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Thousands of domesticated hatchery salmon are released into the San Francisco Bay. photo: Ben Moon

The Best Hatchery Is a Healthy River

By Dylan Tomine   |   Mar 14, 2019 March 14, 2019

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… Read More

Photo: Barry & Cathy Beck

Home Pool, Sulphur Creek

By Peter Heller   |   Mar 4, 2019 March 4, 2019

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… Read More

The Una and its tributaries are certainly wadable and offer amazing trout and grayling fishing, especially in the upper parts in Una National Park. Photo: Jonas Borinski

Save the Blue Heart of Europe: Una, The One

By Jonas Borinski   |   Jul 17, 2018 July 17, 2018

Bosnia? Isn’t that one of those war-stricken, ex-Yugoslavia states? Hmm, I don’t know much about it but it doesn’t sound too tempting. That’s what I thought when Patagonia sales rep Christof Menz contacted me in early 2016 with the idea to make a fly fishing film about… Read More

The author admires a bonefish caught and released on the flats of Grand Bahama. Photo: Justin Lewis

Bahamas Bonefish Conservation

By Nick Roberts   |   Jul 3, 2018 July 3, 2018

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… Read More

Kingfish are an MSA rebuilding success story for both commercial and recreational fishing interests. Photo: Brandon Shuler

Boom & Bust: Healthy Fisheries Demand Strong Conservation

By Dr. Brandon D. Shuler   |   Jun 26, 2018 June 26, 2018

As luck would have it, I was born into one of those families that has a healthy addiction: fishing. When asked, “When did you start fishing?” I have no answer. It’s always been there. Like most fly anglers, I cut my teeth on conventional gear, throwing artificials while sitting in… Read More

Illustration: Walker Cahall

Flyathlon

By The Dirtbag Diaries   |   Jun 15, 2018 June 15, 2018

There are a lot of serious problems in this world, but the solutions don’t always have to be serious. Fly fisherman and trail runner Andrew Todd channeled his concern for Colorado’s native trout and the watersheds that support them into the creation of a joyful, irreverent event: The Flyathlon. The… Read More

Ansil Saunders points to the mangrove island, still visible today, where the all-tackle world-record bonefish was landed. Photo: Brian Irwin

When the Mountaintop Met the Mangroves

By Brian Irwin   |   Mar 8, 2018 March 8, 2018

“It happened right there—just off that mangrove island,” Ansil Saunders points, recollecting the day in 1971 that his client, Jerry Lavenstein, a now-deceased sportsman from Virginia Beach, Virginia, caught a 16-pound bonefish on eight-pound test and a live shrimp. That fish was an all-tackle world record, one that still stands. Read More

Photo: Dylan Tomine

Montana or Bust

By Dylan Tomine   |   Aug 22, 2017 August 22, 2017

As the kids grow older, it becomes clearer and clearer to me how precious, and short, our time is together. It’s also become more important than ever to me that they spend time with key people in my life—friends and mentors who’ve inspired me and helped along the way—in the… Read More

Illustration: Cathy Eliot

A Perch

By Lee Spencer   |   Aug 9, 2017 August 9, 2017

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… Read More

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