Fall 2017 Contents

Drake 2017 Fall Issue


  • Page Six Chix
    From Baja to Iceland, these ladies have it covered.
  • Put-in
    The economic power of America's “outdoor recreation industry” is finally being recognized. But is it enough?
  • Rises
    Why do National Monuments get people so fired up?
  • Scuddlebutt
    A primer on the Waters of the U.S. rule; views from Hurricane Harvey; two artists' pheasant-tail finery; Florida largemouth-makers; the disgrace of Atlantic salmon farms; albies of New England; understanding “spill” for salmon; Clyde does Dallas; Big Year winners; and new owners carry on the legacy of Bud Lilly's
  • Tailwater Weekend
    Minnesota bassonomics.
    By Elliott Adler
  • Tippets
    Junior's water on the Delaware; steelheading Lake Erie; ode to the single-handed steelhead rod; life lessons on the Bonaventure; photo workshop on the Salmon; an angler's life, taken too soon; and fall is a bad time to break your foot
  • Redspread
    When autumn comes to the marsh.
    By Cole Harper
  • Passport
    Picking Guatemala's Pocket—for sailfish.
    By Brian Irwin
  • Bugs
    Micro-caddis to the rescue.
    By Miles Nolte
  • City Limits
    Redbands can be an under-appreciated rainbow.
    But not in Spokane, Washington.
    By Josh Mills
  • Rodholders
    Scrap-metal dumpster-diving with Ryan Sharpe.
    By Larry Littrell
  • Backcountry
    Hunting sheepshead in the Biloxi Marsh.
    By John Agricola
  • Permit Page
    A case for crevalle.
    By Tom Bie
Junior's Water

Another day on the Delaware

This was once one of my favorite spots in the Catskills. Paul and I used to fish it a lot before he moved to Montana. It's a good place for Isonychias in the fall, and fishing a big dry in October in the East is something to be relished. I was last here more than a decade ago, just before the nearly 60 undeveloped acres on the river's eastern bank were sold.

Jim Dietz (poling) and Josh gallivan, headhunting in the sheepy. Photo: Hollis Bennett

Competition runs deep in the Biloxi Marsh

Booze consumed me as I sat listless in the upper bar of the Dogwood; a restored Mississippi riverboat docked a few hundred yards east of the Hopedale, Louisiana, boat launch. For the next two days and nights, the Dogwood would serve as home and headquarters to anglers competing in the 2017 Sheepy tournament—a tongue-in-cheek backcountry contest for New Orleans-area flyfishing guides.

Uncertain Waters

The dubious promise of an aging pipeline

I've made a lot of trips between northern Minnesota and northern Michigan. Usually I'm fishing my way across, hunting hex-eating browns and flats-cruising smallies in July, and backwoods muskies in November. By far the fishiest route is U.S. 2 through the Upper Peninsula and across the Mackinac Bridge down into the top of the mitten; it features three Great Lakes, four national forests, a handful of state forests, and so many lakes and streams that your neck gets sore from craning.

Understanding the Waters of the United States rule

The first places I explored as a kid, outside of my backyard, were the small creeks and wetlands near my home. They were full of tadpoles, salamanders, and, if we were lucky, turtles. I spent countless hours trying to fit various animals into Mason jars, but mostly I just covered myself in mud.

Clyde Does Dallas

60 hours in the Lone Star State

Like Dirk Nowitzki, Clyde was stuck in Dallas. But what I thought might be little more than a quick rescue mission turned into two of the more interesting fishing days of my summer.

The case against salmon farming

When a net-pen enclosure holding more than 300,000 farmed Atlantic salmon, owned by Canadian company Cooke Aquaculture, broke open in August, approximately 160,000 fish escaped into Washington's Puget Sound. Atlantics are classified by the state as an aquatic invasive species and a "pollutant."