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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Urban Lines | Fish Where You Are | Fly Fishing Film Tour

For new social media followers and for those who have not seen the trailer yet, here it is.

I have to thank Nick and Kami Swingle (Wideangle Fishing & TwoFisted Heart Productions) and Jereme Thaxton (Freestone Entertainment). I worked with the film crew throughout the summer and into the fall. We shot on my boat, shot on land, and shot wading. It was loads of fun and I hope there is going to be a sequel.

If there is one thing I learned from all of this, FISH DO NOT LIKE CAMERAS.

This is the teaser for the Fly Fishing Film Tour. I can't wait to see the full length feature.

Here is the synopsis of the movie:

"TwoFisted Heart Productions and Freestone Entertainment have partnered to create a film on the tidal Potomac River that counters common stigmas and stereotypes of fly fishing. Four fly fishermen in Washington, D.C. demonstrate that fly fishing is more than an individual pursuit of the catch, more than once-a-year out West or once-in-a-lifetime trips to exotic locations abroad. In an unlikely setting of concrete vistas, population density and traffic nightmares, the Potomac River proves that adventure and epic fishing are available to everyone on a daily basis. D.C. fly fishermen have embraced that concept through an online community that provides a 21st century, Web 2.0 take on passionately protecting our water resources for the future and connecting with the people around us. It’s about thinking globally and fishing locally."

Urban Lines - Fish Where You Are from The Fly Fishing Film Tour on Vimeo.


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

2012 Ohio Steelhead Alley | Roast Beef Buz

Not to much to report from my Xmas-New Years trip to Ohio. First steelhead trip of the year was ruined by a hurricane. This time I had a blizzard to deal with.


"100% of the fish are in 10% of the water"

Here is the road through Maryland. I love the big gap in the rocks. Always enjoy looking at the rock stratification.


 A plow. Maybe bad weather is ahead? I did see a big storm on radar.
 Fo sure. I quickly realize my wife's car is not meant for inclement weather.
 Hey look, its the site of the re-construction of Noah's Ark in Frostburg, Md. As long as I've been on this road I've never seen any progress. I pulled over to clean the windshield from snow and to try and find some RainX wiper fluid.
 Cars facing the wrong direction on the highway.
 Welcome to WVa
 Don't stop in these stores, they are a waste of time, so I've been told ;)
 Another state. I was a good boy and didn't stop at Sheetz for a bucket of friez or a sandwich. This is my normal routine on a fishing trip. Did this screw me?
 Back into WVa and a quick stop at Cabelas. They kicked dr jones out of the store.
 This is what I think of the car in the snow. I had a major swerving incident in the mountains. If I had cars to the left or right of me it would have been bad. Lots of swerving.
 C'bus Ohio weather forecast.
 So I decide to drive in the blizzard. I quickly learn they don't really clean the roads that well in Ohio.
 Getting on the interstate in C'bus. I arrived to the fly shop at 5pm. Not 1:50. It was a suck ass ride. I was white knuckle all the way. It was a good experience though and I love the snow. We don't get much snow in DC anymore. Its January 9 and 60 degrees today.
 On the way to Cleveland. The roads were not plowed at all.
 I had to follow the tracks of trucks to prevent swerving.

 Duh.

 No one behind me, no one in front of me, no one on the other side. For a moment I thought the road was shut down.
 That truck is backwards.

 Chagrin River Outfitters.
 My hotel. First time I've gotten a hotel for an overnight fishing trip. I'm getting soft.
 Hotel burger was good.
 Free cookies !
 Some podcasting and then an early night to sleep.
 Willoughby, Ohio
 First tracks.
 Very scenic.
 NO fish in the morning. I drove up the parking lot to get the best sandwich ever at What About Bob's
 So I basically drove in a blizzard, got a hotel room and froze my toes off for a sandwich. Not bad.
 Chagrin River Road (174) is one of my all time favorite roads.




 This hole was a new find. The guy in front of me at the sandwich shop told me about it.
 Skunked.

 There is a flaming pipe in the river.
  Sandwich part 2.
 I drove home after Daniels field. Didn't make it back. For more details, you'll have to listen to the podcast.

Then I got home and the wife was done with my big hair. My brother in law cut it off.

 
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