Fly Fishing Stories

Joshua Hutchins
Share the Love. Share the Poster.

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

Steve Duda
2 min Read
You Call Yourself an Angler?

Conservation, fishing and the 2020 election.

Stephen Sautner
7 min Read
When a River Burns

Of forests, fire and fish.

Amanda Monthei
6 min Read
When Mountains Become Islands

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

John Larison
8 min Read
Taking Back Puget Sound

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

Dylan Tomine
7 min Read
It’s All Home Water: The Medicines of Wanderlust

For a closer look at the dangers a toxic sulfur-ore copper mine poses to the more than 1,000,000 acres of backcountry in the Boundary Waters, please see our accompanying film, “A Northern Light,” (below) Encompassing more than 1,000,000 acres along the US-Canada border, the fresh water, wilderness habitat and sustainable jobs of the Boundary Waters…

Nathaniel Riverhorse Nakadate
3 min Read
Ghosts

What We Fish for When We Fish for Carp

Steve Duda
7 min Read
It’s All Home Water: The People’s River

How Casper reimagined the North Platte.

Dave Zoby
12 min Read
Feeling the River All Around

River snorkeling’s miserable beauty.

Brett Tallman
4 min Read
Il Pescatore Completo

Arturo Pugno, a fisherman in the Italian Alps, is the last known practitioner of an ancient style of flyfishing remarkable for its pure simplicity.

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It’s All Home Water: Steelhead Green

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

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

Feature: Squeaky Wheels, Wild Fish and Carrot Sticks

Steve Duda
10 min Read
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 min Read
It’s All Home Water: Paddling Past the Graveyard

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

Nathaniel Riverhorse Nakadate
6 min Read
Finnish Breakthrough

How actor Jasper Pääkkönen advocates for wild fish.

Gregory Fitz
8 min Read
Artifishal

The road to extinction is paved with good intentions

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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 min Read
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 min Read
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 min Read
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 min Read
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 min Read
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 min Read
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 min Read
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 min Read
Notes (and Photos) From a Non-Angler on a Fishing Trip

Professional photographer Andrew Burr reaffirms his skill set in Mongolia.

Andrew Burr
4 min Read
One Fly, Many Lessons

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

Yvon Chouinard
11 min Read
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 min Read
Curacao’s Big Oil and Big Tarpon

“Fish, two o’clock,” shouted Norman Chumaceiro, my guide to tarpon on the idyllic island of Curacao, 40 miles off the coast of Venezuela. “Now they’re at nine! And six. They’re everywhere!” he exclaimed. If anyone could help me come tight on a tarpon it’s Chumaceiro, who, along with his friend Albert Macares, are the only…

Brian Irwin
10 min Read
“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 min Read
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 min Read
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 min Read
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 min Read
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 min Read
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 min Read
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 min Read
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 min Read
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