Traful River Patagonia
The Traful River courses through one of the valleys hardest hit by the 2011 Chilean eruption. Today, the river remains crowded with healthy juvenile and adult trout (photo: Chad Shmukler).

Cabulco volcano unlikely to impact Patagonia's fishing

While much of the world marvels at the incredible photos coming out of Chile, where the Calbuco volcano erupted twice over the last few days and spewed a massive cloud of ash high into the sky, there are probably more than a few anglers wondering what might become of their planned trips to Patagonia to chase trout next fall and winter.

Turneffe Atoll Permit
Like many saltwater fish, the appearance of a permit changes depending on its surroundings. This healthy Turneffe Flats permit takes on the purple and blue hues of the skies above (photo: Chad Shmukler).

Last day permit

I’m not angry. I’m just disappointed.

Daniel, my guide for the week at Turneffe Flats in Belize didn’t say it, but it was written all over his face. By all rights, he should have been disgusted. Getting two chances at the same permit or group of permit can be rare. Getting a dozen or possibly even more is unheard of. Permit shots don’t come often, and I was giving them away like they were kittens.

Cold Waters
A still from the film.

Cold Waters: The Inside View

You might think that putting together a fly fishing movie with Patagonia’s Yvon Chouinard, Craig Mathews of Blue Ribbon Flies, Steve Hemkens of Orvis and Tim Romano of Angling Trade would be an absolute blast. And while that’s true (you can’t fish with Craig, Yvon, Steve and Tim and not have a good time), the pressure was intense.

Fly Fishing Guide with Bonefish
Showing off a healthy bonefish (photo: Chad Shmukler).

Help protect Bahamas bonefish by supporting two new national parks

Currently on the desk of the prime minister of the Bahamas are two proposals which seek to expand and create new national park lands that would protect vital bonefish and tarpon habitat. One proposal would expand the Grand Bahama national park system, while the other would establish new protections for areas of Abaco.

Turneffe Atoll Bonefish - Turneffe Flats - Belize
Bigger, bolder photography -- like this capture of a Belizean bonefish from Turneffe Flats -- is one of the best parts of our new look and feel (photo: Chad Shmukler).

New look Hatch Magazine launches today

For the last few months, we've been working on an all-new version of Hatch Magazine, with a completely revamped look and feel. The goal from the outset has been to provide a more pleasant, immersive reading experience complete with bigger, bolder photography. It's not that the existing incarnation of Hatch Magazine is all that bad, its just a bit dated and we knew we could do better. And we have. The new Hatch Magazine is better in every way, and it's almost ready for prime time.

Hatch Magazine Logo

Almost, you say? But it's launching today? Yes. Almost.

Originally, the new Hatch Magazine was slated to launch on May 15. But, an announcement from Google last week -- one which has much of the internet clamoring to take action and gravely worried about potential impacts to their business -- has fast tracked our plans.