siberia’s untouched taimen fisheries, including remote rivers in Yakutia province. Eleven years later, he came back. This time with a yacht, helicopter, and better music. In Yakutia Capt Jack Productions chronicles that ten-river search for taimen, lenok, grayling, monster pike, and…

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Salmon in AK’s Tongass Catch a Break (Cue the Celebration)

The U.S. Forest Service this month finalized an amendment to its Tongass Land and Resource Management plan that will help conserve more than 70 salmon and trout streams within Southeast Alaska’s 17-million-acre Tongass National Forest. The decision helps safeguard fish thanks to provisions that transition the Tongass timber program from old-growth logging to one based on…

Watch The Award-Winning Film—The Super Salmon

Directed by Alaska filmmaker Ryan Peterson, The Super Salmon is a super-inspiring film chronicling what could have been something super-shitty: the proposed Susitna-Watana dam on Alaska’s Susitna River. The 300-mile river is home to all five species of pacific salmon, including the state’s fourth largest chinook run. The latest concrete threat called for erecting the country’s second tallest…

Video Daze: Pike Land

People of Zwolle, a Netherlands municipality located east of the Amsterdam haze, are known as Blauwvingers (blue fingers). Story goes, way back when cash-strapped citizens sold church bells to a neighboring town for a pile of worthless coins. Counting the copper turned their fingers a unique shade of North Sea indigo. LOOP’s predator team may have…

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OP School of Spey (Sorry Dudes… Ladies Only)

This winter, Alyssa Halls of Owl Creek Flies is gathering a group of aspiring steelheaders for an inspiring sesh on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. The Ladies Winter Steelhead Fishing Retreat & Workshop is a hands-on clinic hosted in conjunction with Brazda’s Fly Fishing that includes Skagit-style casting, steelhead fly-tying, wade fishing and swung-fly presentations—plus plenty of time…

IT’S AN EARLY MAY MORNING IN SOUTHEAST ALASKA AND I WAKE TO THE SOUND OF SOMETHING EATING CRACKERS.

Two Sides of Southeast Alaska

Rolling over from my plywood perch on the top bunk, I peer down to see all three of my cabinmates asleep. So I rule them out. Slipping the headlamp from beneath my pillow and turning on the light reveals not one but two Alaska-sized mice sitting on top of a cooler, munching saltines. I stare…

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Believing in Bulls

Some trout get all the hype. That’s not the case for the aloof one in the lineup. Bull trout are no one’s celebrated state fish. No boutique digs cater solely to the species. They don’t mix well with nonnative riffraff. And they cast doubt on those who call climate change a hoax. 

Video Daze: Along the Way

Hooké’s full-length version of “Along the Way” is finally live. Here’s looking at you, Canada. “We produced this movie with all the encounters and all the great moments we shared by the river in mind. Gaspé, New-Brunswick, Baie-James, Labrador and British Columbia were all incredible places, but the things we’ll remember the most are the people we…

Video Daze: Xplor Andros, Ch. 4

Keys to surviving an extended camping expedition on the remote West Side of Andros Island, in the Bahamas? Beer and a love for bonefish. In the 4th installment of Xplor Andros, Frankie Marion, Jeff Rybak, and flats guide Solomon Murphy focus on the “capture”. Read more about the crew and their mission in flats-fishing minimalism at…