The Drake's 12th Annual Flyfishing Video Awards, presented by Simms, begins at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11 at Orlando's Rosen Plaza Hotel (Ballroom C). Please join us for the pre-party with special musical guests (plus poolside cocktails) at 6 p.m.

The DrakeCast Fly Fishing Podcast 40 Wild Brook Trout Georgia Zach Matthews

In this episode of The DrakeCast we traverse the mountains of North Georgia in search of the southern-most population of wild, native brook trout in the world. But while we’re at it, we’ll also take a trip to another fishery just down the road that claims a host world class trout. However, there is a big difference between these two places and the fish they hold. By the end of this episode, you’ll have to decide what you consider to be a trophy fish. 

Kaieteur Falls is a superlative 800-foot single-drop waterfall located in the heart of Guyana's Kaieteur National Park. And although the falls are heavily photographed by gapers from around the globe, the area is also home to another famous inhabitant that is equally quirky, cool. The non-poisonous Golden Frog (Anomaloglossus beebei) is endemic to a 600-hectare microregion that encircles all that crashing water. But they're more difficult to eyeball, for one, because they're about the size of a Peanut M&M, and for two, because their population is tanking due to habitat threats.

When First Quantum Minerals took its $150 million and bolted earlier this spring, it became the fourth financial backer to leave the warty, unloved Pebble Mine project at the altar. If dug, Pebble would become the largest open-pit copper and gold mine in North America. Worse, it would sit at the headwaters of Bristol Bay, Alaska. The same area that every year since the beginning of time, more or less, has welcomed the world's largest sockeye salmon runs into the rivers that form its outstretched arms. This is why most Americans support protecting Bristol Bay from foreign development. It's also why most Americans can't comprehend EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's actions to reopen the mine permit process, well after the door had already been slammed. But here we are—coming in hot. 


Cruising the Keys

In late October of 2013, Tom Bie, editor of The Drake, sent me an email:

"CLYDE IS PARKED on 2nd floor, row E, space 14, in the garage for American Airlines, right next to an emergency phone. He is gassed and ready to go, but keep in mind he is 40 years old, with almost 100k miles, and a lot of quirks. You need to take it easy at first. For example, a LOT of play in the steering."