Rise, the follow up to Drift takes us to 6 stunning new fly fishing locations in search of fly fishing nirvana. Kicking things off in Florida, with some spectacular tarpon action, the story then takes us to a fantastic lodge in Patagonia for some of the world's best rainbow and brown trout fishing. Back in the USA, we're in Louisiana in the wake of hurricane Katrina to see how the redfish fishery was affected post Katrina. Boasting a huge estuarine system, there are more redfish here per acre than anywhere and less fishing pressure. Henry's Fork on the Snake river is next and can probably claim to offer the best dry fly fishing in the USA. With an incrediby diverse array of water, and beautiful scenery, this is a stunning place to fly fish. In Venezuela, we're in Los Roques which as most people would is one of the best bonefish flats fisheries in the world. Finally, we're in Alaska, possibly the most iconic sport fishery in the world where Ray Peterson set up the first fly in lodge operation, setting the standard for the many lodges that followed.
Confluence Films broke the mould for fly fishing films when they created "Drift". Beautifully shot on 16mm & 35mm film, it sketches the passion of a selection of dedicated anglers, devoted to their sport. John and Amy Hazel speycast for Steelhead on the Deschutes River, Oregon. Brian O'Keefe is on the saltwater flats of Belize casting at the Permit tailing in front of him. The reservoir tail waters of America's Mid West provide blue riband Trout rivers, even in mid winter. The Andros Isles are home to one of the most famous Bonefishing guides, Charlie Smith. And finally John Steihl and Travis Smith put themselves in the hands of local guides on the trip of a lifetime to Kashmir, India. Drift magnificently conveys how fly fishing can be so addictive and provide such thrilling entertainment.
Night of the Hex
As June arrives in the American Midwest it ushers in the emergence of the Michigan mayfly, Hexagenia Limbata. This prolific hatch takes place at night and with it brings out the biggest trout to gorge this feast. This is truly a unique fishing experience and can offer an angler both heartbreak and the possibility of a trophy brown trout. Follow four Midwestern fly fisherman through various obstacles as they chase this hatch and hunt these large brown trout under the cover of night. "Night of the Hex" offers a rare glimpse of fishing this rarely filmed event.
Where The Yellowstone Goes
Where the Yellowstone Goes follows a 30-day drift boat journey down the longest un-dammed river in the contiguous United States. Intimate portraits of locals in both booming cities and dusty, dwindling towns along the Yellowstone River, illustrate the history and controversies surrounding this enigmatic watershed leading to questions about its future. Connect with colourful characters, get lost in the hypnotic cast of a fly rod, and experience silhouetted moments of fireside stories on this heartfelt river adventure.
Director Shane Anderson made a pilgrimage to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state to the rivers he once fished as a boy. His relationship with the wild steelhead and the rivers in which they met upon taught him just how precious life can be. What was once a childhood fishing trip has evolved into a journey to find answers why his favorite fish is disappearing from the rivers and appearing on the Endangered Species list. How could this wild and beautiful creature slip toward the abyss of extinction? WILD REVERENCE embarks on a quest to begin a movement to enact real change not only for the steelhead but for all ecosystems.
Heart of the Driftless
In the world of fly fishing, the Drifltess area of SW Wisconsin is considered a hidden gem tucked away in the Midwestern United States. There are many who would argue the Drifltess is a poor man's Montana, in fact, there are more miles of trout waters in the Driftless than there is in Montana. The film Heart of the Driftless will introduce you to streams, many of them no wider than the length of your rod, full of wild browns and brook trout providing some of the best fly fishing in the world, with hundreds of miles of public access waters. In this film you will experience the adrenaline rush of landing big fish on fine tippets and light weight rods, often in knee-deep water.
Dave McCoy is a fly fishing guide and photographer on a mission. He’s heading to the Chuitna River in Alaska – a truly wild river and one of the few remaining places on earth where people can live off the land. But the river’s pristine environment - home to countless species of salmon, plus moose, bear, eagles, and the native Tyonek people, who have relied on salmon for subsistence for centuries. But this landscape hides another highly prized resource: coal. A proposed coal mine, to be situated in the headwaters of the Chuitna and which will cut directly through and under the river, and the accompanying export terminal threaten to flood the rivers with 7million gallons of waste water per day. Dave’s mission: to draw attention to the looming ecological disaster, and to try to prevent it from happening.
Shot in Montana, Cold Waters joins five fly fishermen as they discuss their passion for wild trout fishing and the impact of climate change on fish and anglers alike. A collaboration between Conservation Hawks and Conservation Media, the film aims to promote healthy landscapes, clean, cold waters and flourishing ecosystems in the face of the threat of global warming.
We’ve all dreamed of quitting our jobs, packing our fishing kit and heading out into the wilderness to do nothing but eat, sleep and fish. That’s exactly what talented filmmakers and lifelong fly fishers Chase and Aimee did. They swapped the comforts of home for a vintage 1985 VW Westfalia motorhome and headed west, towards the fly fishing Mecca of Montana. After dodging wild, 18-wheeler-flipping storms, and a spell among the geysers and grizzlies of Yellowstone, they eventually make it to a remote lake in Montana rumoured to hold rare Golden Trout. Despite a greuelling hike, the lake proved worth it, and not just for the trout.
