Monday, February 1, 2016

Hank explains TU

"You want to be a fishtronaut you can go to the moon and swim on the moon."
Hank Patterson explains TU

It was on our annual Maine trip last year that I had the unsettling and very disturbing realization that trout streams are not an unlimited resource.  This thought was sparked by a conversation I had with local guide John Pollock about the fragile state of the Rapid River.  The Rapid River, world famous for its alder fly hatch and huge native brook trout, has seen a very gradual rise in temperature over the past decade, directly affecting the stream and its fish population.   Though many theories exist as to why the Rapid seems to be on the decline, a popular theory is that the feeder streams to the drainage system have been slowly warming due to the large amount of trees cut down by the logging industry.  This warmer water has a trickle down effect gradually increasing the temperature of the water in the system.  Whether you agree with that theory or not is besides the point.  The point is the biology surrounding the incredible sport we love is fragile and needs to be kept in balance.  Our job is to play the part of steward.  Groups like TU provide opportunities for us to play the part of steward collectively with a shared vision of making sure our kids will get to take their grandkids flyfishing on the streams we love.

Join TU today.

Visit.  TU.ORG

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Must See: Low and Clear

Winter 2016 is upon us and here in the North East we are getting ready for the first big winter weather event of the year.  So while you load up on milk and bread in preperation for a weekend stuck at home make plans to watch the best fly fishing movie out there.  It is called Low and Clear and it is a brilliant character study and fly fishing movie.  I have watched it 4 times and it never gets old.  This film captures the far swings of personality as it collides and meshes with this beautiful art we call fly fishing.  It is a story of friendship, art and fish.  You will love it.

"Let's see if we can find peace in our hearts."
"%$*#@$ this #$%^&ing Wind"

Bend your ear toward the awesome soundtrack, just lean back and brace yourself for flurries of vulgarity.  This is a raw and real picture.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Sign the Dam petition!

DamNation: We can make a difference

Sorry for shouting the title of this blog post... let me calm down and start by saying, you need to watch the documentary DamNation.  I knew dams were an out of date means of creating energy, but it was enlightening to see just how not "green" hydro energy is in comparison to the abundance of solar and wind.

I was also was aware of the impact that dams have on our fisheries and landscapes but I was blown away at how many dams we have in America!  There are approximately 75,000 dams over 3 feet tall in America! INSANE!  Bottom line is dams are out of date, unneeded and have harmed not only our fisheries, but the American landscape.

Watch the film on Netflix, iTunes or buy the DVD/Blueray through the link above.  Please watch and make your own Dam conclusion!  Hopefully you will join us in signing the Dam petition. 

Check out the trailer:

DamNation - Trailer from Patagonia on Vimeo.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Save the Tully

Please click VOTE NOW to cast your vote.
Otherwise the Tully will be lost to bobber and worm fisherman.
This is a mess.  The PA Fish Commission need to know how you feel about it.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Contour and an awesome video.

Contour is back in buisness and has a new and improved Contour Roam Camera available.  I know so many of you are all like.  "Go Pro...Go Pro...we love our Go Pro's"  But listen this camera is the bestest for wing-suit diving, base jumping, other personal adventures and fly fishing.
Adventure everyday peeps. Most of the below video is contour awesomeness.

CRO. Ride On from 815productions on Vimeo.