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: Land of Endless Days

Iceland has the world’s happiest people, a hot tub in every town, and “WIND, WIND and fucking wind,” says Swiss angler/filmmaker Luc Malbois. In The Land of Endless Days Malbois and Romain Mettaz spend 10 days sight-fishing the country’s lakes and rivers for Arctic char and prehistoric-looking browns. “The first day the Varma was really low. The second day,…

Video Daze: Xplor Andros, Ch. 2

Xplor Andros is a multipart series from C1 Films, chronicling the adventures of Frankie Marion, Jeff Rybak, and flats guide Solomon Murphy as they embark on their first expedition to the Andros Island backcountry. In this second installment, tents are staked, tarpon are jumped, and it’s snapper for supper. Read more about the crew and…

Veins of America Map

Saying, “Hey, Siri…” will get you from point A to the local tavern and back. But if you’re searching for every stream spanning the 48 states of the contiguous U.S., look no further. The new river basins of America map, created by Imgur user Fejetlenfej—a geographer, GIS analyst, and the world’s most prolific hotspotter—shows the…

Video Daze: Xplor Andros, Ch. 1

Xplor Andros is a multipart series from C1 Films, chronicling the adventures of Frankie Marion, Jeff Rybak, and flats guide Solomon Murphy as they embark on their first expedition to the Andros Island backcountry. The rules are simple, and the supplies are scant: limited fuel, water and power, and all their protein must come from the…

#FreeTheSnake

Feds ask for public input on breaching Snake River dams Back in May, a U.S. District Court judge in Portland sided with anglers, conservationists, the State of Oregon and the Nez Perce Tribe, ruling that the latest in a series of impotent federal plans for protecting endangered Northwest salmon was just as dubious as the…

Oh Canada, Let’s Not Kill the Skeena

Trudeau to make final decision on dangerous Skeena River development British Columbia’s Skeena River is a globally important wild fish stronghold home to some of the largest chinook and steelhead ever recorded. A liquefied natural gas cooling and export facility at the river’s mouth is currently awaiting approval. And by early October, Canadian Prime Minister Justin…

Video Daze: Providence

Filming for Confluence Film’s new Providence project took place in the fall of 2015 with the FlyCastaway crew on Providence Atoll in the Seychelles. The soon-to-be released full-length movie chronicles FlyCastaway’s first trip back to Providence Atoll since the waters were closed to anglers and boats more than six years ago—due to the threat of pirates…

Wenatchee Watershed Cold Water Campaign

Summer 2015 was record-setting across the Pacific Northwest. Low snowpack, soaring air temperatures, and low flows combined to create one of the most stressful summers for cold-water fish species ever. While some salmon and trout populations were able to find critical lifesaving stopping points in cold-water refuges along their upstream migration, others were exposed to…

Video Daze: Steelhead Country

The Wild Steelhead Coalition, Patagonia, and award-winning filmmaker Shane Anderson have teamed up to produce Steelhead Country. The six-episode series explores the rise and fall of angling for wild steelhead in Washington State—from the heydey on the Puyallup River to other legendary rivers that are now closed throughout Puget Sound, including the mighty Skagit. Follow along…