Category: Short Film


Fly Fishing in Guatemala

During the making of Tidewater, we had spent weeks behind a lens and in front of a screen enthralled with catching billfish on a fly rod. A few months after the release of the film, we got the opportunity to experience the thrill first hand at one of the best locations in the world: Guatemala.

Our trip started with a half-day in the historic town of Antigua. Cobble stone streets led us to gourmet food and wine tucked inside courtyards and friendly bodegas. Add in the surrounding active volcanos, and it felt like being on the set of a movie.

Hosted by Sailfish Oasis, a top notch fishing lodge, we were comfortable throughout our stay. We spent three days on the water with Capt. Chris Vann Leeuwen at the helm of the Allure II. Our primary quarry were billfish, but we tangled with mahi mahi, tuna, and anything else we could throw a fly at among the blue water. The action was steady. We consistently raised +20 sailfish per day. Three of us caught our first sails on a fly rod. As exciting as those moments were, the time back at the lodge, sharing stories with friends new and old, was just as rich and memorable.

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BTS: Orvis Trout Bum Project

We are excited for our new project with The Orvis Company. Below are a few BTS photos from our shoot out in ID/WY.

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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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