2014 Fall Contents

Drake 2014 Fall Issue


  • Hating the Thompson
    British Columbia's famed Thompson River will be open to steelheaders this October, for the first time in a decade. But what will the fishermen find when they get there?
    By Dana Sturn | Photos by Adam Tavender
  • A Fisherman's Monument
    Idaho's Boulder and White Clouds Mountains make up the largest unprotected roadless area in the Lower 48. It's time to preserve it.
    By Mark Menlove | Photos by Ed Cannady
  • Black Tar Permit
    They say you always remember your first time. But is that a really a good thing?
    By Zach Mathews
  • Insert Trout, Here
    Meet John Goodall, the godfather of Tierra del Fuego's sea-run brown trout.
    By Geoff Mueller
  • Departments

  • Page Six Chix
    Two freshies, two salties
  • Put-in
    The value of Wilderness (with a capital “W”)
  • Rises
    On hatcheries, access, Yellowstone, and smallmouth
  • Scuddlebutt
    A glossary for striper fishermen, Clyde meets a cop, an Olympic Peninsula fly shack, paddle-makers in Minnesota, more golf-course bass, a collaborative fish-art project, and if tarpon could text each other
  • Tippets
    Ode to the Elwha, Gierach's coffee, a lost strain of striper fishermen, fake fly anglers, resilient brim in Texas, gangster carp in Jersey, nights in northern Michigan, and death of a dog (spoiler alert: it's sad.)
  • Tailwater Weekend
    Colorado's other Gunnison River
    By Tom Bie
  • Redspread
    Alabama's year-round redfishing
    By Wally Kirkland
  • Passport
    Pike of the River Test
    By John Hall
  • Bugs
    Want East Coast fish? Find Monarch butterflies.
    By Jason Skruck
  • City Limits
    The smallmouth of Traverse City, Michigan
    By Alex Cerveniak
  • Rod Holders
    Lee Spencer, guardian of North Umpqua steelhead
    By Tom Bie
  • Backcountry
    Montana's South Fork of the Flathead
    By Christopher Solomon
  • Permit Page
    Some considerations when tying permit flies.
    By Drew Chicone
The Holdout by dave hayward

Chasing one elusive sunfish

I passed the Rock Bottom Brewery on the final mile of my evening bike loop, where more than once I’d stopped for a thick porter to celebrate not being killed riding the second busiest road in Houston. Restaurants come and go quickly around here, but this place had a twist: A lily pad-filled concrete moat stocked with ravenous rent-a-bass. Even late into a summer pub crawl, I could see hotwater gamefish finning below the front deck, making predatory lunges at dip spit, lime rinds, and roaches.

The consequence of Gierach

The consequence of Gierach

“It took A.K. to teach me how to make real camp coffee.”
—John Gierach, “Camp Coffee,” Trout Bum, 1986
“U.S. military satellite captures footage of A.K. Best and Ed Engle slyly and simultaneously dumping out their cups of John Gierach’s famous camp coffee when John’s not looking. " —The Drake, Scuddlebutt, Fall 2011

“What are you up to?” Ed asked wryly, watching A.K. pour his coffee beneath a bush near the edge of the stream.

“He’s gone to take a crap,” A.K. nodded toward the trail leading downstream. “The only reason I ever drank this stuff is cause he’s so damned earnest about the ritual. But today’s is just too putrid to stomach.”

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Central Florida largemouth on the links

You go to florida to fish the salt. But if you also happen to love largemouth, as I do, and you live in a place that’s a mile high, with a nine-week window to fish for them, then you take advantage of every opportunity to chase them elsewhere. Attending this summer’s annual flyfishing trade show in Orlando provided just such an opportunity.