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The Robert Thompson Collection

Robert Thompson has become one of the most prolific and respected fly fishing film makers out there over the last decade. Born and raised in Montana, where fly fishing for trout is almost compulsory, Robert moved to Michigan in his formative years becoming a professional videographer and editor. He started making short films about his passion, fly fishing back in 2010 and has since produced 9 feature length documentaries. Robert's films are characterised by incredible cinematography, slick editing and telling some interesting and unusual stories that have given viewers a real insight into some of the lesser known fisheries in the north midwest USA.

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Heart of the Driftless introduces us to a fly fishing paradise. The Driftless area of SW Wisconsin is considered a true hidden gem tucked away in the Midwestern United States. There are many who would argue the Driftless 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. To watch this movie, just login or register now  
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The River
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The AuSable River, Michigan is regarded by many as the one of the finest trout rivers in America. In this beautifully crafted film by Robert Thompson, we meet just a few of the anglers who have been captivated by its mystique, its legendary hatches and its fickle brown trout. We also meet some of the people who have devoted their lives to the preservation and conservation of the AuSable river as a truly wild fishery. Its history includes disputes over stocking and catch and release, the birth of Trout Unlimited and its battles with the large corporations over mineral rights and pollution. You can see why the river's devotees have been so passionate about taking care of such a special place, its hatches have become things of legend and folklore, the season opening "Hendrickson" mayfly quickly followed by the "Hex", attracting anglers from all over the world, hoping to hook a hungry, giant Brown Trout. To watch The River now, just login or join
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In Summer Haze, acclaimed film maker Robert Thompson takes a long, indulgent look at the joys of fly fishing in warm water for predatory species such as Musky, Northern Pike and Smallmouth Bass. The Upper Mid West of America is widely regarded to have some of the best freshwater fishing to be found anywhere in the world, but until recently the cold water species of Trout and Salmon have been thought of as the ultimate target for fly anglers. This is changing and in Summer Haze we join some local guides and enthusiasts who are blazing the warm water trail. They share their thoughts and reasoning and its easy to see why this type of fly fishing has taken a hold on their hearts. Summer Haze has been beautifully shot and crafted by Robert Thompson, it is split into two parts, both nearly 2 hours in length, so if this doesn't satisfy your desire for warm water fly action, we don't know what will. To watch Summer Haze now, just login or join
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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.  
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In Spey Daze, award winning film maker Robert Thompson takes on the story of Steelhead in America's Great Lakes. He joins the fishing enthusiasts who revel in catching them and talks to some of the scientists and conservationists who are constantly working at maintaining their existence. Steelhead are a migratory form of Rainbow Trout that were introduced to the Great Lakes at the end of the 19th Century, around the time that the Atlantic Salmon, indigenous to Lake Ontario and the St Lawrence River were being catastrophically over fished. Their numbers are maintained by constant restocking, but there is an established population of 'wild' fish, particularly in Michigan and Ontario, that are regarded as the ultimate prize. The migratory nature of the fish, means they travel along the rivers and tributaries flowing into the lakes, to reach their spawning grounds, and so it's these journeys that present the angler with their opportunity. 'Stripping' the fly with a traditional trout fly rod works, but 'swinging' the fly with a two handed Spey rod seems to be the ultimate way to go, after all these are large fish that can grow to over a metre. To watch Spey Daze now, just login or join
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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.  
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Reverb tells the story of three musicians who were part of the late 80's, early 90's post-punk scene in Chicago. Larry Damore and Joe Haggerty from the band Pegboy and Herb Rosen from the band Rights of the Accused all have another passion outside of the music....fly fishing. The documentary explores their relationship as both fishermen and musicians and features the music of both Pegboy and Rights Of The Accused. Reverb toured as part of the 2012 Fly Fishing Film Tour and created a real buzz within the fly fishing community. Punk rock meets fly fishing.  
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The Brothers Brown is a documentary about the legendary Ausable river in Michigan and three streamer junky brothers who grew up fishing it. The "trophy waters" of the famed river in North East Michigan are 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 Ausable 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. To watch, login or register  
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Summers
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Bob Summers is considered by many one of the finest bamboo rod makers in the world. He started building bamboo rods in 1965 at the Paul H. Young Rod Company in Detroit, Michigan under the watchful eye of Paul Young himself. Bob honed his craft and carried on the Young tradition of bamboo rod making after Mr. Young's death in 1960. Bob eventually left the Young Company, moved up to Traverse City, MI and started the RW Summers Rod Company which is still in business today. In the late 70's Bob met George Griffith the founder of Trout Unlimited at a TU fundraiser. The pair quickly struck up a friendship and became fishing buddies for the better part of 25 years, not only fishing George's home water, the famed AuSable river in Michigan...but destination all over the world. "Summers" is a documentary short that offers a rare glimpse into Bob's world as a rod maker as well as his relationship with George Griffith.  

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