My wife and I were fly fishing with friend/guide Dean Whaanga in New Zealand when a combination of bad weather and good timing resulted in a fish giving us the experience of a lifetime. I crawled on my stomach with my camera to the water's edge, hit record, and watched what was one of the coolest moments I have ever witnessed.
The emerald waters of the Mur river are to many considered a jewel of Austria. Springing from the Alps in Salzburg, the Mur flows through the heart of Styria, past the clock tower of Graz, which for centuries has marked time for the peaceful coexistence of mankind and nature.
The pristine quality of Austria's second largest river is, however, threatened by industrial interests who seek to control the natural course of the river with the construction of dams and water power plants. In fact, a large portion of the Styrian Mur is already either regulated or dammed. One of the last free flowing stretches is through the Styrian capital Graz, where the endangered Danube Salmon, locally known as the Huchen, maintains a naturally reproducing population.
This short documentary explores the special connections between the Mur and the citizens of Graz. Nature conservationists, fishermen, and passionate river lovers join to share stories, create new experiences, and bring to light the pressing issues of water power at the cost of destruction of nature and ecosystems.
Flows are down and water temperatures are up. Let's join together in protecting the Truckee River trout by participating in a voluntary "hoot owl closure". If you practice catch and release, stay off the water from noon to midnight.
Music by: Fistful of Mercy "30 Bones", Sigur Ros "Hafsol"