There are a few ways to see and swing northern British Columbia’s legendary Babine River this fall. And while most of them involve a mortgage-size down payment followed by a heli ride to your majestic riverside digs, there’s now a glimmer of hope for the budget-oriented dirtbags in the crowd—assuming we can scrounge up a hundred bucks for a raffle ticket and a good cause.

Epic Waters and Babine Steelhead Lodge recently donated a week of Babine River fishing to the Native Fish Society, which is selling 150 tickets at $100 each from now through June 14. Whoever holds the winning ticket after the drawing on June 15 will spend a week on a river that kicks out more 20+ pound wild steelhead than most. Even if you don’t win, every penny raised during the campaign supports NFS work protecting and recovering wild, native fish and their Northwest homewaters.

“So, no matter what, you’re giving a boost to wild salmon and steelhead, not to mention your wild fish mojo.”

Signing up is easy.

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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.

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