Last fall, the number of chinook salmon that returned to the Sacramento River was the lowest in history. Yet ocean fisherman have received the go-ahead to drop lines this spring and summer—in spite of bans the past two years and fish-tally estimates that critics say are impossible. For Mike Bogue, a river-fishing guide in Redding and former president of the NorCal Fishing Guides and Sportsmen’s Association, the decision lacks logic. He reminds that fishing is still bad and last year was the worst run ever. “I’m just not sure where those 245,000 fish they’ve predicted are going to come from,” Bogue said.
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.