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8 Oct

Titan Rod Vault

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  I was down in Island Park, Idaho at the Trout Hunter shooting Patagonia fly fishing Ambassador Millie Paini this fall for the upcoming Patagonia women's product line film. Seemed everyone on the Fork was using Titan Rod Vaults. I was fishing and filming with Bryan Gregson and used his for the week of shooting. At the end of that week I knew I had to have one. Today they came. Can't wait to try them out. Rod_Vault_Closed_full_length_from_Side_for_web
23 Apr

More Shocking News…

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Shannon Skelton, CFI Global Fisheries Management

  Literally. E-mail from my boy Shannon Skelton, Senior Fisheries & Aquatic Biologist / President of CFI Global Fisheries.  Shannon was shocking a stretch of one of CFI's recent rehabilitations last week. T, here are pics of a couple of the fish that decided to move into the newly enhanced habitat that we built on a 1.5 mile stretch of river last fall. This reach of river harbored just under 6 total lbs. of fish per acre before we conducted the habitat enhancement. Upon compiling the data after last week's electrofishing studies, this same reach totaled 31.6 lbs. per acre. This is completely due to natural recruitment, for we've never stocked fish in this project reach. Pictures may not be the best, but it shows you how happy these fish are in their rehabilitated environment This is EXACTLYwhy in late June I am headed down to Ft. Collins, CO to hang with Shannon and check out a spring creek restoration project his team is working on. More Later T>

Mr. Brown and Mr. Skelton

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.

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>  


For the last year and a half I've been trying to synch up my shooting schedule with a spring creek restoration effort. So I was stoked when Shannon Skelton, a senior fisheries biologist and president of CFI Global Fisheries Management invited me down to Colorado to take a look at some work CFI is about to do on a spring creek next summer. CFI is based in Ft. Collins, CO. and offers comprehensive fisheries management, but at it's core is dedicated to river restoration and stream enhancement.  Here's a little from CFI's website.

"CFI is on the forefront of fisheries enhancement and fishery consulting. Through biological and technological advancements, CFI has carved a niche to create, enhance, and restore first-class fisheries in the United States and the world. From river enhancements in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and New Mexico to stream creation in Argentina, CFI is a leader in freshwater fishery management."

and from Shannon Skelton on participating in Spring Creek:

"The preservation, enhancement and strategic stewardship of spring creek fisheries across the continent is an instrumental component to perpetuating and maintaining quality ecosystems and angling opportunities, and fostering management alliances with private ranchers and landowners is critical to the long-term sustainability of these precious resources. CFI Global is ecstatic to be working with Travis Lowe, and honored to be a part of the Spring Creek film."

I'm tremedously excited to work with Shannon and be afforded the opportunity to see some restoration work in the midst of it actually happening.  For more on Shannon and CFI hit up this article from the Denver Post.

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9 Jun

My Itinerary

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  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>  
5 Jun

James and the Giant Brown

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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

From Depuy's looking at Armstrong's - Photo James Anderson



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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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>