Vail—The Salmonfly hatch is something that all anglers in the West look forward to if they’re lucky enough to have a river nearby with these hummingbird-size bugs. Each year, these bugs hatch at a time determined by water conditions and time of day. Typically, these fish will key in on the nymphs for a few weeks prior to the “hatch” before they gorge themselves on the huge adult flies. If you’re an angler, and that doesn’t sound appealing to you, take up golf.
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.