The Our Two Hands Kickstarter features 5 signed and personalized copies of Dec Hogans "A Passion for Steelehead". Get one to expand your library or gift it to a fellow spey fisherman all in the name of supporting the film and spreading the word about this magnificent sport and the health of the Steelhead and Salmon.
Building a body of knowledge around your fishing is the best asset tool in your tool box. There is plenty of literature out there about how to do it the right way, what flies to use, how to cast further, mend correctly and position yourself in the right places. What's tough is weeding through the BS and narrowing your focus on the best possible information to get the most out of your fishing time. May we all be so lucky to have a large chunk of freedom to figure out this complex sport and make the most out of our time on the water. The reality is we have lives, families and jobs. Set yourself up for success by studying the literature of the professionals and go home feeling like you fished that run the most effective way possible.
In comes Dec Hogan and his pinnacle theories on swinging flies for Steelhead. "A Passion for Steelhead" is a great place to start for beginners and and experts. The book begins with a great story about the physiology and biology of the fish and what they go through to achieve their natural goals. Understanding how we intercept these fish, where they've been, how they mature and why they take the fly are pieces of the process that often get overlooked. We get so excited about catching, we for get about how it all comes together. We can all become better fisher-people from understanding why pieces worked and why some didn't. Many of the factors that go into hooking and landing these magnificent fish are overlooked and Dec does a great job at putting them in context for the novice fisherman and experienced spey-geek.
Dec's words are derived from thousands of hours fishing and guiding in the PNW for chrome. His stories bring personality to the quest and his instructions on casting, fly tying and fishing the swung fly are unmatched. For modern day steelheadders that are finding their passage through the journey of swinging flies, do yourself a favor and pick up the bible from the Our Two Hands Kickstarter and feel confidence flood your body the next time you step into the run.
WE ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THE LAUNCH OF THE 30 DAY KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN FOR
"OUR TWO HANDS"
PLEASE VISIT THE PAGE, WATCH THE TRAILER, READ THE STORY, REVIEW THE REWARD TIERS AND
CONTRIBUTE TO THE FUTURE OF THIS FILM.
If you fish shooting heads you probably have a favorite. The one that has dialed in your two-hander and turned your blobs loops into lasers. Matching the taper, grain weight and head length to your rod, and fitting it to the fishing conditions and your preferences can take a bit of tinkering, but when you get it.. man o' man. It's a game changer! You are making casts where you need to, your confidence goes way up and your getting the fly where it needs to be.
We have a few favorites of our own. In the PNW Winter Steelhead game, Skagit is king. We love both the Skagit Compact from Airflo and Skagit Extreme from SA. The are both powerful and effortless if lined correctly with the rod of choice. It can make a long day of pulling heavy T-Tips out of the troughs and blasting 80 footers to the crease far less of a task. Don't get us wrong, we love traditional spey lines, but shooting heads rule on smaller coastal rivers, for turning over big flies and their versatility in variable flows is unmatched. The right shooting head can make a long week of searching for chrome seem much more manageable and productive.
On Monday, 6/16, we will be offering 100 shooting heads of your choice from Airflo Fly Lines and Scientific Anglers. Skagits, Switch heads and Scandi's will be available when you contribute to the Our Two Hands Kickstarter Campaign at the 150.00$ level. The prize package includes a copy of the DVD, a Thank You in the films credits, a code to participate in an exclusive pre-screening of the film and special access to a password protected Kickstarter Backer Only content site. The site will feature unreleased content, original music downloads, interviews with the film's characters and product giveaways throughout the project.
If you know you need a new line, or are new to the spey game we are happy to direct you to whichever line may fit you and your rod best. Please don't be a stranger. No question is a dumb question. Ask us which line is right for you and we can match up your rod with the right grain weight and taper. Check our Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and Blood & Guts for the link to the Kickstarter Campaign on Monday, 6/23. These will go quick!
Tim Gelinas of Farlex Reels was generous enough to donate a 3 3/4'', two way check, s-handle spey reel to the Our Two Hands Kickstarter.
The reel will be listed with a running line and shooting head or traditional line of the purchaser's choice from Airflo or Scientific Anglers. Check out what Tim has to say about this spectacular hand-made reel in the video below.
