Take Action to Protect Bristol Bay

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EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is up to his shady secret shenanigans and now Bristol Bay is at serious risk. It is imperative that the fly fishing community comes together to voice their opposition to the proposed Pebble Mine, which, unfortunately, might have the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (of all people) as a key supporter. If this happens, it’s over. Please take action and add your voice to those commenting that we do not want this mine.

To take quick and easy action, please click here.

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Tell Congress to Defend National Monuments

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A leaked document reveals that Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke intends to recommend to the president that 10 national monuments are compromised to accommodate business interests. Some of the monuments mights be shrinked while others will be deregulated to allow for mining, drilling, and commercial fishing. This can’t happen.

To tell your congress person to defend public lands, please click here.

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Gear Review: The Patagonia Tough Puff Hoody

Patagonia Tough Puff Hoody

“The Patagonia Nano Puff is the greatest jacket ever made.” It would be impossible to even guess how many times I’ve repeated these words. In fact, it’s probably so frequent that it classifies as excessive. Like Uncle Rico talking about his high school football days, I must’ve subconsciously believed if I told just one more person, I’d be one step closer to enlightening the masses. Well, it turns out, maybe the Nano Puff isn’t the greatest jacket ever made. I now believe that crown goes to the Patagonia Tough Puff Hoody.

The Nano Puff has two features that contributed to my love fest. First, it packs down to fit into its own chest pocket, making it ideal for travel. Second, the jacket is a perfect match for a wide range of weather conditions. In the case of the new Tough Puff Hoody, anglers get an easy-to-pack jacket that handles different weather conditions as well as features that will add further appeal to anglers.

Let’s start with the word “tough.” While the Nano Puff remains a favorite jacket, it did at times have a hard time keeping up with me. Thrashed by brush and stabbed by plenty of flies, my Nano Puff has been patched and pieced back together enough that I almost wear it with honor. However, I’d frequently desired a solution to fears of abrasion. The Tough Puff Hoody is that solution.

The Tough Puff Hoody features a 100% polyester outer shell with a “moisture-shedding DWR (durable water repellent) finish.” Bringing enhanced durability, this jacket is designed for handling the conditions anglers often face.

The Tough Puff Hoody also delivers comfort. Similar to the Nano-Air® design and the idea that you would never want to take it off, the Tough Puff feels as comfortable as my favorite cotton hoody but with technical features that make it more practical in the mountains or on the water. In fact, during a day recently with extreme temperature fluctuations, my Tough Puff kept me warm on a frigid morning then raised eyebrows later when I was still wearing it zipped up after highs reached 80 degrees.

The Tough Puff is also my new favorite because of additional design features that suit the needs of fly anglers. In addition to its water repellent and abrasion resistant finish, the Tough Puff features a “60-g FullRange® 100% polyester stretch insulation.” The stretch is key. From climbing around the bank to reaching for fish, the stretch brings added comfort and mobility. And for those times when you’re trekking through the woods or rowing the raft, the material of the Tough Puff brings warmth but also breathability. A Capilene® lining inside also brings enhanced breathability and moisture wicking.

I tested this jacket day-in and day-out in a wide range of conditions but knew my concluding thoughts would come after a weekend in steelhead country. It is often on the water up in Northern California where I discover shortcomings to technical gear, but in the case of the Tough Puff Hoody, this is where I found more to love about this piece. The crew at Patagonia truly thought of everything with the Tough Puff. As someone who always wants to cut down on bulk with my packs and attire, it came as a surprise that the Tough Puff has two chest pockets for fly boxes. Most jackets with these pockets tend to be bulky in the chest, but here they are low-profile, which makes the Tough Puff a more suitable crossover to daily casual life. In addition to these pockets, the Tough Puff features lower pockets as well. With many fly fishing jackets having upper fly box pockets but not normal lower pockets, this design feature brings even more practical use. And finally, elastic in the cuffs helps keep the cold out while allowing comfort with layering underneath.

Look out, friends! A fair warning that you will hear me talk about the Tough Puff Hoody a good bit from now on. This is undoubtedly my go-to piece from here on out.

