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.

Amateur Hour, Upgraded

Whether packing an iPhone or a strapping multiple GoPros to your shins and elbows, capturing decent fishing footage these days is for everyone. Not just professionals. Recognizing that potential, the fly-line think tank at RIO products is launching its very own Amateur Fly Fishing Film Awards this month.

12-Year-Old Casting Ace Outscores Steve Rajeff in Kentucky

Junior fly-casting phenom, Maxine McCormick, 12, recently competed in the U.S. Casting Championships in Kentucky, where she became America’s No. 1 female fly caster for accuracy. Her score also bested world champion Steve Rajeff—aka the greatest caster in history. McCormick will now join three other members of the San Francisco/Oakland Casting Club to compete in the world championships…

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Eric Clapton Strokes Big Salmon

English rocker Eric Clapton, 71, is one of the most influential guitarists of all time. He’s also, evidently, an Atlantic salmon fishing boss. While on a flyfishing trip to Iceland last week, Clapton landed this 28-pound, 42-inch slab on the Vatnsdalsá River, setting the record for stroking the river’s biggest salmon of the summer. He…

Video Daze: Spring Creek Sessions

Rivers in the Rockies are heating up, which means you can either abide by hoot-owl restrictions and retire to your backyard kiddie pool, or—better yet—leave the Speedo at home and hit a cold spring creek full of hopper hammering browns. Here, filmmaker Todd Moen travels to cooler waters, capturing Montana’s annual hopper event in full…

Migrate, Spawn, Spa-Session

Introducing the Yakamas’ new steelhead rehab program Steelhead in Washington’s Yakima River are doubling down on spawning thanks to a reconditioning program run by the Yakama tribe—spelled differently than the river. A study published recently in North American Journal of Fisheries Management shows a successful pattern of repeat spawning in female steelhead during the decade-long…

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Safeguarding Montana’s Smith River

Montana’s iconic Smith River is facing two challenges to its unsullied flyfishing future: A proposed copper mine on a vital tributary that would endanger the entire river ecosystem. And mining industry blowhards who want to limit public sentiment in the decision-making process. That’s why Montana Trout Unlimited (MTU) is asking anglers to lean on the…

Video Daze: Cosmo

A coral reef 639 miles southwest of Port Victoria—the capital of the Seychelles—Cosmoledo Atoll is home to some of the headiest, healthiest giant trevally flats on the planet. Not to mention prime habitat for triggers, bones, and milkfish. That’s why we love it… and it’s why you should too. Here, follow the Alphonse Fishing Company crew…

Green River Single Fly

Dutch John, UT—One fly. One full day of flyfishing. One great cause. The 2016 Green River Single Fly tourney takes place Aug. 25-26 on Green below Flaming Gorge Dam. Now in its 8th year, the event brings teams together from across the West to face off against the river’s biggest trout, while raising funds for…

The $6 Billion Dam that Won’t be Built

South-central Alaska’s Susitna River is a 300-mile sweetheart home to all five species of pacific salmon, including the state’s fourth largest chinook run. The Susitna has also been pegged for its hydroelectric potential, contending with several dam proposals over the last 60 years. The latest threat called for erecting the country’s second tallest dam, upstream…

It’s Now or Neverglades

South Florida’s Everglades has been dammed, diked, and drained—in the name of developing America’s superswamp—for decades. Now a coalition of concerned individuals and organizations intend to fix the horrific results of mismanagement of Florida’s waters. Their “Now or Neverglades Declaration” petition targets lawmakers and enforcement agencies, urging them to restore the flow of clean, fresh…

Video Daze: Farming Fish

When filming flyfishing, a lot of things need to go right. And the only guarantee is that things will go wrong. In the latest episode of Redington’s Find Your Water series, get a look behind the scenes when fish don’t bite in dream locations, anglers can’t set the hook on camera, and Ma Nature tries…

Video Daze: Anchor Point

A poet and Texas songwriting legend, Townes Van Zandt left a powerful, if not destructive, legacy in his wake. And for his son JT, viewing Townes’ musical fervor encouraged him to find his own passion for the outdoors. “My takeaway from my dad and how he wrote songs was a particular perspective and aesthetic about…

Video Daze: The Last Best Man

Hilary Hutcheson’s father, Dave, has dedicated his life to the outdoors. After spending decades as a Park Ranger at Mount Rainier National Park, he retired to Montana’s Glacier Park and all but retreated from the wild activities that defined his career. But Hilary is changing that, by taking her father out on the water to…

A Puget Sound Salmon Season (Sort of)

Area waters expected to reopen to fishing soon OLYMPIA, WA—Following the stalemate that temporarily closed many Puget Sound fisheries, state and tribal leaders this week shook hands on a deal that should open specific summer salmon seasons for recreational fishing, “within a few weeks.” Co-managers agreed on this year’s Puget Sound salmon seasons after several…