R. L. Winston and Trout Unlimited Collaborate on Bamboo Rod

Stoked about an important project at TU – we are now creating maker films for our collaborations with the fly fishing industry. The first features a limited edition Bamboo rod designed and built by R. L. Winston Rod Co. Bamboo junkies will find this highly collectible rod intriguing. We’re only building 59 in honor of TU’s birth year, 1959. Zero is spoken for!

Film CRAFT XXII

Forestbound  “its about the importance of the history of the fabric.”

Cobra Rock Boot Company “it was about keeping those elements of the past we really liked.”

Portland Meat Collective “we haven’t had to grapple with the issue of killing our dinner for a long time.”

Appalachia Press

Four Barrel Coffee X Tellason “we didn’t want to have wifi.”

Buttermilk Biscuits

Bottled History “my first drills were needles.”

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KILLSPENCER

Prairie Vodka: “We do stuff a little different.”

The Meat Market: “I have a way with fire.”

Dalman Supply: “Until we fully rely on our creativity, our creativity is never fully alive.”

The Good Flock: “We are trying to find a solution for people with limited space.”

Beam & Anchor: “Its good to have critics in-house.”

Aaron Bamboo Rods: “Its not much but it works for me.”

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NORMAN PORTER

BROOKLYN BREW KIDS

A COMMON THREAD “We build a culture where people are satisfied with their lives at work.”

SEEDBOMBS

TARANSKY BAMBOO “There’s four or five thousand passes of the plane in every rod.”

BOW TIE BY HARDING AND WILSON

SIXTEEN TONS (BALTIMORE)

TANNER GOODS  “It has to be done in smaller batches.”

OTIS JAMES

ALL ACCESS – HOOKE

Fly fishing need not be stodgey.  Case in point, the industry is being supported by a growth of entry-level rods, reels and gear making it more accessible than ever. Orvis has dropped a new online fly fishing school for FREE. The culture is being documented by more young writers and publishers like April Vokey, This Is Fly, and Southern Culture on the Fly. And thanks to the rise of social media, younger fly fishers are in a tizzy to capture their angling adventures on film, slap a kickass track on it and share it out. Now, you don’t have to worry if nobody believes your fish was “this big” cause you can ask to see the footage.

Yukon Goes Fishing, Hooke, and Todd Moen are three examples of self-documenting anglers representing a real range of technical prowess and storytelling. Yukon AKA Ivan Orsic is all about the moneyshot, the epic GoPro DIY filmmaking breathtaking moment of victory. While Todd Moen’s work is about cinematography, beauty, discipline and craft. And my favorite of the three, Hooke, a collective of hipster Quebecois are all about the camraderie, the bon homme, if you will. Despite their differences they all are making the most of their pursuits. All are creating a strong following, and all are breaking the rules and the stereotypes that kept people away from our sport.  In the next three posts I’ll share samples from each of these filmmakers. Let’s see what we shall see, shall we?

and a bonus…ice-fishing with a hot girl.

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CARHARTT: MADE IN AMERICA “People are really tired of feeling like everything comes from some other country.”

SEAN WOOLSEY “Actions ignite ideas.”

 

THE FOUR COURSEMAN “I can’t exactly tell you where they’re based because its a secret.”

 

MADE BY HAND: THE DISTILLER “It was challenging to get people to take me seriously.”

 

QUINTIN X INTELLIGENTSIA

 

BILLYKIRK X HUDSON BAY COMPANY “We’re on the right path.”