Dylan Tomine

Dylan Tomine is a Patagonia fly fishing ambassador and the author of Closer to the Ground. He lives on the coast of Washington with his wife and two kids.

Taking Back Puget Sound
Taking Back Puget Sound
Taking Back Puget Sound
Dylan Tomine

A bold plan to kick net-pen salmon farms out for good.

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The Best Hatchery Is a Healthy River
The Best Hatchery Is a Healthy River
The Best Hatchery Is a Healthy River
Dylan Tomine

We are killing what we love. The vast system of hatcheries and open-water fish farms we’ve built is an expression of our affection for cold-water fish—as food, as recreation, as commercial resource. And yet, despite our best intentions, these human-engineered attempts to make up for resource extraction, development and dam building—to somehow do better than…

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Giants Live Forever: Remembering BC Steelhead Conservationist Bruce Hill
Photo: Steve Perih
Giants Live Forever: Remembering BC Steelhead Conservationist Bruce Hill
Dylan Tomine

Through the years I’ve talked to Bruce Hill on the phone more times than I can count, often at odd hours, about subjects big and small. Recipes for teriyaki sauce and salmon caviar. Conservation campaign strategies. Guitar techniques. Family. Personal issues and challenges. For so many reasons it’s been a steady comfort in my life…

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How Yvon Taught My Kids About Fly Fishing
Photo: Dylan Tomine
How Yvon Taught My Kids About Fly Fishing
Dylan Tomine

Teaching your kids to fish is smart. Having Yvon Chouinard teach your kids to fish is genius.

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Lelu Island: We Can Win This One
Photo: Tavish Campbell
Lelu Island: We Can Win This One
Dylan Tomine

Lelu Island and the adjacent underwater region known as Flora Bank lie at the mouth of the Skeena River, one of North America’s great salmon superhighways. Flora Bank contains the highest abundances (25 times more) of juvenile salmon compared with all other sampled habitat in the Skeena River estuary. It is considered the most critical…

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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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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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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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A River Reborn: Floating the Elwha River After Dam Removal
A River Reborn: Floating the Elwha River After Dam Removal
A River Reborn: Floating the Elwha River After Dam Removal
Dylan Tomine

It’s difficult to put into words exactly how it feels to experience the newly free Elwha River. Gratitude, for sure, for all the people and organizations who put so much into bringing the dams down. And awe, as nature takes over and the river finds it’s new-old path to the sea. And fun, of course,…

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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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Dylan Tomine’s Recap of the 2011 Vancouver Seafood Summit
Dylan Tomine’s Recap of the 2011 Vancouver Seafood Summit
Dylan Tomine’s Recap of the 2011 Vancouver Seafood Summit
Dylan Tomine

Patagonia Fly Fishing Ambassador, Dylan Tomine, brings us today’s post – an update on the current state of the seafood industry as seen from a seat at the 9th Annual Seafood Summit in Vancouver. He attended this year’s Seafood Summit, along with Yvon Chouinard, who provided the gathering’s keynote address. Here are Dylan’s observations from…

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