Spring 2016 Contents

Drake 2016 spring Issue


  • Flowing Ambition
    Jason Atkinson has always had a special connection to the Klamath River. But in the fight to restore it, will his connection be enough to bring down the dams?
    By Steven Hawley
  • BayWatch II
    Magdalena (Baja), Jamaica (NYC), Biscayne (Florida), Grand Traverse (Michigan), Thorne (Alaska).
    By Scott Sadil, Monte Burke, Pete McDonald, Matt Dunn, and E. Donnell Thomas
  • Dog Days of Spring
    There's no flyfishing face like a dog's flyfishing face.
    By Tosh Brown, Camrin Dengel, Russ Schnitzer, Lee Church, Jess McGlothin, Tim romano, Jim Klug, Austin Trayser, and Earl Harper
  • Return to Providence
    Six years after a horrendous piracy epidemic closed the Outer Islands of the Seychelles, liveaboard boats bring flyfishing back to Providence Atoll.
    By Tom Bie Photos by Jim Klug


  • Page Six Chix
    If you can't make it to California or Idaho, just swing by the Seychelles.
  • Put-in
    On managing expectations—at both ends of the boat.
  • Rises
    Bumper stickers, hospital visits, and promotional ideas.
  • Scuddlebutt
    Steelheading loses an icon, whiskey in Wyoming, ultra-realistic flies, guide-school dropouts, salmon super-highway, Malheur's other tragedy, Orvis schools at 50, MT stoneflies, Clyde's carping, Trask gets political
  • Tailwater Weekend
    Big browns in the Oregon desert.
    By Sam Lungren
  • Tippets
    Steelhead movies, quiet tarpon, Big Trev, the scent of a good bag, urban carping, we like 'em laid-up, New York road trip, largemouth love
  • Redspread
    Fishing with Capt. Ben Paschal on Texas' lower Laguna Madre.
    By Alex Landeen
  • Passport
    Backcountry huts and brown trout in Tasmania.
    By Mark Cloutier
  • Bugs
    The heavyweight status of a light cahill.
    By Jason Skruck
  • City Limits
    Spring training and urban fishing in the Arizona sunshine.
    By KC Badger and Ben Smith
  • Rodholders
    Yousuf Shaikh—Best dang Bangledeshi guide you'll ever meet.
    By Tosh Brown
  • Backcountry
    Cutties on Colorado's Hermosa Creek.
    By Ben Haguewood
  • Permit Page
    Leonardo DiCaprio's misplaced plan for Belize's Blackadore Caye.
    By Omar Arceo

The lesser-known tragedy of Malheur

When Malheur Wildlife Refuge militants in January made the decidedly un-Boy Scout move of announcing their lack of long-range plans by calling for snacks, perhaps they didn’t recognize the plethora of protein swimming just out their adopted back door: a millions-strong armada of carp, so many that their protruding backs can give off the illusion of wind-driven ripples on the refuge’s namesake lake. If the adage “you are what you eat,” has a ring of truth to it, the gun-toting patriots might have done better had they plugged their noses and choked down a carp filet. Unlike the militants, the invasive fish successfully took over the refuge.

No buff?  This guy'll never make it.

Veterans at guide-training school can totally tell who ain't gonna make it.

After just two days of Western Montana's “Get Your Guide On" Flyfishing Guide School, seasoned two-year vets Maddox and Karter say they can totally separate the future guides from the wannabees. Here's a partial list of giveaway blunders they have witnessed:

Return to Providence

Six years after piracy cripples the Seychelles, flyfishing helps it recover

Just before midnight on March 27, 2009, South African flyfishing outfitter Gerhard Laubscher and his FlyCastaway guide crew were several hours deep into an end-of-the-season bender on the island of Mahe, the principal destination for tourists in the Seychelles.