Archive for June, 2011
Had an incredible flight over Dillon and McCoy Spring Creeks thanks to Cliff Inge and Dennis at the Dillon Air Service. Dennis and I waited till the golden hour before taking off. I was looking for the right light and we found it. I actually took my GoPro HD camera with the suction cup mounted and stuck it to the wing of Dennis' Cessna. It stayed put even at 180mph. There is a ton of spring water in that valley and it's incredible to see it all from the air. Look for some of that footage to be posted on McCoy's website as well and footage shot from to other cameras in the plane to be featured in the film.
Thanks to Craig Matthews and Yvon Chouinard for two great days of filming at the O'Dell Creek Ranch in the Madison Valley. Both Craig and Yvon got into several good fish over the two day shoot. Special thanks to Jeff Laszlo for letting us film at the ranch. I spoked with both Craig and Yvon about conservation and environmentalism for the film and really appreciate both of these fine anglers taking time to be part of the film.
Don Swanson and the great folks at Abel Reels have been behind the Spring Creek film project since the beginning! So when Don asked me to produce a corporate film for Abel Reels, I jumped at the opportunity to be involved with such a great company. Two months and countless hours of post production later, here's a first look at the Abel Reels production. Be sure the watch in HD be selecting 720P in the bottom right drop down menu. Enjoy! More Later T>
Craig Matthews of Blue Ribbon Flies , one of the Yellowstone areas most celebrated anglers and of course iconic environmentalist and founder of Patagonia, Yvon Chouinard. Both Craig and Yvon formed 1% For the Planet. We'll be fishing O'Dell Creek on the Granger Ranch thanks to award winning land steward, Jeff Laszlo whom I shot with last year. Tuedsay June 14th, Bill Kemph of Lilly and Kemph Outfitters and part of owner of Healing Waters Lodge is taking me to meet the Van Deren family. The Van Deren's own the Open A Ranch just outside of Dillon and have plans to restore their section of Albers Sloug a wonderful spring creek which is actually just downstream from McCoy Spring Creeks. Wednesday I'll visiting with Tim Murphy, from Hall and Hall at the Beaverhead Spring Creek Ranch, this place promised to be as close to heaven as yours truly will ever get! Tim is bringing along his good friend, acclaimed novelist and angler, Tom McGuane. Thursday June 16th, it's off to Idaho for three days to study under the tutelage of "the" spring creek guru himself, Mike Lawson. Mike owns the Henry's Fork Angler and has written the bible of spring creek fishing simply entitled Spring Creeks. Mike and will be hitting the Harriman Park just after opening day and the water is going to be HIGH! After that I'm back into Montana and home of RL Winston, Twin Bridges. I'm trying to work in meeting up with Erik Kalsta just outside of Glen, Montana. Erik has just recently completed a lengthy restoration to Kalsta spring creek a tributary to the Big Hole and has invited me to his ranch to see how the work has progressed. Next up is Hollywood filmmaker and Winston owner, David Ondaatje. David is going to show me a spring creek tributary to the Ruby and then the following day we are trying to hook up with Bill Kemph to return to Circle 3 Spring Creek, the home of the biggeest browns I have ever seen. After that I am taking a day off to fish with my good friend Steve "Holy Moly Mama" Bielenberg at McCoy Spring Creeks, no camera. Nothing but fishing and I will taking first crack at all the fish until somebody takes me down. The post game meal for that day is being held at Healing Waters Lodge and it promises to be the best of the trip! After that I am back to Idaho to meet with B2. Brian Bennett of Moldy Chum fame and fly fishing sales manager for Patagonia. B2 and I are going to sack Silver Creek and the brown drake hatch. Lots of drinking thrown in for good measure there. That will about do me right in so I will crawl back to Canada and await my next foray into Big Sky country in September. More Later T>
James Anderson's angling heritage is undeniable. He grew up fishing the famous spring creeks of Montana's Paradise Valley and guides out of his Dad's shop, George Anderson's Yellowstone Angler. So when I was looking for someone to show me around the Livinston area, Anderson's name kept coming up and so did this picture of him with the one of the biggest Yellowstone brown trout anybody has ever seen. I'm pretty excited that James has agreed to let me tag along to a few of his favorite spring creek haunts this September. James is also threatening to "bring the old man along"! James says " Growing up next to three of the world's finest spring creeks was pure luck. I was born into a fly fishing family and as early as I can remember my father was taking me out to the creeks. Now a days I try not to bother the ranchers too often, but they let me out there from time to time. The creeks are definitely some of the most gorgeous places an angler can wet a line. They are home some of the most beautiful trout you'll ever find. Due to the difficulty of the creeks, each and every fish is a trophy. Sometimes people get psyched out of fishing the creeks, which is a shame because even if they just went for a walk out there their Montana trip would be enhanced. If I'm ever reincarnated as trout, no doubt the creeks are where I'd swim... " Couldn't agree with you more on that last line, James.In addition to being an accomplished angler, James is a great fly fishing photographer. Check out his work here. More Later T
www.tommcguane.com More Later T>"If you fish, there's an implied responsibility to care for the environment." Words of wisdom from one of America's most acclaimed literary figures, Fly Rod and Reel's Angler of the Year for 2010 and Nick Lyon's Angler of the Last 100 years. I honored that Mr. McGuane will join Tim Murphy for a day of fishing on the Beaverhead Spring Creek Ranch on June 15th, for the film. For those of you who don't know about arguably the best angling writer in history,