At the end of the 2014 fishing season, five respected fly fishermen—Craig Mathews of Blue Ribbon Flies, Yvon Chouinard of Patagonia, Steve Hemkens of Orvis, Tim Romano of Angling Trade, and Todd Tanner of Conservation Hawks—came together to fish for wild trout and share their thoughts on angling and climate change.
“Cold Waters” was shot in Montana in October, and it celebrates the joy and passion of fly fishing, while educating anglers on the threat we face from global warming. The film, which is a collaboration between Conservation Hawks and the cinematic team at Conservation Media, focuses on our responsibility to protect cold, clean waters and healthy landscapes, and to stand up for future generations of Americans.
Because climate change is the single largest threat to our future, “Cold Waters” was made with unprecedented support from the fly-fishing industry: iconic brands, businesses, and organizations, such as Orvis, Scientific Anglers, Costa, Patagonia, Winston, Sage, RIO, Redington, Abel, AFFTA, National Wildlife Federation, Trout Unlimited, TroutHunter, Linehan Outfitting Co., Sweetwater Travel Co., World Cast Anglers, Emerald Water Anglers, Hatch Magazine, The Lodge at Palisades Creek, Angling Trade Magazine, and Blue Ribbon Flies.
Whenever we post something that mentions climate change, folks complain that we are “getting political.” But climate change is not a political issue; it is about science. And as you can see from the list above, virtually the entire fly-fishing industry is concerned about the future.