Category: Fly Fishing


BTS photos: the making of Blood Knot (Musky Fishing)

Any time we told a hardcore fly fisherman that we were making a film about the Shenandoah Valley, they undoubtedly would ask, “So you’re going to have musky, right?”  It came down to our last day of filming, but thankfully, we can answer, “Yes”.  The temps held on for us and the water was crystal clear.  As we floated slowly, it was like looking at an aquarium — monster bass, catfish, and carp kept us entertained while we scoured the depths for musky.  Musky fishing is a game of patience and persistence.  I still don’t know how Brian and Colby casted 11- and 12-weight rods with full sinking lines for 8 hours that day.  We still had to drag Colby off the water as the darkness of night set-in.   We were fortunate enough to get a musky catch on camera and avoid hypothermia while filming the underwater portions.  The musky took a chunk out of Brian’s thumb and put new meaning to the title, “Blood Knot”.


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Blood Knot selected for the 2014 Rise Fly Fishing Film Festival (Europe)


The festival will stop in thirteen countries, including France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Netherlands, Slovenia, UK and Poland. For more information visit the Rise website at


BTS photos: the making of Blood Knot (Brook Trout Fishing)

To capture the early fishing beginnings of the Trow brothers,  we had to include some classic Virginia brook trout fishing.  Locations included Little Stoney Creek (at Wintergreen) and the Dry River.  The film crew endured bugs, climbing trees, and spooky wild trout to get some great footage and big smiles with Brian and Colby.

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The Way it Began selected for the 2014 Lookout Wild Film Festival

If you’re around Chattanooga, Tennessee from March 21-23, check out the Lookout Wild Film Festival (LWFF).  This year’s festival includes our short film, The Way It Began, starring Kami Swingle going back to her fishing roots — fly fishing for wild brook trout in the small mountain streams around the Shenandoah National Park. It’s the story of her passion for fly fishing and the belief that she can have it all: outdoors and fashion, wilderness and cosmopolitan.



BTS photos: the making of Blood Knot (Aerial Photography)

An important part of filmmaking is cool gear. And in small-budget documentary style filming, there might be nothing cooler than a drone that can take aerial photography.  And when I say drone, I’m talking about a GoPro with a RC helicopter on steroids.  The Cinestar 8 is legit, with 8 props, 3-axis gimbal, and separate video feeds for pilot and camera operator.  The toys and expertise were provided by Sky Spider Productions, aerial photography specialists from Richmond, VA.  Overcast skies did not allow for dramatic lighting but we were glad to get the extra hours of filming.  Nothing like having a huge sky-sized soft box to help with lighting.  Tom and Richard of Sky Spider got some sick footage and totally up’d the production quality of our film.  We look forward to working with them again on future projects.

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