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Fly Fishing Stories

Joshua Hutchins
Why You Need a Fish Dog
Why You Need a Fish Dog
Why You Need a Fish Dog

Talk all you want about so-called “advancements in fly fishing” — ozone hole-depleting fluorocarbon leaders, boron rods with price tags equivalent to your monthly mortgage, and now waders with front zippers so you can relieve yourself while never having to vacate your coveted spot on the river… Forget the fancy gear! What you really need…

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Lending Out a Beloved Fly
Lending Out a Beloved Fly
Lending Out a Beloved Fly

The elusive Corbina are running close to shore this time of the year near Ventura and a few of us are surfcasting countless times trying, hoping, and wishing to land this ghost of the ocean. Yesterday, Mark, one of our buyers at Patagonia and good friend, was on a mission to catch a Bean near…

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Good Times at Fly Fishing Retailer
Good Times at Fly Fishing Retailer
Good Times at Fly Fishing Retailer

Trade shows are a part of life for many folks around Patagonia. They’re a great way for us to meet up with all the wonderful Patagonia Dealers who sell our gear in your hometown, and see what’s happening with the rest of the industry. Many of you probably attend a trade show or two for…

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The Escape
The Escape
The Escape

This story comes from Shawn Kelly, a friend of Patagonia who works for the California Coastal Conservancy’s Wetlands Recovery Project.  He is a husband, father of two boys and an avid fly-fisherman. The Escape The van climbs through the warm night, away from the sun-baked, Central Valley leaving behind the traffic, the strip malls, and…

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Take a Last Look
Take a Last Look
Take a Last Look

Rare to see YC holding a fish out of water for even a second but this 26 pound Zolotaya River chromer required closer inspection. This Russian beauty had been caught on the nearby Rynda two summers ago and blue-tagged to identify it as a product of Rynda waters — proof of salmo salar’s wandering capabilities,…

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Kalmiopsis – Fly Fisherman Mikey Wier Searches for Steelhead in the Oregon Wilderness
Kalmiopsis – Fly Fisherman Mikey Wier Searches for Steelhead in the Oregon Wilderness
Kalmiopsis – Fly Fisherman Mikey Wier Searches for Steelhead in the Oregon Wilderness
Mikey Wier

Even if you’re not an angler, I highly recommend taking the time to read this story. It comes from Mikey Wier, a professional snowboarder and fly fishing guide who founded Burl Productions. Mikey’s words are thick with the aura of appreciation that comes from having just returned from a Wilderness area. As you read this…

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A Different Fish Story
A Different Fish Story
A Different Fish Story
localcrew

Regular readers of The Cleanest Line have learned to rely on regular product posts from our committed Customer Service representatives. They’re “Field Reports” of a sort . . . notes from the field about their adventures in our back-yard and beyond. This story’s a little different. It comes to us from Michelle L., one of…

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Core Angling: Science and Fly Fishing Combined
Core Angling: Science and Fly Fishing Combined
Core Angling: Science and Fly Fishing Combined

[Update: Added a bunch of photos after the jump.] Patagonia Fly Fishing Marketer, Bill Klyn, shares his experience with a new kind of fly fishing trip. Core Angling offers world-class bonefishing in the Bahamas combined with the opportunity to help scientists study the fish and hopefully preserve their numbers for good. If you’re an angler,…

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Man Plans, Mother Nature Laughs – Fly Fishing B.C.’s North Coast
Man Plans, Mother Nature Laughs – Fly Fishing B.C.’s North Coast
Man Plans, Mother Nature Laughs – Fly Fishing B.C.’s North Coast

Patagonia fly fishing ambassador Dylan Tomine recently returned from a trip to British Columbia. The conditions weren't ideal for fishing but they were ideal for some cold-weather gear testing. Dylan shares his thoughts here along with some great shots from photographer Tim Pask. Just back from our North Coast, British Columbia spring steelhead expedition and…

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Backyard Adventures: Fishing Eastern Virginia
Backyard Adventures: Fishing Eastern Virginia
Backyard Adventures: Fishing Eastern Virginia

