Last June, the Montana Wild crew was thirsty for some fly fishing. Black bear season was over but spring run-off most certainly was not, leaving few options for clear waters around Missoula. Zack, Travis and Sam decided to make the haul from Western Montana down to Eastern Oregon and check out a tiny, mysterious tailwater in the desert. This film is about a fly-flinging good time chasing some bucknasty brown trout who like to eat mice almost as much as mayflies. Look for it in the 2015 F3T Fly Fishing Film Tour!
THOSE MOMENTS is a feature film for the 2015 fly fishing festival cycle, following fly fishing guides on their day off. We start in Alaska with Hawkeye and Zac searching for giant, flesh-eating rainbows on the Kanektok River, then join Torrie and Josie on Andros, Bahamas, for some mellow bonefishing and finish in British Columbia, where Scott and Kara swing for steel on the Dean River.
The film has been produced with generous support from Deneki Outdoors and Rapids Camp Lodge. You can check out their website here:
Orvis has kindly sponsored the film, but watch out - their rods are so sweet they can give you diabetes: orvis.com
THOSE MOMENTS is filmed and edited by Kokkaffe's Peter Christensen. Feel free to drop a message here on Vimeo or by e-mail to peterachristensen(a)gmail.com with comments or questions.
The full feature will be shown exclusively in North America at the coming year's Fly Fishing Film Tour. Tickets and information available here: flyfilmtour.com
Additional footage has been filmed by Shane Anderson. Check out his amazing steelhead documentary WILD REVERENCE. More info here: northforkstudios.net
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