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Fly Fishing Stories

Joshua Hutchins
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
Home Pool, Sulphur Creek: Losing a Favorite Fishing Spot to Climate Change
Home Pool, Sulphur Creek: Losing a Favorite Fishing Spot to Climate Change
Home Pool, Sulphur Creek: Losing a Favorite Fishing Spot to Climate Change
Peter Heller

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…

7 min Read
Cuando la cima de la montaña se encuentra con los manglares
Ansil Saunders points to the mangrove island, still visible today, where the all-tackle world-record bonefish was landed. Photo: Brian Irwin
Cuando la cima de la montaña se encuentra con los manglares
Brian Irwin

“Sucedió ahí mismo, justo al lado de esa isla de manglares”, apunta Ansil Saunders, recordando el día en 1971 en que su cliente, Jerry Lavenstein, un deportista hoy fallecido oriundo de Virginia Beach, Virginia, atrapó un bonefish (macabí) de 7 kilos con una línea de 3 kilos y un camarón vivo. Ese pez fue un…

9 min Read
Last Chance to Get It Right
Last Chance to Get It Right
Last Chance to Get It Right
Gregory Fitz

Rule changes and the future of the Olympic Peninsula’s wild steelhead.

18 min Read
Born with This
Born with This
Born with This
Steve Duda

The last days of the Klamath River dams.

20 min Read
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…

5 min Read
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 & Yvon Chouinard and Matt Stoecker

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…

3 min Read
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.

4 min Read
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…

6 min Read
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…

5 min Read
The Release: Fundamentals of Fish and the Path to Responsible Angling
The Release: Fundamentals of Fish and the Path to Responsible Angling
The Release: Fundamentals of Fish and the Path to Responsible Angling
Andy J. Danylchuk, PhD

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…

9 min Read
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…

7 min Read
Bahamas Bonefish Conservation with Aaron Adams
The author admires a bonefish caught and released on the flats of Grand Bahama. Photo: Justin Lewis
Bahamas Bonefish Conservation with Aaron Adams
Nick Roberts

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…

9 min Read
Be Brave. Be Kind. Go Get ‘Em!
Be Brave. Be Kind. Go Get ‘Em!
Be Brave. Be Kind. Go Get ‘Em!
Aimee Eaton

Raising activist anglers.

11 min Read
It’s All Home Water: The Bahamas
It’s All Home Water: The Bahamas
It’s All Home Water: The Bahamas
Nick Roberts

Roots and recovery on Abaco and Grand Bahama Islands.

12 min Read
Civil Rights and Bonefishing in Bimini
Ansil Saunders points to the mangrove island, still visible today, where the all-tackle world-record bonefish was landed. Photo: Brian Irwin
Civil Rights and Bonefishing in Bimini
Brian Irwin

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

8 min Read
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)

11 min Read
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
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…

4 min Read
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…

3 min Read
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…

4 min Read
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