Another installment of the Backyard Adventures for TCL readers today. This time, we're heading back East a bit, and a little back in time, to eastern Virginia in early January. Folks who live along the mid-Atlantic seaboard know this is one of the few places on earth that didn't get the memo – the one…

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Viva La Vegetal – Fly Fishing through Mexico under Power of Vegetable Oil
Viva La Vegetal – Fly Fishing through Mexico under Power of Vegetable Oil
Viva La Vegetal – Fly Fishing through Mexico under Power of Vegetable Oil

It started out as an idea and later became a vision while on a trip across Argentina seven years ago. Former members of AEG Media, creators of The Trout Bum Diaries and Fish Bum Diaries DVDs, have collaborated once again to document a new expedition throughout Mexico. The crew is operating under MOTIV Fishing these…

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Traveling the Baja Peninsula in a Truck That Runs on Vegetable Oil
Traveling the Baja Peninsula in a Truck That Runs on Vegetable Oil
Traveling the Baja Peninsula in a Truck That Runs on Vegetable Oil
MOTIV Fishing

When last we left the fly-fishing filmmakers of MOTIV Fishing, they had converted a mid-'90s F250 to run on used vegetable oil and successfully crossed the Mexican border. Today, we pick up their scent in Baja as they continue traveling south in their pursuit of tight lines. Over 2500 miles behind us and we were…

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May 1 and 9 – Two Important Dates for Salmon and Free Flowing Rivers
May 1 and 9 – Two Important Dates for Salmon and Free Flowing Rivers
May 1 and 9 – Two Important Dates for Salmon and Free Flowing Rivers
Emily Nuchols

Salmon are anadromous. They live mostly in the ocean, but return to distant, fresh mountain headwaters to spawn. This term that describes their biological ties to seemingly disparate environments (ocean and mountain) might just as easily describe the ways in which salmon bring together competing cultures and histories. Their power, their story, have earned salmon…

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Tenkara USA Joins in Sharing Time-Honored Fishing Techniques with Patagonia Japan Employees
Tenkara USA Joins in Sharing Time-Honored Fishing Techniques with Patagonia Japan Employees
Tenkara USA Joins in Sharing Time-Honored Fishing Techniques with Patagonia Japan Employees
Daniel W. Galhardo

Fishing has always been about being simple, but 15 minutes of trout talk with a czech-nyphing double dropper can sometimes be enough to have you thinking precisely the opposite. A masterful style of fishing recently brought to Western rivers from the mountain waters of Japan presents a welcome antidote to the elaborate (and oftentimes extravagant)…

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Just Released: SoulFish 2 – Fish Mode
Just Released: SoulFish 2 – Fish Mode
Just Released: SoulFish 2 – Fish Mode
Mikey Weir

Good news to all you trout-chasers sidelined by swollen creeks this season: SoulFish2, Fish Mode from the Burl Productions is now available on DVD. Fire up the video while you're waiting for the waters to mellow out and enjoy footage from choice locations around the world. Here's a note from Burl Productions' founder and Patagonia…

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Family Fishing Operation Live Release on the Miramichi River: Photos
Family Fishing Operation Live Release on the Miramichi River: Photos
Family Fishing Operation Live Release on the Miramichi River: Photos
Keith Wilson

Most of our photo-centric "Picture Story" posts have been about climbing. Today, the fishing guys get in on the action with an encouraging report from one of eastern Canada's iconic salmon streams, and a family fishing operation that depends on the health of the river's fish populations: – Ed Live Release of Atlantic salmon is…

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One in Winter – Fly Fishing for Winter-Run Steelhead
One in Winter – Fly Fishing for Winter-Run Steelhead
One in Winter – Fly Fishing for Winter-Run Steelhead
Ryan Peterson

We understand mere fragments – of most things really, but especially of a fish called steelhead. Its nominal definition goes that it’s a rainbow trout that migrates from river to ocean and back again to spawn, like a salmon. But like most living things, after you dedicate time to deep observation, their essential superpowers transcend…

