Conservation Fishing

Patagonia to repair waders, clothing at Denver Fly Fishing Show

Going to be in Denver for the Fly Fishing Show this weekend? Bring along your favorite pair of leaky waders—the folks at Patagonia will repair them. Free.

Patagonia’s Worn Wear Wagon will be at the show at the Denver Mart north of downtown.  The repair team will be outfitted with new tools and supplies to stretch the life of well-loved fishing gear and clothing. 

All brands of waders and clothes are welcome, as long as they’re dry. Patagonia can’t fix rods and other hard goods, but the folks on hand can tune up all types of garments, so non-anglers are welcome, too. Again, all repairs are free (one item, per person, per day), and will be done at booth X10 at the show, which starts Jan. 3.

“What’s most important to us is that you are able to get out and fish,” said Ted Manning, Patagonia’s director of fish. “We know that we only act to save the things we love, so the more we spend time in the places fishing takes us, the more likely we are to rally when they are threatened. And we know that no matter whose gear you use, if you are lucky enough to get and use it a lot, it will wear out. This Worn Wear tour is the convergence of those two ideas: get people back on the water and keep the gear they’ve loved going with them.”

Patagonia’s Worn Wear program was created in 2013 to encourage people to change their relationship with stuff, because one of the most responsible things we can do as a company is to make high-quality products that last for years and can be repaired, so you can buy less. The program provides significant resources for responsible care, repair, reuse, resale and recycling at the end of a garment’s life.

The event information is below. We’ll be showing up with our trailer, armed with staff trained to mend people’s clothing. Please help us share this news with your fishing community who surely own gear in need of repair. We’ll be in booth X10 at the show.

By Chris Hunt.