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Archive for June 9th, 2011

9 Jun

Abel Reels

Author: Travis 0 comments
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>
9 Jun

My Itinerary

Author: Travis 0 comments

  Saturday is the start of two weeks of straight shooting for Spring Creek. Here's the itinerary so I can check back periodically and figure out where the hell I am supposed to be each day.  Sunday and Monday June 12th and 13th I am shooting with 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>