Fly Fishing Stories

Joshua Hutchins
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
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
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
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
The Darkest Web
The Darkest Web
The Darkest Web
Nathaniel Riverhorse Nakadate

Protecting the Gulf of Mexico from illegal fishing.

11 min Read
Lessons from the River
Lessons from the River
Lessons from the River
Barry Lopez

50th Anniversary Wild And Scenic Rivers Act

8 min Read
It’s All Home Water: The Crash of Florida’s Tarpon Capitol
It’s All Home Water: The Crash of Florida’s Tarpon Capitol
It’s All Home Water: The Crash of Florida’s Tarpon Capitol
Monte Burke

A Small Florida Town Was Once Host to the World’s Largest Tarpon. What Happened?

12 min Read
You Call Yourself an Angler?
You Call Yourself an Angler?
You Call Yourself an Angler?
Stephen Sautner

Conservation, fishing and the 2020 election.

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
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
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
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
It’s All Home Water: The Medicines of Wanderlust
It’s All Home Water: The Medicines of Wanderlust
It’s All Home Water: The Medicines of Wanderlust
Nathaniel Riverhorse Nakadate

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…

3 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
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
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
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
It’s All Home Water: Paddling Past the Graveyard
It’s All Home Water: Paddling Past the Graveyard
It’s All Home Water: Paddling Past the Graveyard
Nathaniel Riverhorse Nakadate

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

6 min Read
Finnish Breakthrough
Finnish Breakthrough
Finnish Breakthrough
Gregory Fitz

How actor Jasper Pääkkönen advocates for wild fish.

8 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
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
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
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
How Yvon Taught My Kids About Fly Fishing
Photo: Dylan Tomine
How Yvon Taught My Kids About Fly Fishing
Dylan Tomine

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

4 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
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
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
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
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
Curacao’s Big Oil and Big Tarpon
Photo: Brian Irwin
Curacao’s Big Oil and Big Tarpon
Brian Irwin

“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…

10 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
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
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