Tag: mossy creek fly fishing

05
Mar

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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12
Feb

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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03
Feb

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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29
Jan

Blood Knot selected for the 2014 Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T)

For the second year in a row, we are stoked to be a part of the Fly Fishing Film (F3T) Tour.  We’re once again representing local waters; this time, featuring the Shenandoah Valley and twin brothers Brian and Colby Trow, owners of Mossy Creek Fly Fishing in Harrisonburg, VA.

Purchase tickets through Urban Angler.

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Link to trailers here.

Blood Knot Synopsis:

The Shenandoah Valley lies just two hours outside of our nation’s capital and offers some incredibly diverse freshwater fishing. It is hard to find mountain brook trout, spring creek rainbows and browns in such close proximity to some of the best smallmouth, carp, and musky fishing in the country. Twin brothers, Brian and Colby Trow, are natives of Virginia who took their love of fly fishing together and put it all on the line to ‘live the dream’ in the center of this unheralded fishing destination. More than 10 years and one nasty economic recession later, Brian and Colby understand the risks and costs of running a small business. Success comes with the price of long hours and being away from family, but it is time on the water together that keeps them connected. Selected for the 2014 Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) and the 2014 Rise Fly Fishing Tour Europe.

25
Jan