Fly Fishing Stories

Joshua Hutchins
It’s All Home Water: The Medicines of Wanderlust

Photo Essay: The Medicines of Wanderlust

Nathaniel Riverhorse Nakadate
2 minutes de lecture
When Mountains Become Islands

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

John Larison
8 minutes de lecture
Taking Back Puget Sound

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

Dylan Tomine
7 minutes de lecture
Ghosts

What We Fish for When We Fish for Carp

Steve Duda
7 minutes de lecture
It’s All Home Water: The People’s River

How Casper reimagined the North Platte.

Dave Zoby
12 minutes de lecture
Feeling the River All Around

River snorkeling’s miserable beauty.

Brett Tallman
4 minutes de lecture
It’s All Home Water: Steelhead Green

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

Steve Duda
2 minutes de lecture
It’s All Home Water: Oregon Steelhead

Feature: Squeaky Wheels, Wild Fish and Carrot Sticks

Steve Duda
10 minutes de lecture
Power Shift on the Columbia

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

Jim Norton
7 minutes de lecture
It’s All Home Water: Paddling Past the Graveyard

An intimate canoe trip through The Boundary Waters with Nathaniel Riverhorse Nakadate.

Nathaniel Riverhorse Nakadate
6 minutes de lecture
Finnish Breakthrough

How actor Jasper Pääkkönen advocates for wild fish.

Gregory Fitz
8 minutes de lecture
The Best Hatchery Is a Healthy River

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…

Dylan Tomine
2 minutes de lecture
Home Pool, Sulphur Creek: Losing a Favorite Fishing Spot to Climate Change

When you lose your trout stream to climate change, where do you go to find yourself? It was late September and the creek ran clear and low out of the West Elks in southwestern Colorado. My favorite time of year: Through the V of the ravine upstream I could see the shoulders of Mount Gunnison…

Peter Heller
7 minutes de lecture
Bahamas Bonefish Conservation with Aaron Adams

I recently had the opportunity to tag along with two of the world’s leading bonefish researchers for a weekend of fishing Grand Bahama Island out of East End Lodge. Dr. Aaron Adams serves as the director of science and conservation for Bonefish & Tarpon Trust (BTT), a non-profit based in Miami whose mission is to conserve…

Nick Roberts
9 minutes de lecture
Civil Rights and Bonefishing in Bimini

Fly fishing guide Ansil Saunders recalls his time in the boat with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Brian Irwin
8 minutes de lecture
A Fisherman Reflects on Global Warming

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…

Yvon Chouinard
3 minutes de lecture
How Yvon Taught My Kids About Fly Fishing

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

Dylan Tomine
4 minutes de lecture
Almost Two Decades Watching Wild Salmon from the Same Perch

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,…

Lee Spencer
4 minutes de lecture
The Salmon Foxtrot: The Wisdom of Fishermen

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…

Håkan Stenlund
6 minutes de lecture
Notes (and Photos) From a Non-Angler on a Fishing Trip

Professional photographer Andrew Burr reaffirms his skill set in Mongolia.

Andrew Burr
4 minutes de lecture
One Fly, Many Lessons

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

Yvon Chouinard
11 minutes de lecture
Finding Excuses to Extend a Fly-Fishing Trip in Argentina

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…

Håkan Stenlund
5 minutes de lecture
“Real Life” Science with the Wild Fish Conservancy

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…

Dylan Tomine
3 minutes de lecture
How Puget Sound Wild Steelhead Gene Banks Give Salmon a Fighting Chance

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…

Dave McCoy
5 minutes de lecture
The Release: Fundamentals of 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 lot of our leisure time, basements, and wallets. It is not…

Andy J. Danylchuk, PhD
9 minutes de lecture
Fear and Self-Loathing in Punta Allen

“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…

Mike Thompson
9 minutes de lecture
Tenkara with Yvon Chouinard and Patagonia [Updated with Video]

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…

Jessica McGlothlin
4 minutes de lecture
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…

3 minutes de lecture
Excerpt from “Closer to the Ground” by 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…

Dylan Tomine
6 minutes de lecture
Veteran Anglers of New York Fly Fishing Adventure in the Abacos, Bahamas

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…

Richard Franklin
9 minutes de lecture
One in Winter – Fly Fishing for Winter-Run Steelhead

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…

Ryan Peterson
3 minutes de lecture
Family Fishing Operation Live Release on the Miramichi River: Photos

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…

Keith Wilson
2 minutes de lecture
Just Released: SoulFish 2 – Fish Mode

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…

Mikey Weir
2 minutes de lecture
Tenkara USA Joins in Sharing Time-Honored Fishing Techniques with Patagonia Japan Employees

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)…

Daniel W. Galhardo
2 minutes de lecture
May 1 and 9 – Two Important Dates for Salmon and Free Flowing Rivers

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…

Emily Nuchols
5 minutes de lecture
Traveling the Baja Peninsula in a Truck That Runs on Vegetable Oil

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…

MOTIV Fishing
6 minutes de lecture
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