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28 Feb


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In between shooting for my documentary film Spring Creek: Rancher's Anglers, Water and Trout, I have taken to shooting numerous side projects or short films. Canvasfish is one of them. It’s hard to tell what came first for Derek DeYoung angling or art?  At the age of 6, Derek was declaring to friends and family that he wanted to be a famous artist.  Enamoured with angling from an early young age DeYoung’s favourite subject has always been fish. But by the time he left art school at the age of 23, DeYoung realized he needed to push his artwork in a new direction. In order to achieve his goal, he began to experiment with composition, taking the fish’s form away and removing the actually shape of the fish.  By zooming in extremely close on his subject, DeYoung’s objective was to portray trout in colour and pattern only. The result was the “Abstract Trout Face” series paintings. Derek’s contemporary vision and vibrant use of colour challenged the traditional, classic style of angling artwork and eventually received critical acclaim and success.  That success would lead to corporate collaborations with Abel and Simms that would make the DeYoung name into a brand. A consequence that he struggles with as he attempts to build a life around his love of painting and his passion for fly fishing. Canvasfish is intimate portrait of an artist and his work. It celebrates a small part of the culture of fly fishing while not attempting to document the pursuit of it. Filmed at DeYoung’s Livingston, Montana studio, Canvasfish chronicles DeYoung’s career as he paints his way through life, a fly rod in one hand and paint brush in the other.  
30 Jan

Back to BKK

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Wat Phra Kaew at night...........

As I write this post, plans are being made for my return to the Kingdom of  Thailand. Montana Fly Company president and founder Adam Trina is bringing me back to finish work on our film Thai One On: The River Ngao.  I can hardly wait, more Asian mayhem with the MFC boys.
29 Jan

Montana Fly Company

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Adam Trina, the President and founder of Montana Fly Company, talks about the company philosophy regarding and the importance of new fly design.

April Vokey and some BC Steel

  British Columbia is world reknowned  for it's phenomenal sports fisheries.  In fact, northern British Columbia has been labelled by many as "the last great stand of wild steelhead".  Without a doubt, the face of this fishery for the past little while has been Patagonia angling ambassador, April Vokey. As an avid steelhead angler and columnist for Fly Fusion magazine, Vokey has been dubbed BC's unique steelhead voice.  Praised for speaking her mind about anything and everything, April's latest article for Fly Fusion magazine draws attention to Shell's proposed coal bed methan gas development in BC's Sacred Headwaters, the birth place of the Nass, Skeena and the Stikine. Known as the "Sergenti of Canada" Sacred Headwaters is home to an abundance of wildlife, including caribou, stone sheep, grizzly bears and wolves.  Two years ago (2010) Sacred Headwaters shared top spot with the Kettle River for BC's Most Endangered River. In 2011, due to inadequate action adressing pressing environmental concerns on the Kettle River, BC's Sacred Headwaters was dropped to second spot with the Kettle River taking over sole position of the number one spot, on BC's Most Endangered River's list. A dubious honor, that has never happened before in the list's eighteen year history. April Vokey is passionate about  issues facing her beloved fisheries whether it's the Chilliwack River, the Thompson River or BC's Sacred Headwaters. SoI decided to contact her and see if she would be interested in finding out more about the situation facing the Kettle River and appearing in Spring Creek: Ranchers, Anglers, Water and Trout.  April  called my yesterday saying she is more than happy to take part, adding “The dilemma of the ranching industry’s involvement with trout-bearing streams is one that is almost always certain to cause a late night squall at the table.  Every year I see more fisheries throughout the USA & Canada that are affected by this debate, and I am increasingly astounded by what I am learning.I’m looking forward to being involved in the making of this educational piece by Travis Lowe and hope that I will finally be able to hear the truth from both “sides” before ultimately facing a decision, and then following my heart to make a difference.” More Later T>
15 Nov

MFC film in Thailand…

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YO! Buddha What Up?

 Adam Trina is president and founder of the  Montana Fly Company. MFC is a  manufacturer of high-quality flies, fly tying accessories and fishing gear and are the exclusive fly sponsor for my Spring Creek: Ranchers, Anglers Water and Trout film. Recently, Adam asked me to come to Thailand to do some filming and see how MFC brings in fly designers from their team of over 75 pattern developers, to teach their Thai employess how to tie (pardon the pun) MFC's latest killer patterns.  Since 1998 MFC has made many break-throughs in fly patterns and materials, they have an extremely large production capacity that consists of  two facilities in Chaing Mai and a third under way  in Cambodia. Adam tells me that the company is experiencing phenomenal growth right now, no doubt fueled by the new MFC Artist Series of fishing accessories featuring custom artwork by four outstanding artists: Bern Sundell, A.D. Maddox, Travis Sylvester and Josh Udesen. Each artist’s custom fish-inspired work is digitally coated to MFC fishing gear and accessories. The custom artwork gives a distinctive look to MFC fly boxes, reels, nippers, forceps, iPhone covers, iPad folders, travel mugs, hip flasks and water bottles. The MFC Artist Series accessory line became available in retail stores and online in the Fall 2011. “The fish culture is really captured by these four uniquely different and talented artists who have a deep love for fishing. They reflect that in their work,” says MFC President, Adam Trina. “The new product lines give more color and character to the gear we use every day in this activity we love.” MFC also recently won two "Best in Show" awards at the NOLA IFTD. The first award at IFTD was Best in Show for Best Gift item, the new iPad folder from MFC’s artist series, and the second was Best of Show Fly Boxes/Storage System– for the new MFC Boat Box. Personally I like the new MFC Boat Box pictured below, (Adam I definately need one of those, nudge nudge wink wink).