The Patagonia Tough Puff Hoody comes in Black and Bay Blue and retails for $299.

To check out more on the Patagonia Tough Puff Hoody, please click here.

– Tim Harden

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Global Rescue — Essential for Destination Fly Fishing

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I like to travel to fly fish. Whether it’s a long road trip or exploring a foreign land, I live to pursue my passion in new places.

Just as fly fishing in itself has risks that range from dangerous currents to backcountry injuries to extreme weather, travel also has risks. I was in Central America when the zika virus hit, and I’ve been way off the grid when car problems have come up.

After getting a hip replacement two years ago, I recognized that my risk is even greater now than most. Dislocating my hip on the water or taking on an injury far from home could put me in a grave situation, especially if traveling in a country that has inadequate health care. With that, there was no question that I would join Global Rescue.

At risk of sounding too much like a commercial, it actually is essential that destination anglers join Global Rescue. In fact, if you talk to the folks at any fly fishing travel company from The Fly Shop to Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures to Tailwaters Fly Fishing Company, they not only strongly recommend Global Rescue, but they are also all members.

Global Rescue is the ultimate backup plan for adventurers. Say I do dislocate my hip on the side of a mountain in Nicaragua? I would call Global Rescue and they would send a helicopter to get me and take me to the medical care I need. Heading to a country that has political conflict? Global Rescue even has plans that deliver extraction services in the case of a coup or revolution.

There’s no way I could afford these services if paid for when needed. With Global Rescue, you pay a reasonable monthly rate based on your needs.

I am fortunate to know the most well-traveled anglers who go to the ends of the earth to fly fish. They are all members. Additionally, it is Global Rescue that supports Everest climbers with their needs if things go awry. It’s a great service that I don’t leave home without.

To learn more about Global Rescue, please click here.

— Tim Harden

 

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Take Action: Stop Timber Sale in the Tongass National Forest

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The Tongass National Forest is Southeast Alaska is truly a national treasure. This lush rainforest is regarded as the last salmon forest and it is also stacked with steelhead. Unfortunately, there are frequent threats from logging, and we now have a new threat.

Earth Justice is urging people to voice their opposition to a big timber sale. To add your voice, please click here.

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Podcast: Fly Fishing in Georgia with Justin Pickett

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Justin Pickett of Gink & Gasoline is an angler who takes full advantage of his home waters in Georgia. In this episode of The Venturing Angler Podcast — sponsored by Nautilus Reels — Justin discusses the waters and many species of Georgia.

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An overdue trip to the McCloud River

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Overdue indeed. While I’ve been blessed to travel the world to fly fish, regretfully my travels have taken me away from what’s in my own backyard in California. And despite having many opportunities for more travel, I truly want to focus on the many places I haven’t fished in California.

To (finally) get the ball rolling, I ventured with Tyler Graff of Baetis & Stones to the McCloud River in Northern California. Yeah … seriously … I’d never been to the McCloud.

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Just like the famous trout on this river, the natural landscape of the region took hold of me. We ended up having a six hour drive in the rain, but the drive in the dark on rugged mountain roads added to the feeling of heading somewhere remote and new, and when we pitched tents upon our arrival, we found that the sound of the river all night was a perfect lullaby. And to wake up to the sound of the river only fueled anticipation.

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Ph: Tyler Graff

The section of the McCloud we fished was spectacularly beautiful. Warnings of an abundance of rattlesnakes was unnerving, but close encounters with nice mule deer bucks brought in aspects of nature that were certainly welcome. Apparently a large bear cruised through camp as well. The short hike to the preserve was beautiful — as was every stretch of the river. The McCloud is a gem.

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Ph: Tyler Graff

Despite hearing that it was a slow couple of days on the water, I was psyched with the number of fish we caught. And the limited number of people on the water was a delightful surprise. In fact, I spent about five hours on one small run alone. In Colorado, to have such good water to yourself would have to come in a blizzard or on Christmas morning. I just couldn’t walk away.

Camping and fishing the McCloud was a treat, and I can’t wait to return. Every single trout was gorgeous, and everything from the mountains to the water to the wildlife was too much to take in at once. Ah … California.

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