Great film, really enjoyed it. I have 1 brother and we used to fish the rivers back home for anything. Tape our rods to our bikes, use nuts and bolts for weight, fish just about everyday after school. Catch brown trout or suckers, really didn’t matter, it was fishing. Times I’ll never forget.
Very very cool! My brother is my best friend, so I can relate. We have had adventures chasing birds all over the Dakotas, to trout fish all over Idaho Washington and Montana. He isn’t gangster enough for Steelheading!
Thanks for sharing your story and a great video!
Best of wishes to you guys from another brother from Yakima
I'm an only child, but I truly say that my steelheading friends are the closest to brothers I have. There is an unmistakeable bond we all share. Wonderful story and wonderful film in a time when I feel many fishing films are missing the mark. Can't wait to go chase some winter steel!
Part of this film at the beginning made me think about how I have complained with my fishing buddies many times about “maybe we live in wrong time for this particular passion” - the part where he talked about keeping at it in the mere hope. There is a quote from Russell Chatham, the artist and essayist at the end of the movie “Rivers of a Lost Coast” where he says something like the Steelhead and Salmon numbers on the rivers he has known have fallen so much since the time he started that quote “it’s not worth it to fish for a whole day and catch only one one or two fish”. For most of us these days catching just one fish in a day is full success. I suppose there IS something ennobling about really having to work and even suffer some in the environment for this passion. And there was certainly a certain crassness of the behaviors of the “fun hogs” of the golden era in the PNW, to use a term coined by another great essayist Jack Turner, not that this was the only, or even the main reason for the decline. So yeah, when I’m really forcing myself to be positive I think about the “ennobling” aspect. Other times I admit I feel like I’m just a member of a masochistic cult.
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