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The Super Salmon

By Ryan Peterson   |   Dec 20, 2016 December 20, 2016

It is with great pride and excitement that we are sharing The Super Salmon with the world—a little movie about the Su and the spotlight it’s been in these last few years. From the first screening in Talkeetna a year ago, to the dozens more that have… Read More

Photo: Chris Gaggia

Lessons from a Simple Fly

By Yvon Chouinard   |   Aug 25, 2016 August 25, 2016

Modern-day fly fishing, like much in life, has become exceedingly complex, with high-tech gear and a confusing array of flies and terminal tackle. The newly revised second edition of our book Simple Fly Fishing,  written by Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard and fishermen Craig Mathews and Mauro Mazzo, reveals that… 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

Photo: Håkan Stenlund

The Salmon Foxtrot

By Håkan Stenlund   |   May 22, 2017 May 22, 2017

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… Read More

The Elwha River has been dam-free for less than two decades  whereas the Hoh River—running from the flanks of Mount Olympus to the Pacific Ocean on the Olympic Peninsula’s western edge—remains one of the state’s few uninterrupted rivers, largely due to its location in Olympic National Park. Photo: Colin Wiseman

Saving One River: Hoh Steelhead in Decline

By Colin Wiseman   |   Aug 17, 2019 August 17, 2019

“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… Read More

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: Dave McCoy

A Bittersweet Victory

By Paul Moinester   |   May 25, 2017 May 25, 2017

The stakes were high and the odds were long. A wild Alaskan paradise, a frontier community and a tribe of Alaska Natives hung in the balance, their fates inextricably linked to the colossal coalfield beneath the headwaters of the Chuitna River and the coal barons who owned it. Unfortunately, for… 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

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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