Photographed entirely on 16mm & 35mm film, the breathtaking imagery of DRIFT will be captivating with incredibly vivid color, contrast and depth, qualities that are only available in the film format. DRIFT will look and feel lush and beautiful, each segment highlighted with hypnotic, slow motion images of casting, moving water, and underwater action. Deep, soulful interviews with select “legends of the sport” and others who have shaped the sport, will resonate with a musical score that features the sounds of Jack Johnson’s Brushfire recording artists. This deep rooted passion for the sport will be conveyed by these devoted (and sometimes eclectic) characters that have immersed themselves in the sport and the lifestyle of fly fishing. The fact that each segment tells a completely unique story and focuses on different characters and anglers is one of the many things that sets this project apart from other film and video releases of recent years.
In 2008, Confluence Films debuted DRIFT, a highly acclaimed documentary that captivated the flyfishing community. In 2009, riding on the success of DRIFT, director/cinematographer Chris Patterson of Warren Miller Entertainment and executive producer Jim Klug once again set out in search of new locations and the totally unique stories, characters and species that epitomize the spirit and soul of flyfishing.
This new film is RISE – a collection of individual stories shot around the world; stories that together truly reflect the attraction that flyfishing has for all of us. Shot on location in the Florida Keys, Argentina, Idaho, New Orleans, Venezuela, and Alaska. RISE is a stunning feature-length film, photographed entirely on 16mm film and mastered in HD.
CONNECT introduces a number of new locations, exotic species, and compelling characters that epitomize and exemplify the sport of fly fishing. Shot on location in Japan, Yellowstone National Park, the Yukon Drainage of Alaska, the flats of Cuba, the coast of Maine, and in the wilds of Tanzania, Africa, this feature-length movie will once again transport viewers around the world in search of new waters and exhilarating travel experiences. CONNECT features well-known anglers Greg Vincent, Jeff Currier, Jimmy Bartschi, Craig Mathews, Masa Katsumata, Brian Porter, and Captain Eric Wallace, and more than a dozen different fish species, both freshwater and saltwater.
As with DRIFT and RISE before, the cinematography, sound, and feel of CONNECT come together in a visual masterpiece that promises to re-set the bar for fly fishing films.
Catch Magazine – In my humble opinion this is the epitome of “Fish Porn!” Few words, great music, fantastic scenery and lots of beautiful fish on the fly. Dive in.
Season 1 and Season 2 available now.
Once in a Blue Moon – In an unpredictable chain of events a mass flowering of the ancient New Zealand Beech forest leads to an excess of seed production. Mice and rodents take advantage of this abundance and numbers reach plague proportions. Incredible footage follows these rodents as they embark on a strange migration, attempting to swim across the expanse of New Zealand’s rivers and lakes. There they fall prey to the largest predators in the lake – monster Brown trout. Gorging themselves on swimming mice, these fish become extremely aggressive and grow to epic proportions. For a fly-fishing Angler, this is the stuff dreams are made of.
Tying the Atlantic Classic Salmon Fly – Mike Radenchich, Michael takes you through every step of the tying of the Iconic “Jock Scott”
This DVD is as up close and personal as you will ever get as you learn all the right moves to tie most any Classic
Trout Grass – This documentary highlights Hoagy Carmichael on his first visit to China, where he experiences the country’s mystical bamboo forests. As a legendary split-cane fly rod craftsman and author of the art’s seminal study (A Masters Guide to Building a Bamboo Fly Rod, with Everett Garrison), these far-off lands have fuelled Hoagy’s dreams for over 40 years.
While in China we follow the hands of a bamboo importer who travels to a remote Chinese village to individually sort through thousands of bamboo poles. He is looking for poles perfectly suited for bamboo rod makers around the world.
In Montana, we see master-builder Glenn Brackett tap into “the power of unseen hands” in his shop, while converting this hardy piece of grass into a fly rod. The result is an instrument so revered for its strength, precision and beauty one wonders if trout feel lucky when caught and released by one of Glenn’s rods.
A River Runs Through It – Robert Redford directed this sensitive film of Norman MacLean’s acclaimed story about a minister father who uses fly-fishing to relate to his two sons, one of whom is drawn to literature and the other a reckless type heading for danger. This movie motivated thousands to try fly fishing for the first time and many are still hooked. A tribute to all things fly fishing.
Chasing Silver – Whether you’ve ever fished for Tarpon or wish to, this DVD will “Kick your Butt!”. Watch as champions Andy Mill and Tim Hoover get beat up by some of the world’s most powerful fly caught fish! Contagious!
