Headwaters: The Adventures, Obsession, and Evolution of a Fly Fisherman by Dylan Tomine

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Christmas Island. The Russian Arctic. Argentine Patagonia. Japan. Cuba. British Columbia. Dylan Tomine takes us to the far reaches of the planet in search of fish and adventure, with keen insight, a strong stomach and plenty of laughs along the way. Closer to home, he wades deeper into his beloved steelhead rivers of the Pacific Northwest and the politics of saving them. Tomine celebrates the joy—and pain—of exploration, fatherhood and the comforts of home waters from a vantage point well off the beaten path. Headwaters traces the evolution of a lifelong angler’s priorities from fishing to the survival of the fish themselves. It is a book of remarkable obsession, environmental awareness shaped by experience, and hope for the future.

  • About the Author

    Dylan Tomine is a Patagonia fly fishing ambassador, writer, father, conservation advocate and recovering sink tip addict. He’s the author of Closer to the Ground: A Family’s Year on the Water, in the Woods and at the Table (Patagonia, 2012), and a producer for the feature-length documentary, Artifishal. Dylan lives with his kids and their faithful, furry sibling, Halo the Wonder Lab, on an island in the Salish Sea.

  • About the Illustrator

    Frances Ashforth’s spare paintings, drawings and waterbase monotypes reflect the geography and geology of intersecting habitats that she has visited and studied. Land, water, mountains and deserts are what inspire Frances. Her passion for flyfishing and time spent in remote places has allowed her to experience sparsely populated and wild lands across the United States. Ashforth has exhibited internationally in the UK, Ireland, Denmark & Canada. Ashforth lives in Connecticut. www.francesashforth.com

  • Endorsement

    Early on in this wonderful collection, Dylan Tomine says he was “born to fish.” He was obviously born to write, too. Headwaters exemplifies the very best in angling literature, with prose that is, at various times, hilarious, profound and mournful. The book makes you fight simultaneous urges—Grab a rod and go? Or keep your butt in the chair and continue reading? You win either way. --Monte Burke, author of Saban and Lords of the Fly

  • Endorsement

    Dylan Tomine vividly recounts an arc many anglers experience, from passionate beginnings, through diligence and expertise, to enlightenment. -- Tom McGuane, author, artist and angler

  • Specifications

    304 pages, full-color throughout; Over 25 original art pieces ; 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 inches

  • Publisher

    Published by Patagonia

  • Country of Origin

    Made in USA.