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“I think a writer owes the readers a new way of telling a story.”
—Ken Kesey

magazinesAs the 15th Drake makes its way across the country this fall, I find myself intrigued by all the recent chatter on the downfall of magazines, most of it coming from new-media pundits shouting their favorite proclamation: “Print is dead!”

Nestled between the rolling hills of southeastern Wisconsin, you will find a unique town called Viroqua, home to eclectic artists, organic farmers, and The Driftless Angler Fly Shop. Located a short drive from just about anywhere in the Midwest, the Driftless Angler is within striking distance of hundreds of miles of classic Heartland spring creeks.

Fort Collins, CO

Located in a Victorian home from the 1800's just minutes from Drake Headquarters in downtown Fort Collins, CO, St. Pete's Fly Shop offers a pretty distinctive environment for anglers to enjoy. The staff provides excellent customer service and advice to anglers of all skill levels. Whether it's Grant or Jin helping you out, be assured that you will get the best advice for whatever angling needs you have.

Four Mile Creek heads among the uplands near the Ohio-Indiana line in hills left behind by retreating glaciers. Springs well up into tiny rivulets formed in the folds of the land, mostly cleared for corn and beans. One runnel begets two and so on, eventually forming Four Mile, which gathers more water as it glides downhill, cutting over ancient glacial till carried far from the north.

Sante Fe, New Mexico

Contrary to popular belief, northern New Mexico has more to offer than just green chili, Southwest art, and desert. In fact, Santa Fe is located smack in the middle of some of the best fly fishing the state has to offer, and with southern Colorado only a stone’s throw away, the area has more fishing opportunities than most people realize.