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Excerpt from “Crossings” by Michael Kew
Excerpt from “Crossings” by Michael Kew
Excerpt from “Crossings” by Michael Kew

by From “Coral Refuge, Ocean Deep,” Chapter 8 This atoll is on the way to nowhere except the crossroads of romance and adventure. Après-surf and brunch, Yvon and I board the skiff and buzz into close range; Francois kills the motor. Adrift within the lagoon’s turquoise comfort, far from the roily pass and its fish…

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Veteran Anglers of New York Fly Fishing Adventure in the Abacos, Bahamas
Veteran Anglers of New York Fly Fishing Adventure in the Abacos, Bahamas
Veteran Anglers of New York Fly Fishing Adventure in the Abacos, Bahamas
Richard Franklin

On the final evening of our trip, we enjoyed a feast prepared by expert saltwater fly fisher, FFF-certified casting instructor and Veteran Anglers of New York (VANY) volunteer, David Blinken. We called it “Bahamian Thanksgiving” with native conch salad, sautéed grouper, brown rice with chicken from the Abaco Big Bird poultry farm and spiny lobster or “crawfish” tails. We…

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Excerpt from “Closer to the Ground” by Dylan Tomine
Excerpt from “Closer to the Ground” by Dylan Tomine
Excerpt from “Closer to the Ground” by Dylan Tomine
Dylan Tomine

Before reading the excerpt, see what Patagonia’s founder, Yvon Chouinard, has to say about Closer to the Ground. A note from the publisher: Why I love this book Dylan Tomine’s Closer to the Ground is a lot more than your usual tribute to local food or to a local sense of place, or how to…

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Tributaries – An International Fly Fishing Film of Contrast and Commonality
Tributaries – An International Fly Fishing Film of Contrast and Commonality
Tributaries – An International Fly Fishing Film of Contrast and Commonality

By Here I am in the middle of the hair-pulling, eye-bulging screen time that is post production. Another 14-hour day and I need fresh air. I go for long walks under the stars and think about the night skies of the Bahamas, Iceland and Patagonia. After my last film, Breathe, I really wanted to explore…

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Tenkara with Yvon Chouinard and Patagonia [Updated with Video]
Tenkara with Yvon Chouinard and Patagonia [Updated with Video]
Tenkara with Yvon Chouinard and Patagonia [Updated with Video]
Jessica McGlothlin

My watch battery died within ten minutes of setting foot on the plane about to whisk me out of Great Falls, Montana. I should have realized it for what it was: a sign things were about to change. I had left behind an increasingly weird existence on the Missouri River front and hopped a plane…

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Fear and Self-Loathing in Punta Allen
Fear and Self-Loathing in Punta Allen
Fear and Self-Loathing in Punta Allen
Mike Thompson

“Push the button.” “No, you push the button.” “What the hell, push it Ellen!” She did. I knew I was going to be profiled as a narcotraficante even though the contraband I was trying to sneak past the customs officer was anything but drugs. In fact, it was several thousand dollars worth of fishing goodies…

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Elwha River Uplift
Elwha River Uplift
Elwha River Uplift
Dylan Tomine

The kids and I decided to squeeze in one last, close-to-home, weekday excursion before school started, so we headed over to the newly dam-free Elwha River for a little float. The last piece of the upper dam was removed last week, so it seemed like a good time to go see what had changed since…

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Protecting Bristol Bay: Smart Money
Protecting Bristol Bay: Smart Money
Protecting Bristol Bay: Smart Money
Dylan Tomine

President Obama’s recent protection of Bristol Bay from oil and gas exploration may feel like a victory for fish and the environment, but I think it’s really about time and money. Which in this case, is just as good. Here’s why: Oil and gas reserves, as we know, are limited by however much is already…

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Xboundary – Defending Alaska & British Columbia salmon rivers from open-pit mining
Xboundary – Defending Alaska & British Columbia salmon rivers from open-pit mining
Xboundary – Defending Alaska & British Columbia salmon rivers from open-pit mining

An open-pit mining boom is underway in northern British Columbia, Canada. The massive size and location of the mines—at the headwaters of major salmon rivers that flow across the border into Alaska—has Alaskans concerned over pollution risks posed to their multi-billion dollar fishing and tourism industries. These concerns were heightened with the August 4, 2014…

