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30 Jan

Spring Creek Icon…

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Author and Angler Mike Lawson

I'm extremely excited to announce that legendary spring creek angler and author, Mike Lawson has agreed to take part in Spring Creek: Ranchers, Anglers, Water and Trout.  Icons need no introductions and Mike is no exception, but if you've been living under a rock like a stonefly...here's his bio.  Mike has agreed to take me under his expert tutalege and teach me some secrets to spring creek angling success.  Mike is the author of the most comprehensive and definitive work about fishing spring creeks. Simply titled "Spring Creeks" it represents a lifetime's worth of knowledge dedicated to fly fishing spring creeks that took Lawson 12 years to produce.  Mike Lawson is what I classify as a  "serious get for the film" and I honored that he will take time out of a busy schedule to take part in the film. “Up to now I’ve never found any fly fishing situation I didn’t like or enjoy but fishing for trout on spring creeks is the pinnacle of it all. I’m very honored and excited at being invited to be a part of a film about fishing for trout on spring creeks. I am thrilled to help provide some insights to all who desire to learn more about this pleasant pursuit.”  says Lawson. Mike and I will shoot this coming season on his homewaters the venerable Henry's Fork. More Later T>
 

Photo Courtesy: Montana Sporting Journal

 When I'm locked in old man winter's icy grip, the only thing that can prevent a murderous case of  the shack nasties, is a good read. And, while slobbering drool and various bodily fluids all over glossy magazines is nothing new for me, escaping the "winter blues" with a great fly fishing magazine article, has become a time honored tradition. During this winter's research for Spring Creek: Ranchers, Anglers, Water and Trout, I discovered a great read in the  2010 Fall/Winter issue of Montana Sporting Journal, Big Sky Country's premier Hunting and Fishing magazine Penned by MSJ's own Will Jordan, author of Flyfisher's Guide to Arizona ,  "A Montana Spring Creek Tour" provides an intimate look "at some of the state's top spring creek fisheries".  A topic right up my creek, so to speak. Of course I contacted Will and MSJ right away and I'm happy to announce they've agreed to take part in the film.

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The Master himself.........

I love trout and by extension trout artwork. All art is subjective and so for me, Derek DeYoung is the best artist in the world at capturing the intrinsic beauty of trout on canvas. A beauty that is unrivaled in nature (unless by woman, ah....my wife made me add that...). Chances are you're familiar with DeYoung's work, you may (like me) even wear it on your body with one of the DeYoung Simms T-shirts. Perhaps you've seen Abel's incredible DeYoung Signature Series reels or maybe, just maybe, you're lucky enough to own a Derek DeYoung original painting.  Whatever the case, once you've seen DeYoung's work you'll agree, Derek's love of trout goes beyond the norm. His ability to capture the essence of a trout sets him apart from other artists of the genre. Naturally, I wanted to find out more about this talent and so when I discovered that Derek and his wife Janelle (also an artist) had set up shop in Livingston, only minutes away from the most famous spring creeks in Montana, I contacted him right away and asked if he would like to be a featured angler in Spring Creek: Ranchers, Anglers, Water and Trout. Derek graciously agreed. But the more we spoke  and the more I found out about his career, the more I realised that a small segment in the film just didn't seem to do his art or his story justice. And so I'm extremely happy to announce that Derek and I have agreed to produce a documentary short featuring "the man and his art". We're only in the pre-production phase of the project right now but plans are underway for a spring 2011 shoot at Derek's studios. Of course "all work and no play makes jack a dull boy" so we'll probably have to slip over to Armstrong's for a day of fishing an filming as well.    If you don't know Derek's work, you should. www.canvasfish.com   THE BIO:   Derek DeYoung is one of those artists that was born painting. By age six, he was declaring to his schoolmates and family that he would one day be a famous artist. Few people who knew him well ever doubted this prediction. His parents say he was a stubborn little kid, but that very stubbornness is what now gives him the strength to persevere the hardships that accompany the life of an artist.    “I’ve committed my life to being an artist, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. To be an artist is more then just painting a scene on canvas. An artist sees the world differently then most people. I am always seeking out the beauty in life and in the world, searching for that magical experience or vision that will inspire me to paint at a higher level. The act of pursuing trout and steelhead with a fly rod contains so many of these magical moments. For me the truly inspirational vision, both as an artist and as an angler, comes once I’ve landed a particularly beautiful fish. I hold it up, tilting the fish back and forth in the sunlight, allowing all the subtle colors and patterns to come alive.”   DeYoung’s work has veered off from the traditional fish illustration style. His paintings are very contemporary, placing more importance on using a unique style and palette rather than painting a fish to look photo realistic.   Now days it’s less important to Derek to become that “Famous Artist” he told everyone he would become. He’s just happy to have built his life around his two loves, painting and fly fishing.   More Later,   T>

