Ah, yes, the coveted fishing hall pass. Score one and enjoy temporary freedom from fulfilling girlfriend/wife or boyfriend/husband duties. Once expired—after a day or two… 10 days, max.—return home, mow the lawn, engage in date nights with your intolerable neighbors Steve and Barbara, and rebuild the points needed for the next exit. Here, Dustin Miller uses his allowances judiciously and explores the virtues of balancing family life with some “me time” in the flats skiff.


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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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