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28 Feb

Hazardous Jams…

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I've been going heavy on organizing the soundtrack music for Spring Creek lately. Torin Rodd of SOTS sent me 3 cd's and DVD two months ago. I was beggining to wonder where the hell they were.  I guess Canada Customs had to quarantine them for awhile. When I contacted Torin to tell him about this he told me he wasn't surprised "those jams are hazardous, be careful" he said. I guess Canada Customs finally saw fit to realease them from quarantine and cause I got them today? I'm looking forward to chilling with a beer puttin on my HAZ MAT suit and watching Spirit of the Stairs' DVD "Wichita Sessions". Checkout "Colemanation" from the "Wichata Sessions" below. It's pretty easy to see how SOTS sans lyric music will translate into the film. "Colemanation"will definately be featured as part of the Spring Creek soundtrack.

A gaggle of Fisknat guide nets

I got a call from the front desk at my work place Tuesday, to let me know a package had arrived for me. I was at the front desk before the recetionist had hung up the phone on me. I knew that a box of beautiful hand made Fisknat landing nets had arrived for me from Tacoma, Washington and I was anxious to get my hands on them. Fisknat's are incredible. So much so that I have installed a bit of temporary art installation of Fisknat in front room of my house. Feel free to swing by and check out the nets anytime, make it quick though as I don't think I will be allowed to leave  the "installation" up much longer. Those of you with spouse's will know exactly what I am talking about. Thanks to Bob Nelson and Fisknat in Washington for supporting the Spring Creek project and becoming a sponsor. Look for Fisknat landing nets in the film. More Later T>
I've said it before, Abel Reels are artwork. The custom finish Abel Reels are treasures. Check out this timelapse photograph video of an Abel "Tribal" Reel being hand painted at Abel headquarters in Camarillo, California. The video was sent to me the other week by Abel President Don Swanson and I believe was painstakingly produced by Scott Cherry. From the Abel Website: Jon Osiris, a Seattle-based artist, has created Pacific Northwest Native American-style fish images that are now being replicated on Abel reels. The images are reminiscent of tribal totem and tattoo art seen throughout Washington, British Columbia and Alaska. Osiris, who grew up camping and fishing in the Pacific Northwest, became “keenly interested in local tribal cultures and beliefs; this interest has grown to encompass the mythology, mysticism and collective knowledge of indigenous peoples worldwide.” “The latest artistic rendering on Abel reels is primarily aimed at models used for steelhead, salmon, Alaska-size trout and Arctic char,” said Don R. Swanson, company president. Osiris’ Native American fish images are representative of the artistic traditions of the Indians in the area. “This tradition is flourishing with younger artists both following and reinterpreting the traditions of the older culture and responding to the newer forces of their present life,” he said. His interpretations on Abel reels are based on the region’s salmon. According to Tsimshian legend, salmon were originally salmon people living in five villages. These five species of salmon represented the villages — Iyai (spring salmon), Mesaw (sockeye), Werh (coho), Stemawn (pink), and Qanees (dog or chum salmon). In early spring, they changed into their fish form and started on their journey, but each group at different times. Salmon was a major food source for all the Northwest Coast peoples, and therefore a major part of their cultures. Native fish images by Osiris may be added to any Abel reel. More Later, T>  
22 Feb

More from McCoy….

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Hot Creek Ranch
Dave McCoy is down in California on "business" right now. As the owner of Emerald Water Anglers in Seattle, business for Dave, is fishing.  McCoy is actually shooting some "b" roll footage for the film while he's at Hot Creek Ranch, (see the post below). Apparently the fish were rising today.  It just goes to show that spring creeks are incredible winter fisheries.
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20 Feb

Messages from McCoy…

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Julie Rainville contemplates a cold day on Hot Creek... Dave McCoy Photo