Florida Bonefish – The Florida Keys…Thousands of square miles of saltwater flats that are the best in the world for sight fishing huge tarpon, bonefish, permit and barracuda. Jake Jordan, veteran Keys guide, shows you the excitement and thrill of sight fishing in the Florida Keys. Bonefish…They come in size “large” in the Keys, often bigger that 8 pounds. These marvellous gamefish explode in 200 yard runs when fooled into taking your fly.
The Hatch – An award winning short documentary of the plight of the Gunnison River where various user groups compete for the same resource. Highlighted is the spectacular Stonefly Hatch and the huge fish that gorge themselves. This hatch and proceeds from the documentary may save the Gunnison.
Henrik Mortensen #1 The Perfect Cast – All fly fishers dream about the perfect catch. This only happens through a combination between a top-notch cast and the unique ability to fish the fly with ultimate deception, regardless of the conditions. The first step, the art of casting the fly, is the most fundamental building block of a good fly fisher. In this video, you will be exposed to the basics in fly casting and the fundamentals of the underhand casting technique in various situations, while taken on a journey through Iceland at some of the world’s finest and most exclusive salmon rivers in the world.
Henrik Mortensen #2 Cracking the CodeWith the second volume in Henrik Mortensen’s Fly Fishing Academy, we present you with his fundamental approach to fly fishing, which is based upon total control of the fly. In order to demonstrate various techniques, he chose one of the most prestigious and challenging locations in the world to fish for sea trout, the famed Rio Grande of Tierra del Fuego in the southernmost part of Argentina
Henrik Mortensen #3 Distance and DelicacyIn his third volume of the Fly Fishing Academy, Henrik Mortensen concentrates on the art of salmon fishing – assessing the situation, formulating a strategy and executing the plan. His instructions run the gamut, from reading a river to effectively fishing for the elusive salmon. This edition follows him throughout the entire process of catching salmon under tense and unfamiliar conditions in early season, using real-life scenarios.
Drift boat Fishing 101 – Jim and Kelly Watt feature Dennis Breer, an accomplished guide on the Green River since the 70’s. This DVD applies to drift boating as well as pontoon boats.
Joan Wulff – Dynamics of Fly Casting – This is the fly fishing course from which all others are modeled. For the complete beginner this DVD show how to cast by Joan Wulff, one of the world’s best casters ever!
The Source Iceland, Gin-Clear Media, – This epic cinematic experience captures the passion & excitement of fly fishers exploring this unique land. Sight fish to salmon in crystal clear rivers, search a remote fiord for arctic char, tempt massive trout from volcanic spring creeks & battle sea trout in the southern rivers.
The Source Tasmania, Gin-Clear Media, – A documentary style fly fishing film from 2008/2009. It presents four faces of Tasmanian fly fishing: Springtime sea-trout on the West Coast, springtime mayfly hatches on the northern rivers (featuring Daniel Hackett of RiverFly Tasmania), Headwater creeks, and a trip into the Pillans area of the Western Lakes. The Source is a great dvd that features beautiful filming qualites, a good storyline, and great accompanying music.
Soulfish, – Soulfish is an adventure to the far corners on the globe to try and find the soul of fly-fishing. This is a multi-dimensional story about fly-fishing today & an in-depth look at some of the sport’s interesting characters. Experience what it’s like & witness some of the most explosive and breathtaking footage ever captured from locations in: Brazil, Mongolia, Belize, Christmas Island, Louisiana, Florida Keys, Utah & California.
The Source New Zealand, Nick Reygaert, – The Source – New Zealand’s director, says, “”NZ offers a seemingly limitless amount of variety for fly fishers yet each person enjoys and values the fishery in their own unique way. With The Source – New Zealand we set out to capture those special moments that define a fishing trip and through these get a glimpse of what the Kiwi experience means to each of the featured anglers. For some, it means casting size 18 emergers to delirious brown trout during a blanket hatch, for others it’s the triumph of catching a 10lb plus fish on a dry fly, for others it’s a jet boat ride into a remote fiord!”
Fish Bum I – Mongolia – AEG Media’s Their third feature film, Fish Bum I: Mongolia is packed with extraordinary footage with never before seen river systems hidden deep within the remote reaches of inner Mongolia. AEG Fish Bums: Chris Owens, Thad Robison, Justin Crump and Brian Jill embark on an adventure covering unexplored territory on horseback, camel, bush vehicles and hiking boots all in the search for the largest known trout in the world, the Taimen; a fish of legendary myths and proportions. The vast beauty of Mongolia, the scenery, nature, culture and people that surround the crew is an irresistible experience. Follow along as they search to unlock the secrets, struggles and successes in their attempt to find this elusive fish, as well as examine the threats imposed on this creature from pre-historic times.
Trout Bum Diaries – Vol 1 Patagonia – AEG Media – If you have not heard all the great things about these “Avant Guard” film makers then you need to get out more!
