The 10 most read stories of 2018

Reader favorites from the past year
patagonia brown trout
Photo: Chad Shmukler

Each December, as we look back on the most popular stories of the year, we're reminded of a couple of facts that never come as much of a surprise. Fly anglers like to read about gear. They also like to read about how to become better fly anglers. And so, each year, stories about new fishing tools—rods, reels, boots, waders and what have you—and how to best leverage those tools and others to find more success when on the water invariably dominate our annual list of reader favorites.

But each year, we're also reminded of another fact—fly anglers are passionate conservationists. We care deeply about the wild places where we chase trout and other species and seek to preserve and protect them for future generations. It's why conservation stories are such a big part of what we do here at Hatch Magazine and why conservation topics also always make their way into the list of our most read stories.

Here are 2018's reader favorites, the 10 Hatch Magazine stories of this past year that were read more times than any others, grouped by topic but otherwise in no particular order.

Our team of editors and contributors has also compiled its list of 2018 favorites, stay tuned for that look back at the past year.