The Kamchatka peninsula in the Russian Far East may as well be at the end of the earth. Its enormous, wild landscape is threaded with rivers, swimming with massive mouse-eating trout and swarming with bugs and bears. In other words, this place is the Holy Grail for truly obsessed, halfway insane fly fishermen. Felt Soul’s Ben Knight and Travis Rummel last brought Mountainfilm audiences the story of Alaskan salmon at risk in Red Gold, and this film reunites the filmmakers with Frank Smethurst (the star of their short Running Down the Man) as he and other anglers head to Kamchatka during the summer of 2008. In this gorgeous film, fishing is poetry; Bigfoot lurks in the fog; and fishermen risk life and limb in decommissioned Cold War helicopters to explore rivers that have never been fished before.
Here's a preview trailer for our upcoming TROUT DIARIES TV series, featuring the best of fly fishing in New Zealand. The show has been inspired by my travels and adventures during the research and the writing of both The Trout Diaries and The Trout Bohemia books. It really brought home the fact that when it comes to fly fishing for big wild trout, there is no better place than New Zealand. Realising and pursuing that has certainly been the greatest adventure of my life.
I've been trying to get a big brown on video since I landed the last giant. This has not come to fruition. The fishing has been tough. So tough, in fact, that I turned to the lowly stocked trout. It was an attempt to get the mojo back. This is also the last movie I'll be able to make before peacing out to Colorado
The latest medium to large stonefly nymph pattern I came up with. The fly is two toned like a natural, and takes on a woven fly look without the weaving. Colors and sizes can be altered accordingly, as a rule of thumb I tie these in a 12-4 and the golden color in the video is the top color scheme as of late.