The Trout Bum Diaries won’t help you improve your cast or increase your understanding of entomology. But, truth be told, there are tons of other videos available out there that do those things quite well. The Trout Bum Diaries is unique, and what it should do is help rekindle your sense of adventure and further embrace your love of the sport.
Trout Bum Diaries II New Zealand – AEG Media – Take a deeper look into the life of a trout bum on a four-month road trip exploring the gin-clear waters of the South Island of New Zealand. Stalk enormous backcountry browns, fight off monster eels, and sleep with the sand flies in the second instalment of the Trout Bum Diaries series.
Rene Harrop – Life Cycle of the Caddis fly, Life Cycle of the Mayfly,Family Ties – A technical tier who has developed many of today’s “Go to” flies.
Lefty Kreh – Lessons with Lefty, Best of Lefty’s Tips, Tactics and Techniques – Lefty is a character…and a talented tier as well. His years of tying give him the credibility to show you the best time saving techniques to tie great flies.
New Zealand Trophy Waters #1, #2, #3 – This series is highlighted by the HUGE browns and stunning waters of New Zealand. The techniques of sight fishing for monster Browns. If you’ve seen Trout Bum Diaries this is a great addition!
Dave Whitlock Originals – Tying and Fishing series – Near Nuff Sculpin & Crayfish, Sheep Minnow series, Red Fox Squirrel Hair Nymphs, Matuka Sculpin
Perhaps one of the greatest tiers alive and a chaser Bass, Dave takes you through the building of his designs as well as how to properly fish them.
S/A 3M – Fly Fishing made Easy, Anatomy of a Trout Stream, Fly Fishing for Trout, Basic Fly Casting, Advanced Fly Casting, Strategies for Selective Trout
This series is one of the best available! Designed to take you through the steps from beginner to advanced, these DVD’s have experts like Gary Borger & Doug Swisher demonstrating the skills necessary at each level. Great photography and excellent demonstration…this series will shorten your learning curve substantially.
The majority of fly fishermen begin nymph fishing using traditional tight-line methods with split shot and no indicator and most early attempts at nymphing are done with rigs of similar modified design. These styles of nymphing are effective on smaller streams. However, many anglers find out when venturing into larger rivers with little gradient, where presenting flies at a distance is necessary to catch trout, that no single nymphing technique fits every situation. The answer to your problem… “MASTERING THE DEAD DRIFT -INDICATOR NYMPHING SIMPLIFIED AND PERFECTED”
Reviewed by Martin Joergensen
Quiet and easygoing. Entertaining and educating. High quality and Global Class!
If you ever wanted to know about this Czech nymphing style of fishing, which has been talked about so much (OK, let’s say hyped) the last 20 years or so, this is a very good place to start.
Swedish Johan Klingberg and photographer/producer Jussi Sjölund have done a very good job of conveying both the fascination and the technique of this much debated fishing method. I write much debated not because there’s a conflict, but because the method is much talked about, and most people who have heard of it, seen it practiced or tried it themselves seem to have an opinion. I have often turned to the short cast Czech style when appropriate, and even though I’m nowhere near being proficient, I must admit that it’s a very efficient method, and I can only encourage you to try it when the water is suitable – which this video shows that most running water is.
The video gets around the subject and covers all relevant angles, both the history, the flies, the rig, the people and of course the techniques. We get a gentle and nice introduction to the seemingly simple movements during a fishing outing in Bohemia in the Czech Republic where we meet some local masters of this fishing method. The Czechs have demonstrated the efficiency of this nymphing style since it was introduced into competition fly fishing back in the eighties. The people introduced all seem to be either participants or coaches to Czech national teams and can boast all kinds of titles from the world championships in fly fishing.
Now, I’m not an avid fan of competing in fly fishing, but I have to respect the fact that the Czech nymph method has been adapted by most of the teams and has proven its worth many times. There might be waters and conditions where this is not the best method, but in any densely populated water where you can get within close range of the fish without spooking them, this is bound to be efficient.
The video demonstrates this by showing anglers literally hauling in fish. Many small ones, admitted, but some of the fish caught are more than decent, especially once the scene moves from eastern Europe to Sweden where the target is rainbows. Johan utters an occasional “uh” and “ah” as he gets into bigger fish and the pressure on the light gear increases.
The extra material is as long as the main feature itself, and contains some valuable tying examples as well as an instruction in setting up the multi-fly leader.
This video earns a Global Class rating in a very quiet and modest way – Scandinavian way so to say. It doesn’t have hectic hand held scenes or fast paced rock music, but it has a well defined scope, a consistent style and a lot of educating content. Once you have watched it you will be much wiser on the efficient art of nymphing the Czech way, and whether you’re watching it in mid winter with frozen water all around like I am or in the peak of the season with easy access to water you will immediately want to go fishing.
A schoolbook example of an instructional fishing DVD!