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The Release
The Release
The Release
Andy J. Danylchuk, PhD

Fundamentals of releasing a fish and the path to responsible angling. Recreational angling is an incredibly popular leisure activity in North America, spanning a wide demographic of our society and occurring almost every place fish can be found. Tools and techniques for recreational angling are also vast and selecting the right gear often consumes a…

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Wild Fish Don’t Ride in Trucks: Op-Ed Opposing a Dam
Wild Fish Don’t Ride in Trucks: Op-Ed Opposing a Dam
Wild Fish Don’t Ride in Trucks: Op-Ed Opposing a Dam
Yvon Chouinard

This op-ed was originally published in the Sacramento Bee on July 23, 2015. On May 7, the Yuba Salmon Partnership Initiative (YSPI) shared a plan that would create the first “trap and haul” program of its kind in California. Trap and haul involves capturing fish, putting them in trucks, and moving them up or down…

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How Puget Sound Wild Steelhead Gene Banks Give Salmon a Fighting Chance
How Puget Sound Wild Steelhead Gene Banks Give Salmon a Fighting Chance
How Puget Sound Wild Steelhead Gene Banks Give Salmon a Fighting Chance
Dave McCoy

The cacophonous boom of that explosion will forever resonate within me. With the flip of a switch, one hundred years of destructive history began to wash away. It was a new day—a day in which the Elwha was finally free. At long last, its waters could once again run unabated to the sea and its…

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Free the Snake Flotilla Action!
Photo: Ben Moon
Free the Snake Flotilla Action!
Patagonia

On Saturday October 3, 2015, over 300 people—fishermen, Native Americans, farmers, orca lovers, business owners, students, salmon advocates, kayakers, and conservationists—took to the lower Snake River in southeastern Washington, a short distance from the Lower Granite Dam. Together, this diverse group formed the “Free the Snake Flotilla.” They were a representative slice of the movement…

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“Real Life” Science with the Wild Fish Conservancy
Photo: Dylan Tomine
“Real Life” Science with the Wild Fish Conservancy
Dylan Tomine

Both of my kids love their science classes in school, and Skyla often mentions wanting to be a marine biologist when she grows up. So when the field biologists from the Wild Fish Conservancy invited us to participate in some beach-seine sampling, as part of their project to assess juvenile salmon habitat around Puget Sound, we jumped…

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Curacao’s Big Oil and Big Tarpon
Photo: Brian Irwin
Curacao’s Big Oil and Big Tarpon
Brian Irwin

“Fish, two o’clock,” shouted Norman Chumaceiro, my guide to tarpon on the idyllic island of Curacao, 40 miles off the coast of Venezuela. “Now they’re at nine! And six. They’re everywhere!” he exclaimed. If anyone could help me come tight on a tarpon it’s Chumaceiro, who, along with his friend Albert Macares, are the only…

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Finding Excuses to Extend a Fly-Fishing Trip in Argentina
Photo: Håkan Stenlund
Finding Excuses to Extend a Fly-Fishing Trip in Argentina
Håkan Stenlund

At first light, a toucan comes flying over the patio and sits in an old tree in front of the house. The bird stares at me as I have my first sip of coffee. Then another toucan lands in the tree, followed by a whole flock. I get up and snap a picture of the…

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One Fly, Many Lessons
Photo: Chris Gaggia
One Fly, Many Lessons
Yvon Chouinard

Why Fish A Single Pattern All Year? Insight (And a Lot of Fish)

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Notes (and Photos) From a Non-Angler on a Fishing Trip
Photo: Andrew Burr
Notes (and Photos) From a Non-Angler on a Fishing Trip
Andrew Burr

Professional photographer Andrew Burr reaffirms his skill set in Mongolia.

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The Salmon Foxtrot: The Wisdom of Fishermen
Photo: Håkan Stenlund
The Salmon Foxtrot: The Wisdom of Fishermen
Håkan Stenlund

Back in Tokyo, for a break. Just in need of a change, you know, “to get away from things.” Having worked hard all summer long, there couldn’t be more of a contrast between reeling in salmon on a river in Swedish Lapland and heading to Tokyo. For me, working hard means fishing hard and playing…

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