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Apr 2, 2024

10 Fly Fishing Tools You Don’t Think You Need

Check your ego; improve your fishing Everybody warned me. Friends, mentors, random guides at the bar, they told me wh...

Feb 15, 2024

Why Start A Fly Fishing Brand?

When we started the concept for Skwala back in 2020, people told us the world didn’t need another fly fishing brand. But fly fishing isn’t about needs; it’s about irrational passion. We're a tight group of dedicated fly anglers who’ve helped lead some of the most innovative and successful outdoor gear companies in the market today.

Jan 2, 2024

Get the Future

Everybody had a good year. Everybody caught a big brown. Everybody pulled their waders up. Everybody laid a line down...

Dec 13, 2023

Skwala Awards 20% of Holiday Sales to Save Wild Trout

This holiday season, Skwala is turning its focus to critical issues near its home in Montana by donating 20% of all sales on for Thursday, December 14, 2023 to the local organization, Save Wild Trout. 

Oct 2, 2023

Don’t Tie Your Own Flies

Let's interrogate some of the common claims about the virtues of tying vs buying.

Jul 31, 2023

Carp Fly Fishing vs. Pop-Punk

You can’t buy a helicopter ride to a magical pond of big, dumb carp. If you’ve got a bicycle, some old Chuck Taylors, a 6-weight, and a fist full of flies, you can probably go carp fishing, but that doesn’t mean you can catch them. Have you got your local carp pond dialed?

Jul 10, 2023

Bone Tired and Unreasonably Happy: A love letter to Alaska

When I arrived in Alaska—oozing that brand new guide smell, dry bags overflowing with ignorance—I was unprepared for much of what I would soon encounter. I’d never driven a jet-boat before, hadn’t laid eyes on a live salmon or brown bear, thought a 20-inch trout was huge, and still thought the term “flossing” only applied to dental hygiene.

Jun 5, 2023

The practical (and therapeutic) benefits of organizing your fly boxes

Well organized fly boxes make fishing easier, more efficient, and more effective. Disorganized boxes force you to waste valuable fishing time searching for flies.

May 8, 2023

The Best Fly Fishing (how-to) Books

A huge percentage of modern anglers seek knowledge about the sublime act of fooling a fish on a fly in the same place they turn for advice on clearing a clogged drain: YouTube, aka the media gutter. Before you assume we’re a bunch of snobs dumping on streaming videos and exalting snooty fishing words, look closely at this list of the Best Fly Fishing (how-to) Books ever.

Apr 21, 2023

Tarpon Are Even Cooler Than You Think

Bet you don't know as much about tarpon as you think you do. Sure, they're massive, hard-mouthed, voracious, frequent fliers that snap rods and wills—but they're also fascinating fish that have survived on this planet fifty times as long as humans. Learn a little bit more about silver kings.

Mar 21, 2023

Why March Is Better Than August

By Miles Nolte  Most people seem to fetishize summer: warm, languid days dripping sweat and sunshine; nights like 70s...

Jan 10, 2023

The Eight Greatest Fly Fishing Films Ever Made

Fly fishing, a niche within a niche, a subculture within a subculture, inspires far more than its share of art, liter...
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