Several of the guides in the film fish with Farlex Reels. They are classic, the click is all the drag you need, and that sound...oh man, that sound. Click, click, cliiicck, and off to the races. If you have had your eyes on one of these look no further than our Kickstarter. Add a one of a kind reel to your collection and support the film!
The Our Two Hands Kickstarter starts 6/23 and concludes 7/23. We only have one of these reels listed as a reward on the campaign so don't hesitate and miss out on a great deal and opportunity to contribute to this project.
My first two handed rod was a Winston. It was given to me by a buddy when I first started in the industry both guiding and working at Western Rivers Flyfisher. I spent hours and hours, watching sunsets down at the local duck pond practicing casts, dialing in lines and building my confidence for the upcoming fall steelhead trip with the shop boys.
After the casting bug got into my bloodstream, I wanted to throw anything I could get my hands on. Over the last few years I have cast a multitude of different two handed rods and have always come back to my trusty green sticks. When I held the new 7133 I immediately noticed the handle shape. I have always liked the smaller and streamlined cork that Winston uses. It just feels comfortable and ergonomic in the palm and makes clutching a 13’ 3’’ rod much nicer during that 7th hour of bombing loops and waiting for a tug. The overall weight and notably the distribution of that weight in the 7133 is interesting. It feels substantial in the butt section, which I really noticed helped keep my stroke compact and consistent. The rod tracks well during the cast and allows the bottom hand to freely find leverage on the forward stroke.
I have a fair amount of experience with the cult favorite 7133 BIIX and was worried that the BIIITH wouldn’t hold it’s own next to it’s older sibling. I loved the BIIX for it’s versatility to seamlessly switch from shooting head lines to mid-bellies and longer traditional lines. The BIIITH follows along it’s side with a modern feel of power and punch. The BIIITH is substantially faster than its predecessor, which has added length to my casts as well as accuracy.
The rod fights fish well. Since the overall feel of the rod is faster than its predecessor, I was worried it wouldn't respond well to subtle eats and big head shakes, but once the fish is connected the rod stays in line, holds its foundation and reacts with the fishes fight. The tip is no limp noodle! The last section of the rod packs punch while still responding delicately to soft plucks and bumps through the swing. The stout butt section of the BIIITH helps when landing fish in fast current, battling through crosswinds and putting the wood to bulldogging chromers.
Everyone knows Winston has always made great fly rods. In my opinion there are very few companies making single handed and two handed rods like they used to. The movement towards super fast rods had me worried that my favorite rod companies would soon follow suit. Winston has struck a great compromise with the BIIITH. The rods are not only modern and powerful, but they maintain the feel, flex and soul that green sticks have always been famous for.
We have spent the last 6 months documenting the passionate community fly anglers, interviewing leaders in conservation, and capturing the complicated, urgent and alternative issues that surround the Salmon and Steelhead. With your help we believe we can bring a greater awareness to not only the fishing communities, but a much larger audience. This film is entrenched with true emotion and realistic views on what the future holds for these fish if there is no change, as well as the creative ways people and fish are going around the stagnant, poisonous management policies that have stood firm in steelhead country for years.
We are gearing up to launch a Kickstarter campaign for our new film. The campaign will feature a theatrical trailer from our first few rounds of filming in the Pacific Northwest. Here are some stills from the first round of shooting in Oregon with Mia and Marty Sheppard of Oregon Steelhead / Little Creek Outfitters, Brian Silvey of Silvey's Fly Fishing, Tom Larimer of Larimer Outfitters to name a few. Take a look at the Kickstarter preview to get an idea about the project and the amazing reward tiers.
From the Kickstarter...
"Our Two Hands" is an investigation into our societies complex and intimate relationship to fly fishing for Salmonids. How did we arrive at this crossroads of conservation and sportsmanship and what are the creative alternatives to the currently flawed management practices for Salmon and Steelhead?
Please help us create awareness of the campaign
starting June 23rd and concluding on July 23rd.
STAY TUNED 3 DAYS BEFORE THE CAMPAIGN GOES LIVE FOR A PREVIEW LINK TO THE KS. GET A HEAD START ON MAKING YOURSELF AWARE OF THE PROJECT AND GETTING TO KNOW THE REWARD TIERS.
