James Anderson, Livingston's very own home boy, gettin' after it on the upper section of Armstrong's Spring Creek. Keep your gear neatly stowed away when with James otherwise he will "forget" in the grass on you at every chance!!! "Ah James do have my streamer box?" James, " I think I left back at the last hole, sorry" "James, where's the net?" James, "ah I think's back at the last bend"Stay tuned for lots more with James Anderson for the film.
Last Friday was a blue bird day on the Kettle for myself and good friend Pete Caron. With flows running around 200cfs we spend the day on a 5km walk and wade. Everything clicked. Fish were in all the typical holding lies for fall and some where in great shape after summer of feeding. For the first time on the Kettle this summer I didn't run into anyone illegally fishing, in fact we saw no other anglers. We did run into a couple of guys building a tree blind and just downstream there was a fresh blook kill trail right along the river, but that's fishing during hunting season. I didn't bother to bring along a real camera, opting instead for the Go Pro, just in case. This was probably a huge factor in having such a banner day on stream. The flying ant hatch was on the menu but a well placed hopper with a little action was the real ticket. Check out the video below that Pete shot of me landing on the day's many rainbows. I love the Go Pro with the Eye of Mine housing, underwater focus is no longer an issue. Audio from these cameras sucks, so it has been stripped from the clip.
The delicate and chewy texture of these hand-harvested gonads have been flavor enhanced with a spicy hot sauce. Use as a side or main dish. A gourment product. Testicle size and color may vary. Trout organs used are farm bred at hatcheries.
Jim Klug and I first met last September at the Ennis Fly Fishing Festival. Jim was promoting his business Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Adventures and I was looking to interview anyone who would talk to me about economic importance of fly fishing to the state of Montana. Jim ever amiable, graciously agreed. As soon as Jim started to speak I realized that I would have to come back and spend a day or two with Jim to really glean what he had to say regarding Montana and fly fishing. The first words out of his mouth during that interview were "Fly fishing is Montana and Montana is Fly fishing, the two are synonymous." I couldn't have agreed more. I knew then that a quick interview at the Ennis festival wasn't exactly going to do what Jim had to offer, justice. So I made plans to return to Montana and spend some time with Jim at Yellow Dog and out on the water. What I didn't know at the time we talked was Klug's extensive background in the fly fishing industry, his CV is impressive to say the least. Check out Jim's bio here. After numerous e-mails and a few phone calls I was able to nail Jim down to date and just finished up a day's shoot with him this past Friday in Bozeman. Jim was grounded for fly fishing travel due to the recent birth of his third child, Waylon and was also waiting to deliver another third child of sorts, Confluence Film's latest "Connect". Besides being director of operations at Yellow Dog and AFFTA chairman, Jim is also half of Confluence Films. His partner in Confluence is long time Warren Miller Cinematographer Chris Patterson. Together Chris and Jim have brought us Drift and Rise and now Connect. Check out the trailer below for Connect. While I was in Bozeman Jim was preparing to drop the film on a VIP audience at a invitational premiere in Bozeman, Octobober 7th. Jim managed to clear off an entire day for Spring Creek shooting and we hit the Gallatin and Milesnick's spring creek. My thanks goes to the gang at Yellow Dog (to Brita, sorry for letting Auggie out!) and to Mary Kay Milesnick for getting us on the creek and of course to Jim Klug for his time. Jim makes a fantastic addition to a great line up of anglers already in Spring Creek: Ranchers, Anglers, Water and Trout.
If you live in Montana it's a law that you have to have a good fishing dog, especially if you're a guide. I've met some great ones along the way. But Jep (still a pup) is well on his way to being one of the best. He handles fish gently and has great taste in rods and reels.
Derek DeYoung looking for subjects.... Photo James Anderson
Deyoung with the hot hand Photo James Anderson
What a day! James Anderson, Derek DeYoung and I topped up the tank.... FULL OF FISH PORN for the film. We hit a number of great spots and DeYoung was on FIRE. I've spent the majority of the last week shooting Canvasfish an upcoming short featuring Derek DeYoung and his incredible fish art. The majority of the film has been shot at Derek's studio and gallery here in Livingston. But we did manage to float the Yellowstone and few other unmentionable hot spots. I have been sworn to secrecy! In other words NO HORIZON shots. Hopefully the film will be part of next year's 3FT. Since I lost almost an entire season of shooting for my feature documentary Spring Creek this summer, the film's premiere will be delayed until 2013.
Rolled into Missoula yesterday to interview Fly Rod and Reel's Editor and Angler's Tonic owner Greg Thomas. I was an hour late for the interview (sorry Greg) I figure we are even as he was unable to make the interview I had set up with him. I wanted to get Greg's perspective on the importance of fly fishing to Montana. What I found out was that sometimes he experiences the same sense of nihilstic frustration about environmental issues facing the pursuit of fly fishing that I do. Thanks to Dan at the Grizzly Hackle for letting me shoot there. Unfortunately working fly shops absolutely suck for loud background noise.