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Dylan Tomine

Dylan Tomine

Dylan Tomine is a Patagonia fly fishing ambassador and the author of Closer to the Ground: An Outdoor Family’s Year On The Water, In The Woods and At The Table. He lives on the coast of Washington with his wife and two kids.

Articles

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

The Best Hatchery Is a Healthy River

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: Steve Perih

Giants Live Forever

Sep 25, 2017 September 25, 2017

Through the years I’ve talked to Bruce Hill on the phone more times than I can count, often at odd hours, about subjects big and small. Recipes for teriyaki sauce and salmon caviar. Conservation campaign strategies. Guitar techniques. Family. Personal issues and challenges. For so many reasons it’s been a… Read More

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Montana or Bust

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

Photo: Tavish Campbell

Lelu Island: We Can Win This One

Mar 31, 2017 March 31, 2017

Lelu Island and the adjacent underwater region known as Flora Bank lie at the mouth of the Skeena River, one of North America’s great salmon superhighways. Flora Bank contains the highest abundances (25 times more) of juvenile salmon compared with all other sampled habitat in the Skeena River estuary. It… Read More

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“Real Life” Science

Apr 8, 2016 April 8, 2016

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… Read More

Above: Nushagak River, draining into Bristol Bay, Alaska. Photo: AlaskaTrekker (CC)

Protecting Bristol Bay: Smart Money

Dec 22, 2014 December 22, 2014

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… Read More

Elwha River Uplift

Elwha River Uplift

Sep 8, 2014 September 8, 2014

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… Read More

Yvon Chouinard. An avid fly fisherman who has plied the waters in virtually every corner of the globe, he provided the keynote address to attendees of this year's Seafood Summit. Photo: Tim Davis.

A Different Kind of Fish Report

Mar 15, 2011 March 15, 2011

Patagonia Fly Fishing Ambassador, Dylan Tomine, brings us today’s post – an update on the current state of the seafood industry as seen from a seat at the 9th Annual Seafood Summit in Vancouver. He attended this year’s Seafood Summit, along… Read More

No hatchery needed. Wild steelhead return to the North Fork Umpqua River, Oregon. DamNation collection. Photo: Matt Stoecker

Bozeman Save Wild Steelhead Festival

Nov 25, 2008 November 25, 2008

Fly-fishing fanatic and Patagonia field report writer, Dylan Tomine, shares his experience at a recent steelhead-conservation fundraiser in Bozeman, Montana. Just back from the Bozeman Save Wild Steelhead Festival and thought I’d report in. I know what you’re thinking – I thought it too: What the heck is a… Read More