Guardian of the World's Waterways, Mark Angelo

Mark Angelo will appear in Spring Creek: Ranchers, Anglers, Water and Trout to discuss the situation facing the Kettle River and why the Kettle tops the Outdoor Recreation Council's " Most Endangered River's List" in British Columbia. Mark is responsible for the ORC's yearly" Top 10 Most Endangered Rivers List" and writes a report ranking the province's endangered rivers. In early November, I'll be heading down to Vancouver to interview Mark at the British Columbia Institute of Technology where he's the program head of the Fish, Wildlife and Recreation Program as well as the head of the Rivers Institute. Check out Mark's Bio: Mark Angelo hails from Burnaby, British Columbia and is an internationally-celebrated river conservationist. He is the founder of both BC Rivers Day and World Rivers Day and heads the Fish, Wildlife and Recreation Program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. He has received the Order of British Columbia and the Order of Canada (his country's highest honour) in recognition of his river conservation efforts over the past four decades. Among his many other awards are the inaugural United Nations Stewardship Award and the National River Conservation Award. As an avid paddler, Mark has traveled along hundreds of rivers around the world. From 2003 to 2005, his acclaimed Riverworld program played to sold-out audiences across North America and the program's website had more than 40 million visits. In 2007, his follow-up program, Wild Water, Wild Earth, a sequel to Riverworld, enjoyed similar success. Mark continues to work on conservation issues, both across Canada and elsewhere in the world. He has written close to 300 articles and essays about his experiences and related conservation issues. He is a regular contributor to the Vancouver Sun and other newspaper travel sections and is the Deputy Chair of the Pacific Fisheries Resource Conservation Council. Mark also served as the first non-government provincial representative and Chair of the Canadian Heritage Rivers Board More Later, T>

Craig Matthews

  Craig Matthews is a tireless conservationist. He's also a busy man.  When I contacted him the other day about participating in the film, Craig responded to me right away "I am working on 3 other film projects next summer but will be able to break away for a day".  When I asked him to describe the spring creek angling experience, Craig quoted an old friend "Nick Lyons, once wrote that when I go forth to meet and fish a spring creek I always feel that the world and I are moments from being born."  Craig went on to say that "A spring creek reads like an open book, if you let it. And, listen to the creek, it will tell you what to do to be successful." It's sage advice like that, that compelled me to seek out Craig Matthews and involve him in the film. Craig's intricant fly patterns famous are amongst spring creek afficiandos, and form the back bone of his West Yellowstone fly shop, Blue Ribbon Flies.  A passionate spring creek angler, rumour has it that Craig married his high school sweetheart Jackie on the banks of  a spring creek.  Craig keeps a lease on O'Dell Creek at the Granger and Longhorn Ranches. I look forward spending a day with Craig next summer. Here is Craig's bio: Craig Mathews, former police chief of West Yellowstone, Mt, and Fly Rod and Reel’s Angler of the Year in 2005, is founder and owner of Blue Ribbon Flies and The Yellowstone Park Company, both in West Yellowstone, Mt.In 2001, with Yvon Chouinard, owner of Patagonia Inc, .he founded the 1% for the Planet, an alliance of businesses that contribute at least 1 percent of their annual revenues to groups on a list of researched and approved environmental organizations. This organization has over 1600 business members and has funded over $60 million in conservation and environmental programs.He has fished and studied the Golden Triangle for forty years. He is the author and co-author of 6 important fly fishing books: Western Fly-Fishing Strategies, Yellowstone Fly-Fishing Guide, Fishing Yellowstone Hatches, Fly Patterns of Yellowstone, Fly Fishing the Madison River, and Vol 2 of Fly Patterns of Yellowstone.He has narrated and produced four Telly Award winning DVDs on fly fishing; Fly Fishing Yellowstone Hatches, Fly Tying Yellowstone Hatches and Bone Fishing the Flats. His latest DVD, Fly Fishing the Madison River, was released in May, 2007.Craig, and his wife Jackie’s, Blue Ribbon Flies, has been awarded many conservation and environmental awards for helping preserve, protect and enhance western trout waters for future generations. Awards like the Greater Yellowstone Coalition’s Business Award, The Protector of Yellowstone Award from Yellowstone National Park, Trout Unlimited, The Madison River Foundation, and The Nature Conservancy’s business awards for Blue Ribbon Flies conservation work, The State of Montana award for their work to preserve The $3.00 Bridge area along the Madison River, and The Federation of Fly Fishers Conservation and Environmental Award for Blue Ribbon Flies work in the Yellowstone area, and many other honors. Craig’s philosophy of business is simple; when a business makes a living from a healthy environment such as clean water and air and healthy-wild trout populations that business must give back to continue that healthy business cycle; sort of like an earth tax. This is the reason his business gives back over 1% of its gross sales to conservation and environmental causes through the 1% for the Planet Club. This ensures that all future generations might fish and enjoy wild places, and wild fishes! Check out piece on Climate Change featuring Craig that aired on PBS:

Roma McCoy and Dave Keller

 

As the onset of winter slows filming on Spring Creek: Ranchers, Anglers, Water and Trout, I’m busy lining production for next summer. My plan is to get into the Paradise Valley and profile the “Big 3” but I’ll also be returning to a few locations to pick up some shots. One of those locations will be the phenomenal fishery at Circle 3 Ranch. The Circle 3 spring creek is home to some of the biggest Brown Trout I’ve ever seen and one day on location was just not enough. Not to mention the fact that Poncho McCoy (who manages the ranch) has invited me back, hopefully this time I can get him to pick up a rod for the camera. Poncho McCoy is recognized as pioneer in the spring creek angling/ranching field. Fifteen years ago Poncho began some unheard of ranching practices. Those, along with some extensive stream restoration work created the incredible fishery that exists at his former ranch McCoy Spring Creeks. New owner Cliff Inge has taken up where Poncho left off and the new McCoy Spring Creeks will be featured extensively in Spring Creek: Ranchers, Anglers, Water and Trout. Poncho's daughter Roma, was lucky enough to grow up on a spring creek and learned to cast a fly rod on some of the best waters in Montana.  She's pictured above with boyfriend Dave Keller (also an accomplished fly fisher) at the Circle 3 Ranch this summer.  The fat rainbow Roma is holding, fell to a hopper pattern and was taken above the pond, on the upper stretch of the Circle 3 spring creek.  Thanks to Poncho McCoy for the picture and his hospitality. More Later T>

Jim Klug and friend-photo Yellowdog

  "Montana is Fly Fishing and Fly Fishing is Montana" that's what Jim Klug told me during a brief interview in Ennis the other day. I met Jim at the Ennis "Tie One On" Fly Fishing Festival.  Jim is a fantastic guy, easy going and amiable.  During our short interview, he had great things to say regarding fly fishing in Montana and for that matter around the world. And it's no wonder considering what Jim does for a living, take a look at his Bio:    Jim is the Founder and Director of Operations for Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, L.L.C., Jim has worked in the fly fishing industry as a guide, sales rep, travel coordinator, and as past National Sales Manager for Scientific Anglers. He has guided extensively in Montana, Colorado, New Mexico and Oregon, and has fished throughout the world in more than 25 countries. With a particular love of saltwater flats fishing, Jim spends a lot of time in the Caribbean, Central and South America, working with Yellow Dog’s network of lodges and guides. Jim lives in Bozeman, Montana with his wife Hilary, daughter Carson, and son Finn. Jim is currently the Chairman of the American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA), and sits on the board of directors of Belize's Turneffe Atoll Trust and Montana's Big Sky Youth Empowerment Project. Aside from his work with Yellow Dog, Jim is the executive producer and writer for Confluence Films, a small film company that created the films DRIFT (2008) and RISE (2009). Confluence is currently at work on a new film, scheduled for release in fall 2011.    After getting home to BC the other day I looked at the interview that I shot with Jim and immediately contacted him about further participation in the film. I'm happy to say that Jim Klug and Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Adventures have agreed to take part in the film. Next summer while in Bozeman,  I'll visit the Yellow Dog offices and spend a day on stream with Jim.  Thanks to Jim for taking the time at the festival to speak with me and I'm really looking forward to shooting with him next summer.    More Later    T> 

2 Sep

Morning at McCoy`s

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Mike Gettleman getting sneaky at McCoy Spring Creeks

  Before I headed over to the Circle 3 Ranch to hook up with David Thompson and Poncho McCoy (former owner of McCoy Spring Creeks), I decided to say good bye to my good friend Steve Bielenberg, fishing manager at McCoy Spring Creeks. Steve wanted me to talk with Mike Gettleman, a self confessed spring creek junkie. Mike is a great angler and a good customer of many of the Montana spring creeks. Mike had booked McCoy`s for the day and had the ranch all to himself. I spent a couple of hours following Mike around during the blustery morning. Mike`s a head hunter and loves the challenge of a rising fish. It was early and cold and nothing was really happening so Mike and I agreed to meet up next year and shoot for the film. Mike tells me that he`s recently become addicted to Silver Creek so maybe I`ll get him to introduce me to Silver Creek.  More Later  T.

