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Jan 29, 2024

Big Dry Flies in the Depths of Winter?

We heard rumors of our namesake bugs hatching in February and decided to investigate By Miles Nolte February can be...

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...

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 14, 2023

Salmonflies are Overrated

Just find the salmonflies, they say. You’ll be transported to piscatorial Valhalla where the trout are all giant and stupid and eat surface flies that even an octogenarian with severe cataracts can see. The thing is, they’re either lying or don’t actually know what they’re talking about.

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 14, 2023

The Eight Best (Mostly Fly) Fishing Stories Ever Written

Imagine your perfect fishing cabin. Maybe yours is full-on chinked logs, but not mine. Mine’s got a tin roof, pine s...

Dec 27, 2022

Best First Year Ever!

This time last year, Skwala didn’t exist. I mean, we knew—designing and building the best fly fishing apparel on the ...

Nov 2, 2022

Fall is for Steel

Admit it, either you’ve already been there, or your bucket list includes a British Columbia steelhead trip.   Maybe y...

Aug 16, 2022

Bead Fishing is Stupid…Stupid Good

Only in Alaska do you find out a tiny piece of plastic is the key to your dream trip.

Aug 8, 2022

Fish Like Water

In a shocking new development, science has proven, once and for all that FISH LIKE WATER. I know, this is difficult to accept...

Aug 2, 2022

Gardiner is Open for Business

The Upper Yellowstone River and its tributaries are far from secret. Summer high season usually sees . . .
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