Winter 2014-2015 Contents

Drake 2014 Winter Issue


  • DIY Dialectic
    The decision to hire a guide or fish on your own can be a difficult one to make, especially for ex-guides. Let the internal debate begin.
    By Franklin Tate
  • Meet the Metolius
    Bull trout are like Bigfoot: huge, mysterious, misunderstood, and really hard to find. But go deep enough, and they'll show up. Hungry.
    Story and Photos by Sam Lungren
  • Pyramid Scheme
    Hatcheries are the worst thing to ever happen to trout. Until one saved a species. Our man in Nevada climbs his corporate ladder.
    By Steven Hawley
  • Postcards from Playa Blanca
    Whatever happened to postcards? We bring them back, with notes to mom. From Mexico.
    Photos by Corey Kruitbosch
  • Departments

  • Page Six Chix
    From desert to mountains to flats.
  • Put-in
    Broaden your horizons.
  • Rises
    Dogs, gators, and imperial presidents.
  • Scuddlebutt
    Pesca Maya's alternative energy, Clyde turns three, striper art, NorCal's Putah Creek, huge peacock bass, Land and Water Conservation Fund, Virginia billfish, mayfly storms, and lodge-owner legal troubles
  • Tippets
    Steelheading at first light, jig intervention, Exuma bonefishing, ice-out pike, false false-casting, Alaskan delivery service, and the joys of fishing alone
  • Tailwater Weekend
    Smallies, pike, and lake trout on Fort Peck Rez.
    By Geoff Mueller
  • Redspread
    A number-crunching approach to Texas redfishing.
    By Tosh Brown
  • Passport
    Good golly, Miss Molly
    By Preston Marson
  • Bugs
    Death by Dobsonfly
    By Zach Matthews
  • City Limits
    Who's up for a little carp tourney?
    By Dan Frasier
  • Backcountry
    A bloody day of brookie fishing.
    By Warren Winders
  • Permit Page
    He swam from a land Down Under.
    By Brett Seng
DIY Dialectic

Guided: to be or not to be

Standing in the Wally Dog parking lot in Greenville, South Carolina, I swear I can hear the ocean. The coast is at least three hours away, yet the sound of surf fills my ears. I glance over my shoulder: nothing but cars and trucks along Poinsett Highway.

First Bone

Appreciating the introduction

The act of walking across a white-sand flat, knee-deep in endless shades of blue, is made much more interesting by bonefish. Especially if you’ve never caught one. After a few days spent searching empty water on the Bahamian island of Exuma, we drove down a twisted dirt road, past rotting cars and abandoned dishwashers, and finally found a promising flat. We were DIYers, looking to catch them on our own, but only if Ray didn’t kill us first.

The Blue Duffel

Special delivery in The Last Frontier

The Alaska Railroad winter train runs 360 miles between Anchorage and Fairbanks on the weekends, and it will drop you off anywhere along the track, much of it otherwise inaccessible wilderness. My fishing partner, Dan, and I used to work for the railroad in Anchorage, me as a PR flack and he as the chief railroad cop.

Pesca Maya’s energy revolution

Pesca Maya’s energy revolution

Rogelio Velasco has owned Yucatan-based Pesca Maya fishing resort for 19 years, so he knows the challenge of producing off-the-grid electricity, especially for power-hungry air conditioners. Pesca Maya, like all Ascension Bay resorts, sits inside the Sian Ka’an biosphere reserve, where power lines don’t exist and aren’t forthcoming. So instead, most lodges rely on diesel generators and “battery banks”—essentially, collections of car batteries stacked side-by-side.