Steve Summerhill...photo courtesy Dale Spartas

Shooting at McCoy Spring Creeks  next week could preset some minor problems. I'll be shooting with McCoy Fishing Manager and larger than life, spring creek guru  Steve "Saftey First" Bielenberg and his guest Steve Summerhill from The River's Edge Fly Shop.   With these two guys on stream, the fish at McCoy's should be nervous. I should be able fill my waders for the "fish porn" category of the film! When the fishing does finally end, the real fun will begin when Steve B. starts the BBQ and I crank open few wines from Mission Hill.  Tuesday won't be the only shoot with Steve Summerhill on Friday I plan to visit The River's Edge and get tuned into just how important fly fishing is to the fabric of Montana. Maybe I can even drag him over to Milesnick's for the evening rise. Here's a bio on Steve Summerhill:

Steve Summerhill  has enjoyed the sport of fly fishing for over 30 years in Alaska, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, and in many different Salt water destinations. Having guided since 1991, he has a good understanding of what it takes to be a successful guide in an ever growing business. Steve has a Bachelor of Science degree from Montana State University and now lives in Bozeman, Montana with his wife and three children. He bagan his guiding career as an Orvis endorsed guide out of Ennis, Montana and is now the outfitter and co-owner of The River's Edge Fly Shop in Bozeman, Montana.

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24 Aug

The Running of the Bulls

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A big Bull from..... oh yeah I forgot where from

It's time to get out the BULLSHIT and head on out to the Canadian Rockies for "The Running of the Bulls". Every year thousands of trophy size Bulls make their spawning migration into various tributaries of the Elk River and the Kootenay River. Many of these Bulls are residents of Lake Koocanusa, the impoundment behind the Libby Reservoir of the Kootenay or Kootenai River (depending on what side of the border you're on). Those Bulls from the resevoir are incredibly huge, having gorged themselves silly on a diet of Kokanee. This year RA Beattie and myself were set to spend a week filming Bulls and enticing them on dry flies. Unfortunately RA couldn't make it and we had to pull the plug on the project until next year. Bull Trout fishing in B.C. is legal unlike in the states where the species is threatened, blue listed or endangered. It's feast or famine most of the time with Bulls, they're either in the taking mood (early morning) or have lock jaw (most of the day). Everyone has their own secret methods for success, blah,blah, blah, whatever, sinking line, floating line, nymph, streamers, eggs, small cutthroats.... or little kids... to each their own. What's not a secret, at least anymore... is where to target these monsters. By now everyone's probably read at least one article extolling the virtues of the town of Fernie and the Elk River. And everyone of those articles includes a little something on the Bull Trout fishing in the area and specifically one river. A river that usually sends mere mortals home with their tails between their legs after looking down into the 1000 ft. forested roadside canyon. Maybe you've read Geriach's Grizzly Central or Thomas's Bushwacking Bull Trout in BC.  It used to be this river was revered only by locals in hushed whispers at the gas station. At sort of last vestiage of locals only fishing and rather polite F You to travellers looking for the Bull Trout Bonaza. Not anymore. Every access is filled with SUV's from Alberta to Alabama. That's cool. Who fish's access points? I say grow a pair. The absolutely stellar Bull Trout fishing isn't in the canyon anyway, that's where all the anglers are. You want CRAZY BULLS head up to the upper section of the river. That is IF your ride can handle it. Besides the washed out 4X4 road, the horse outfitter who allegedly sprinkles drywall nails on it, and a day's worth of chainsawing blowdown it's definately worth the effort. Be forewarned though, once you get there.... it's the URSUS HORRIBILIS that may ruin your day. Oh yeah that's right the no self respecting Grizzly would be caught dead down in that canyon. I've fished 10 years down there and never seen ONE sign of a Grizz or a Black bear. Up in the upper portion of the river though, whole different ball game. It's wide and flat and open and the river is braided and skinny. It's easy picking for Grizzlies up there, just remember your bells and bear spray.....cause Grizzlies like it when a spicey meal rings the dinner bell for them...... NO BALLS NO BULLS. Here's two clips from last year shot on my crappy Optio W20... we landed the fish but the battery died on the camera... ergo no hero shots.... BOO! I know, I know, get a net right! Nets are for SISSIES and smart people. Maybe next time and maybe I won't be fishing a 4wt. with 4x tippet. More Later T>