Emerald Water Anglers owner, head guide and Skate the Fly TV co-host, Dave McCoy is rolling some "B" camera footage from his Canon 5D Mark II for Spring Creek: Ranchers, Anglers, Water and Trout. McCoy's at Hot Creek Ranch over the next few days and sent me these RAW shots.  Hot Creek is an amazing spring creek fishery, winding through 300 acres of grounds that comprise the Hot Creek Ranch, located in the eastern sierra of California. 11 springs that feed Hot Creek maintain consistent temperature and ensure optimum conditions for trout growth. Here's Dave's dispatch from Cali: "Here are a couple of non adjusted shots.  Julie Rainville in the one image shot right before dusk, FREEZING ASS COLD!!  I would fall in Rocky Ford again any day...We will shoot the video at sunrise here on Tuesday, I better get paid for this shit too Lowe! Big thanks to Dave for helping out Spring Creek. Check the film to see if McCoy's footage makes the grade or the cutting room floor! More Later T>

Hot Creek... "looking California but feelling Minnesota..." Dave McCoy Photo



Patagonia is known world wide for their commitment to the environment hence their "Committed to the Cause" ethos , so I'm extremely honored to announce that Patagonia has become the latest sponsor for Spring Creek: Ranchers, Anglers, Water and Trout. Patagonia is one of the very few fly fishing companies that  "talks the talk and walks the walk" when it comes to conservation.  You don't have to look any further than "1% For the Planet" to realize this. "Since 1985, Patagonia has pledged 1% of sales to the preservation and restoration of the natural environment. We've awarded over $40 million in cash and in-kind donations to domestic and international grassroots environmental groups making a difference in their local communities. In 2002, founder of Patagonia, Yvon Chouinard, and Craig Mathews, owner of Blue Ribbon Flies, created a non-profit corporation to encourage other businesses to do the same." Patagonia is launching a new 60 piece fly fishing collection for Spring 2011, including the new Rio Gallegos wader, the Gunnison Gorge wading pant, Stealth hip and chest packs and the Rock Grip boot. See the post below for more info!

 I'd like to thank all the people at Patagonia who have showed their support for the Spring Creek project, starting with Ross Mailloux, Bill Klyn, Brian Bennett and Bart Bonime. I look forward to working with all of you during the project. I encourage all anglers, next time you buy a piece for fly fishing gear ask "what exactly is this company doing to help the environment". I think you will be surprised by the answer. I know I was.

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Check out Patagonia Northwest Fly Fishing Sales Rep. Jon Covich explain the features of some of Patagonia's new product for Spring 2011.
15 Feb

Abel Reels works of Art…

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Custom Finish Abel Reels

From moment one, Don Swanson and great folks at Abel Reels have been behind the Spring Creek film project. I have to say Abel Reels is sponsor I am very proud to have on board. Yesterday, Spring Creek received its first batch of Abel Reels for the film. After opening the boxes and viewing the reels I was left pretty much speechless. To say these reels are "in a class all by themselves" is a bit of an understatement.  Custom finish Abel Reels are simply works of art. From the Jon Osiris "Tribal Reel" (top right) to the unparalleled beauty of the Derek DeYoung Signature Series (the 3 trout faces) to 2011 Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout reels, each is a priceless treasure. I can hardly wait to line up these reels with the newest Scientific Anglers lines, string up a few Winston's and get them on film. Although they're such fine works of art,  I'm almost afraid to use them. Oh well they were made to be fished. I guess we'll have to do that. Stayed tuned for more great news regarding Abel Reels and Spring Creek as we're just ironing out a few details. More Later T>
13 Feb

Photo Gallery

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Took some time today to launch the Photo Gallery page of the website. 33 images and more to come. Take a look. More Later T>
13 Feb

Follow me @springcreekfilm

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Everyone who knows me, knows that I abhor social media, especially Facebook.  Abstinence has been my social meadia credo until I started making the feature documentary film, Spring Creek:Ranchers, Anglers, Water and Trout.  At that point I realized that in order to garner some attention for my project I would have to a) have a website... b) I was probably going to have to blog.  So I bit the bullet and called in favour from a web design friend, Stephen Hayes McCoy and was born. Ever since, I have been blogging through 7 months or so of production on my film. But recently my attitude towards social media changed (at least a little) after attending a "Social Media" seminar by Jive Communications. So I have decided to start a twitter account to post information about the film.  Hopefully I can reach the 2.4% anglers currently using Twitter as social media according to a recent survey by Southwick Associates!!!! More Later T>