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Fly Fishing Stories

Joshua Hutchins
Everything Old Is New Again: Bristol Bay and the Pebble Mine
Photo: Ben Knight
Everything Old Is New Again: Bristol Bay and the Pebble Mine
Scott Hed

Back in 2006, Patagonia hosted a social event in its downtown Denver retail store in conjunction with the Fly Fishing Retailer trade show. At the event, a colleague and I addressed the attendees about an emerging threat to the world’s most productive wild salmon fishery in Bristol Bay. Later that evening, I met a young…

7 min Read
A Fisherman Reflects on Global Warming
Photo: Bruce Kirkby
A Fisherman Reflects on Global Warming
Yvon Chouinard

I’m not a scientist. But I am a fisherman of more than 70 years, and I’ve seen firsthand that of the myriad threats facing cold-water fish all over the world, global warming is the most dire. Water all over the planet is heating up in response to climate change, and our cold-water fish are in…

3 min Read
“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…

3 min Read
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…

5 min Read
Almost Two Decades Watching Wild Salmon from the Same Perch
Illustration: Cathy Eliot
Almost Two Decades Watching Wild Salmon from the Same Perch
Lee Spencer

As I wake, I become aware of the shovel-scraping-asphalt croak of a blue heron, or the brilliant complex cascading song of the winter wren, or the yammering calls of the kingfisher being chased by an accipiter. In the fall a flock of kinglets, moving through the trees and shrubs surrounding our camp, deliver their pure,…

4 min Read
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.

7 min Read
When a River Burns
When a River Burns
When a River Burns
Amanda Monthei

Of forests, fire and fish.

6 min Read
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,…

1 min Read
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…

2 min Read
Share the Love. Share the Poster.
Share the Love. Share the Poster.
Share the Love. Share the Poster.
Steve Duda

Patagonia Fly Fish releases “We Stand for the Water We Stand In” poster.

2 min Read
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,…

5 min Read
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…

17 min Read
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…

3 min Read
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…

4 min Read
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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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…

9 min Read
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…

4 min Read
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…

3 min Read
Lessons from the River
Lessons from the River
Lessons from the River

50th Anniversary Wild And Scenic Rivers Act

8 min Read
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…

6 min Read
When Mountains Become Islands
When Mountains Become Islands
When Mountains Become Islands
John Larison

Are public lands still “public” when you can’t access them?

8 min Read
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…

5 min Read
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…

6 min Read
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…

3 min Read
Feeling the River All Around
Feeling the River All Around
Feeling the River All Around
Brett Tallman

River snorkeling’s miserable beauty.

4 min Read
Ghosts
Ghosts
Ghosts
Steve Duda

What We Fish for When We Fish for Carp

7 min Read
It’s All Home Water: The People’s River
It’s All Home Water: The People’s River
It’s All Home Water: The People’s River
Dave Zoby

How Casper reimagined the North Platte.

12 min Read
It’s All Home Water: Oregon Steelhead
It’s All Home Water: Oregon Steelhead
It’s All Home Water: Oregon Steelhead
Steve Duda

Feature: Squeaky Wheels, Wild Fish and Carrot Sticks

10 min Read
Power Shift on the Columbia
Power Shift on the Columbia
Power Shift on the Columbia
Jim Norton

After a century of conflict on the Columbia between salmon and dams, the fates of these two iconic energy systems are now intertwined.

7 min Read
How Yvon Chouinard Taught My Kids About Trout Fishing
Photo: Dylan Tomine
How Yvon Chouinard Taught My Kids About Trout Fishing
Dylan Tomine

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

4 min Read
Shifting Currents
Shifting Currents
Shifting Currents
Emerald LaFortune

Guiding queer identities in rural Idaho.

11 min Read
It’s All Home Water: Mississippi Clean
It’s All Home Water: Mississippi Clean
It’s All Home Water: Mississippi Clean
Tom Hazelton

The Big Muddy is polluted. Securing the Driftless Area can help clean it.

10 min Read
It’s All Home Water: Steelhead Green
It’s All Home Water: Steelhead Green
It’s All Home Water: Steelhead Green
Steve Duda

Photo Essay: Waiting for the Wild on Oregon’s North Coast

2 min Read
Finnish Breakthrough
Finnish Breakthrough
Finnish Breakthrough
Gregory Fitz

How actor Jasper Pääkkönen advocates for wild fish.

8 min Read
Saving One River: Hoh Steelhead in Decline
Saving One River: Hoh Steelhead in Decline
Saving One River: Hoh Steelhead in Decline
Colin Wiseman

“Nature provides a free lunch, but only if we control our appetites.” —William Ruckelshaus, first administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency A coho salmon the size of my pinky drifts quietly in the shade. It’s hardly distinguishable from the sand below. But Marie-France Roy, a professional snowboarder who does volunteer habitat- enhancement work in her hometown…

10 min Read
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…

2 min Read
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