This edition of Film CRAFT focuses on the building of fly fishing tools. Having taken a fly-tying class recently, I realized that fly-fishing was and remains, a cottage industry, with many dedicated craftspeople. There are of course hundreds of videos of fly-tying online, but I thought I would share a broader selection of craftsmen who make the sport that much more beautiful.
Bernard Ramanauskas has made bamboo cane rods for Scott Fly Rods and many select clients. This nice short features Bernard building and fishing.
Seattle-based Kelly Neu built her drift boat out of $300 of materials, driftwood, reclaimed lumber, spit and elbow grease. She chronicled the dory build on her blog and in a killer time-lapse video.
Schliske Bamboo Fly Rods made by angler, filmmaker and master rodmaker Matt Schliske of Fort Collins, CO are true works of art, but as you’ll see at the end of the video, they work quite well too.
This short for the Fly Fishing Film Tour features Schliske and buddies on the Rattlesnake Creek fishing private waters, drinking and droning. My kind of outing.
Japanese tenkara angler, Katsutoshi Amano ties his flies by hand (no vise).
Matt Stoecker is a different kind of craftsmen, he’s a conservation biologist and his craft is in protecting and restoring steelhead habitat. He works to remove old dams to provide access for steelhead migration. He also blows up dams, hell yeah.
Lastly, I want to share this gem of a little short by Aussie creatives, Urchin Associates, for the global charity, Movember. Briefly, if you don’t know, Movember is a global movement that ask men to forgo shaving for the month of November to raise money for prostate cancer research. A “red tag” fly is tied by the river by “Blake.” Blake’s not famous, he’s just a fisherman, like so many of us. It just goes to show, that every angler can be a craftsmen (and make a difference too).