More than four years in the making, Our Two Hands combines striking cinematography and enlightening interviews with leading fish conservationists to chronicle society’s tangled relationship with salmon and steelhead in the Pacific Northwest. It also asks the tough questions that we as an angling community can’t ignore: “How have our communities differing ethics and values surrounding these fish threatened their well being? What can be done to solve these complex issues of economics, management, conservation, recreation and politics? And as wild populations dwindle, and the angling community grows by the day, how do we balance our fishing ethics in regards to policy and management with the ever-changing status of wild steelhead and salmon?” By understanding the root causes of the decline, those seeking to prolong the future of wild fish may have a fighting chance. The clock is ticking.
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.