New film ARTIFISHAL explores the disastrous impacts of hatcheries and fish farms

Documentary finds hundreds of millions of dollars wasted on an industry that does more harm than good
Credit: Patagonia

These days, iconic outdoor clothing and equipment manufacturer Patagonia may be as well known for its activism as it is for its gear. And if that's the case, there's a good chance that'd be just fine with the folks calling the shots behind the scenes who have made the conscious decision to use the brand's influence, reach and, of course, money to help move the world in what it thinks is the right direction.

Don't dress stupid

When chasing trout and other finicky fish, what to wear can be a crucial decision
One of these two anglers has the right idea (photo: Chad Shmukler).

Corey’s green-and-yellow plaid shirt stood out like a sore thumb. The yellow was almost a neon yellow. The green? Linda Blair vomit.

As we hiked along a lonely trail that stretched between two small Madison River tributaries, the southwest Montana afternoon sky shimmered with sunlight as it sliced through pockets of storm clouds. The grass of the lowland pastures was high and deep green. Below us, miles away, we could see the Madison, shining silver in the patches of sun the clouds failed to filter out.

Review: Orvis Clearwater fly rod and reel

Orvis' new entry-level rod and reel outfit is a clear winner
Photo: Spencer Durrant

The 9’5wt Orvis Clearwater deserves an article’s worth of accolades, but if nothing else this rod proves a surprising truth:

Orvis has, for the moment, lept to the front of the pack in the arms race that is manufacturing fly fishing tackle. Top to bottom, Orvis’ offerings outdo or match even the fiercest competition, and the updated Orvis Clearwater is perhaps the best example of this resurgence.

The Hatch Magazine scholarship

If you want to learn from the best, throw your hat in the ring
Photo: Tim Romano

Hatch Magazine has been preaching the same message for years: anglers who want to become more effective have to pay the piper. That means grabbing your gear, heading for the river, and putting in your time on the water. Nothing beats personal experience, or learning from the mistakes that we all make. Unfortunately, though, it can take decades to gain enough experience, while very few of us have the freedom to spend an unlimited amount of time on the water.