Killer new MFC Artist Series Boat Box

But it's the Thai Mahseer fishing that Adam is promising to show me that's got me stoked. MFC has the exclusive lease on two rivers in Thailand to guide only fly fishing from November through June each year. The one thing I'm not stoked about is the two day journey and accompanying jet lag.  What about flooding you ask? Trina promised me in his last e-mail, "don't worry none of the party spots have been affected and we're about to do our first Mahseer gudie trip today" So, I'm leaving for  for Bangkok in January. More Later T>  

More Eye Candy from Abel and DeYoung

Two friends of the Spring Creek film have collaborated again.  My friends and sponsors at Abel Reels have released a new reel from the "DeYoung" Signature Series line.  I've been lucky enough to spend time in Abel's Camarillo Calfornia headquarters and I have seen first hand the incredibly labour intensive work that goes into making an Abel as well as the painstaking hand painted work that goes into each and every DeYoung series reel.  Just check out the film I did for Abel on the front of their webpage.  This time Don and the great people at Abel have chosen one of Derek DeYoung's brown trout flanks to grace another of their reels.  Here's the presser from Abel's website: "Some of our most popular fish graphic representations come from the genius of Montana artist Derek DeYoung.  In particular, his stunning, imaginative portrayals of brown, brook, cutthroat, and rainbow trout on Abel Reels are coveted by both collectors and anglers who want to fish something “different.” Like all artists, Derek is compelled to find new ways to express himself.  He’s done countless representations of brownies, each another layer of his artistic onion. Derek’s latest – some say greatest – look at brown trout is now available on any size or model Abel Reel at an added surcharge of $200. Whether you plan on using the new DeYoung/Abel collaboration on the business end of a flyrod or displaying it on your mantle, it will be a joy forever." Right now I'm in the process of editing my digital short film featuring Derek DeYoung's artwork which was shot over a week that I spent with Derek in Livingston this past September. Derek had a prototype of the new reel at his studio and he let me have a look at it. It's pretty sweet. In fact you can see it in video in the post below, that shows a clip from the film that features many of the DeYoung Abel reels.  For more on Derek and his incredible artwork, hit him up at More Later T>    
9 Jun

Abel Reels

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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>
29 Apr

Costa Del Mar Sunglasses!

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Big Box O'Costas

  I just got a big box O' Costas from Costa Del Mar!!! Some pretty sweet shades. Way comfortable frames and super cool stylin'.  I'm loving the Gallo's and the Permit's myself. But I'm goin rock the big silver framed Corbina's with copper glass 580 Costa lenses.  Big shout out to Costa for sponsoring the film and giving featured anglers Costas! Personal thanks to Amanda Perryman, Conservation and Pro Rep. for Costa, who helped make this all happen.  Take a look at Costa's website for more info. You'll see that besides being committed to making the best polarized sunglasses for angling, Costa is also committed to conservation. Costa's mantra..."sunglasses that deliver the ultimate performance. A need to explore. A responsibility to protect the planet. These are the things we live for and the adventures that drive us." More Later T>
8 Apr

Patagonia visits Abel Reels

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Everything went fantastic down in So Cal. The shoot went off phenomenally, with everyone's help at Abel. Thanks to all for putting up with the camera! Wednesday a couple of important guests dropped by Abel to take the factory tour, meet up with yours truly and talk about what's up with the film. Bart Bonime, head of fly fishing for Patagonia and founding father of Patagonia and environmental icon, Yvon Chouinard dropped by Abel reels. Abel is actually just a couple of miles down the Ventura Highway from Patagonia. Both Bart and YC seemed pretty impressed by all the hand work that goes into Abel's manufacturing process. But it was Abel's new nippers that really seemed to catch YC's eye! Stay tuned for more news regarding Yvon Chouinard's involvement in Spring Creek: Ranchers, Anglers, Water and Trout. Pictured from the left, Abel Reels President and all around cool dude, Don Swanson... Abel's Chief Designer and V.P. Glen Krapff, Head of Fly Fishing and a mean BBQ artist Bart Bonime and of course the legend himself, YC. More Later T>
4 Apr

@ Abel Reels

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I can't believe I actually made it down to Abel Reels in Camarillo, California in one piece. Aside from Air Canada temporarily losing my camera jib crane in Vancouver at YVR, then making me sit in a small room and wait for 30 minutes as they looked for it and had customs clear it, it was a great flight down. I'm glad I got a shuttle from LAX, however the driver's skills were borderline roadrage. I'm just glad I was able to sit back and relax. I arrived at Abel Reels around 4:30pm this afternoon and was greeted by the president of Abel, Don Swanson. Don's the mastermind behind getting me down here to film and a great guy. In fact everyone at Abel is fantastic. Don gave me a quick tour of HQ and it's unbelievable the amount of hands on precision crafting that goes into every Abel Reel. After that I had the pleasure of having dinner with Glen Krapff Abel's chief designer, Jeff Patterson, head of sales and Don and his finance, Heather. Great food and company. Tuesday morning we'll get to work filming. More Later T>