In 2012, the Scorpion Reef expedition took the fly fishing world by storm. A group of close friends – anglers from a variety of backgrounds and locales, pooled their talents for an exploratory trip to a remote atoll in the Gulf of Mexico. Scorpion Reef would be a hard trip to beat. In planning the next great adventure, the crew wanted to take crewmember Alejandro “Sandflea” Vega Cruz, a Mexican from Isla Holbox, out of his element and show him something life changing. The result was an expedition into the heart of the Alaskan bush. The crew revisited an unknown and largely untouched river system – explored by RA Beattie and Alaska guide Mark Rutherford almost a decade earlier. Their intention? To target sportfish primarily with topwater lures. What started off as a plan to expose Sandflea to the Great White North and enjoy a bit of camaraderie on new waters morphed into an adventure of epic proportions.
Carpland is a documentary-style adventure film about the history of carp in the United States. This non-native invasive species was introduced to U.S. waterways as a food source, and quickly spread to almost every state within a century. Carp pose a significant threat to numerous wild ecosystems and native flora and fauna. They’re also an adaptive species, thriving in waterways too damaged by pollution to support native species – providing angling opportunities for urban populations. Carp’s short history in North America spawns many questions about their role and future here. The film investigates these questions, and more. Filmed on location in California, Pacific Northwest, Illinois, Michigan and more.
This short film by Conservation Hawks follows six adventurous anglers as they visit a remote North American Steelhead river in 2015 - the film highlights not only the magic of the river, the fish and the scenery, but also addresses the challenges that they face - climate change, and ocean acidification, which threaten the very existence of this delicate ecosystem. The film is accompanied by a petition to the US Congress to protect steelhead and salmon in the USA - you can sign the petition, or read about the project on the film's website, and we encourage you to do so!
The McCloud river is the point of origin for many of the world's rainbow trout populations. Despite the California gold rush, and thanks to the inaccessability of the valley, the river remained almost untouched since before the arrival of Europeans in the West. That is, until the river was dammed in 1945, wiping out the river's chinook and steelhead runs. But the trout remained. Then in 1965 another dam wiped out the bull-trout populations. Despite this, there are still unique populations of trout further upstream. Now the river is threatened once again by a proposal by Nestle to extract water for bottling, and by the proposal to raise the Shasta dam. When is enough, enough?
The Smith River, North West California: Home to steelhead, coho and chinook salmon, and cutthroat trout; and as yet undammed, unadulterated – undamaged. The banks support enormous, ancient redwoods and are a Mecca for fly fishermen. Now a proposed strip mine threatens the survival of this unique piece of natural history.
For the Sport of It
This amazing film follows Capt Mark Martin as he attempts to catch a mako shark on a fly rod off the San Diego coast. At the same time we get an insight into how attitudes are changing in the world of shark fishing: where once sharks were killed, now catch and release is gaining ground.
California has one of the most diverse populations of trout in the world, and in this film a group of adventurous anglers undertake a ten-day treck into the state's High Sierra in search of the famous golden trout - fish which have survived the onslaughts of the Gold Rush, and sheep and cattle farming's ravaging of the landscape and riverbanks. The guys explore previously unfished lakes and watersheds, and catch some remarkable hybrid trout, golden trout, camp in an old mining camp and meet some of the characters of the High Sierra.
Join Chase and Aimee in the follow up to their epic road trip movie Journey On, where they jumped in a VW campervan and fished their way across the states. This time, the couple jump in their trusty van and head north into deepest Maine in search of trophy brook trout. Brilliant cinematography and epic fly fishing sequences make this a must watch.
Musky Country is a visually stunning introduction into what it takes to go after the toughest fish in fresh water, the mighty musky, with a fly rod. Z2H will transport you into the heart of the beast and, along the journey, shows you an angling frontier right in the heartland, northern Wisconsin. This remarkable stage and these remarkable fish have a way of capturing anglers more so than the reverse...witness the authentic and true tale of Musky Country! Musky Country was named the 2011 fly fishing dvd of the year at the International Fly Tackle Dealers show in New Orleans and was also toured as part of the 2011 Fly Fishing Film Tour.
The Brothers Brown
The Brothers Brown is a documentary about a legendary river in Michigan and three streamer junky brothers who grew up fishing it. The "trophy waters" of the famed AuSable river in North East Michigan is known to hold enormous brown trout. 25 to 30 inch fish are not uncommon, however catching one is a different story. This section of river is not a numbers game...it's where dues are paid. The Brothers were all introduced to the river by their parents at very young ages and could fish anywhere, but still choose to return to the "trophy waters" every year to chase those elusive trophy browns. The Brothers Brown is film about a river, a family and the past.
The Super Salmon
The Susitna River is the 15th largest in the USA and its watershed provides habitat for countless species, including salmon. Tourism and fishing create $200 million each year on the Susitna. The planners say that the dam is above the reach of salmon, but The Super Salmon, a tagged fish, begged to differ, completing an epic journey of 300 miles to the very headwaters of the river, dodging countless dangers and obstacles, only to swim all the way back downstream and out to sea.
Following a near-fatal rock-climbing fall, Art Webb was looking for something to help him recreate the adrenaline highs that climbing had provided him. He found it: chasing some of the fastest fish in the ocean – marlin and other billfish – with a fly rod. As his stories of his adventures spread, two of his friends – fishing obsessives Brian and Colby Trow, couldn’t pass up the chance to join his mission to catch marlin in their home waters off Virginia.
In search for what is pound for pound the hardest pulling fish in the ocean, anglers Mark Martin and Alex Beck set out on an adventure in Mark's home waters off the coast of San Diego, California. Muscle, speed, and adrenaline are the genetic strengths of yellowfin tuna, and could they also experience the tug of the elusive bluefin tuna on the fly? Join them in their adventure of reel screaming, rod bending, heart pounding action to see if tuna really can claim the title of the hardest pulling fish in the saltwater world.