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28 Mar

Shocking Hog Johnson….

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Confluence Consulting's Jim Lovell

I just got an e-mail from Jim Lovell, who has been doing some shocking on Darlinton Spring Creek. Jim is the president of Confluence Consulting. Jim's restoration work at Darlington is featured in Spring Creek.  Last month Jim shocked these browns in Darlinton Spring Creek on the stretch he helping restore.  These are most likely Madsion River browns using Darlington to spawn. It just goes to show spring creeks are literally trout factories and private restoration work benefits everyone. Nice browns Jim, but I really like the hi viz orange rubber number.

Hog Johnson!


Bill Kemph at Circle 3 Spring Creek... Photo David Thompson

If there's one set of keys that I wouldn't borrowing to make a couple of copies of ... they belong to Guide/Outfitter Bill Kemph. That's because Kemph has private access to some of the best spring creek ranchs in the Dillon area. Places like Circle 3 Spring Creek, McCoy Spring Creeks and a new one in the works the "Open A Ranch".  Bill is recognized as one of the local spring creek guru's, so I'm happy to announce that Bill has agreed to appear in Spring Creek: Ranchers, Anglers, Water and Trout. Bill will introduce me to the Van Deren family, with whom he is working with as they plan a major spring creek restoration on their "Open A" Ranch. Bill, along with business partner Greg Lilly, owns Lilly& Kemph Outfitting and the incredible Healing Waters Lodge in Twin Bridges, Montana.  Check out Bill's bio:

Bill Kemph is a native Montanan who grew up fishing and hunting the rivers and forests of SW Montana. Following graduation with a degree in education from the University of Montana at Western, Bill decided that he wanted to build a career as a guide and outfitter. Bill has guided both fishermen and hunters in Montana for the last 20 years. He operates his own hunting outfitting business out of the town of Dillon. Bill is a patient and effective teacher of fly fishing and recognized as one of the most knowledgeable guides of SW Montana. He is a superb angler, skilled in all phases of the sport of fly fishing, an accomplished tier and a wonderful streamside companion.

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14 Mar

Patagonia in Kelowna

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Patagonia's BC rep. Ross Mailloux dropped by Trout Waters Fly and Tackle in Kelowna this weekend. Ross was here to unveil the new Patagonia S11 product, check out the Cutthroat Pale Ale Fly Fishing Film Festival and bring Spring Creek some new S11 gear for the film. If you haven't already check Patagonia's new digital catalogue on line, tons of great multi media content and you can surf away of few hours of work day dreaming.  The new line of fly fishing gear is killer. My favourite feature is found in the waders... "The most advanced version of our innovative internal suspension system allows easy conversion to waist height and - this is critical - quick relief without having to remove your jacket or fight sticky zippers". A great system for quick relief without a zipper. Brillant! While Ross was here, we whipped up a little impromptu video. Unfortunately I think I need a new wireless microphone! More Later T More
13 Mar

Martin Kratky plays Bach…

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I've had the pleasure of meeting a lot of great anglers in the last little while. A few of whom are stellar musicians (among other things!) one of those is Martin Kratky. I'm honored to have Martin's cello work on the soundtrack of Spring Creek.  Today Martin warmed up for his evening concert by stopping by the Centre for Arts and Technology and dropping a little Bach down. Big shout out to Sean Perdue who recorded the session and whose group "Almost a Few" will appear on the Spring Creek soundtrack as well.  In the clip above Martin was practicing the piece getting ready to record, I just left the camera on floor rolling. The final mix is still being mastered by Sean, so this will have to do for now.  Thanks to Martin and Sean for their work today. Check out Martin's bio below... this boy has got the mad cello skills. "Praised as an "expressive and profound" cellist and "versatile musician". Martin Kratky is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, holding Bachelor's and Master's degrees in cello performance and early music. He completed two residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts, and has participated in the SOCMI, Aria, and Soundfest chamber music festivals. From 2004-2006, Martin served as principal cellist of the Saskatoon Symphony, making his concerto debut with a CBC recording of the Beethoven Triple Concerto.  Dedicated to teaching, he has continuosly maintained a studio of several private students. During 2006-2007, he assisted baroque violinist Stanley Ritchie as cellist and continuo player for PhD students at Indiana University's school of music. Now he serves as principal cellist of the Kamloops Symphony, and teaches on faculty at the Kelowna Community Music School and the Penticton Academy of Music." More Later T>

Part two of my interview with Quinn Grover is available for your viewing and reading pleasure on Quinn's blog "In the Back Eddy". Thanks to Quinn for letting me wax poetic about the film project. More Later T>
6 Mar

Going to California…

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Spring Creek, is going on the road. Don Swanson, the president of Abel Reels, has invited me down to California to film how Abel hand paints their Derek DeYoung Signature Series reels. Abel supports numerous conservation efforts and the Spring Creek film is just one of them. Don Swanson and Abel Reels have been behind the Spring Creek project from the start and Abel is the "Official" reel sponsor to the film. Derek DeYoung is a well know outdoors artist living in Livingston, Montana who will be featured in Spring Creek: Ranchers, Anglers, Water and Trout at Armstrong's Spring Creek. This summer Derek and I plan to shoot a segment for Spring Creek and a short film on Derek himself in and around Livingston. But before that on April 4th, I'll be flying down to LAX and then driving to company headquarters in Camarillo, California to shoot for a week. Of course I'm trememdously excited to tour the Abel Automatics facility.  I'm really looking forward to working with Don and the people at Abel. I'd like to personally thank Don for this tremendous opportunity. More Later T>
6 Mar

In the Back Eddy…..

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  This week I made a guest appearance on Quinn Grover's In the Back Eddy blog. Quinn and I follow each other on Twitter. Last week,  Quinn PM'd me asking if would mind being interviewed about the Spring Creek project for In the Back Eddy. Since I am usually the one asking the questions I thought it would be a refreshing change of pace to sit back and answer them. Check out the first installment of the interview here. Quinn tells me the second part will be put up this week. More Later T>