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Fly rods and their impact on fly-fishing and the experience we’ve come to enjoy has morphed over the years and now more so than over the past decade. In the ever changing world of fast action fly rods R.L. Winston has stuck to its roots and developed a rod that bridges the gap between modern fly rod flexes and traditional technique. Enter the R.L. Winston BIII LS.
For a long time Winston has produced trout rods that have a full flexing profile, catering to the angler who revels in the cast, the presentation and the simplicity of a single dry fly. As our sport has grown, fly-fishing with a single dry fly has slowly been pushed aside in response to the various creative ways anglers have engineered to catch fish with a fly rod. It's not that the single dry fly doesn't catch fish anymore, but precise overhead casts, well timed mends and delicate presentations are not the name of the game for many modern flyfishers. Finding a fly rod that loads in close with a dry fly, can turn over a light nymph rig and that can efficiently present a dry-dropper or small bugger is not an easy task, and I believe that the BIII LS fly rod is the first trout rod in the Winston line up that fits into this diverse category.
The Winston BIII LS fly rod has backbone. The BIII LS features Boron III technology which reduces weight throughout the length of the rod while still providing sensitivity, quick response and power throughout the cast. The LS tracks well with little recoil, even when making longer casts. I love this Winston rod for places like Silver Creek and the Henry's Fork where mornings are calm and the afternoons are blustery. The fish don't care that the wind came up, but they do care when your fly is dragging from a badly executed cast or drift. Being able to battle through the breeze and be confident that your equipment can handle what nature throws at you during your day on the water lets you focus on finding that next fish and making an edible presentation.
Big fish, small flies and light tippet. Need I say more? For me, it's about the process. The Winston LS excels in precise casting situations long or short with fish of all sizes, but its ability to protect tippet and put the wood to fish during big runs, fierce head shakes and tough landings is unlike any other rod in the Winston line up.
I'm a big fan of slow rods that throw dry flies like butter and bend to the cork, but they are not my everyday tool for conquering a variety of conditions that I may experience on my local ditch. The R.L. Winston BIII LS is a great all around stick that would fit into any experienced anglers quiver, but would also serve as a great tool for the single rod owner who's ol' trusty must serve a variety of purposes on the water.
CHECK OUT THE VIDEO FOR MORE INFO ON THE BIII LS
Fly fishing has forever been personified by tweed hats, spectacles, fat wallets and private property. The “sport” which was once for the wealthy and well to do has evolved into a broad spectrum of adventuring anglers in search of a unique experience with fly rod in hand. My favorite part about the fly fishing lifestyle is the places it brings me and the people and environments that characterize those places. I have found myself more and more putting down the fly rod and picking up the camera to document what makes fly fishing so special to me.
I fish and travel because of my attraction to the process of fly fishing. The planning, scouting, surprises and unknowns. I love to document what leads up to catching that big fish and what emotions follow after it is released. At this point for me and the other guys I fish with, catching a fish is a bonus. I once heard someone say, “Catching fish is the goal, but not the point”. The “point” has much more to do with injecting ones self into the environment and succumbing and adhering to process.
Fly fisher people hold themselves to a code of ethics or a way of doing things. At the foundation of my code, is the health and well being of the fish and it’s habitat. In my short lifetime I have seen streams that were once healthy turn to sterile, channelized irrigation ditches. More and more these places are viewed as resources and their intrinsic values are thrown to the wind. The fish are for harvest, the water is for power, drinking, and the waterways are for transport and commerce. Our rivers and fish are valuable within themselves. The communities that line the river bank are the stewards of these places and act as the voice of the rivers and fish. The environmental issues and communities need a platform in which to find common ground and start problem solving.
We have been investigating the communities and the science surrounding Steelhead and Salmon returns in western North America. The fly fishing guides, shop owners, conservationists, common folk and politicians are all fighting for current and future management of the water ways and Steelhead and Salmon in the region. Fisheries programs, dams, and politics are a few of the threats to finding a sustainable solution for these majestic fish and the communities and small scale economies that rely on their health and well being.
You always have to be ready and rolling when working on a project like this. Whether it’s someone hooking a fish, saying something important or documenting wildlife, the camera has to be charged and ready. It takes preparation and power to keep equipment rolling and charged while hiking up remote tributaries, cruising at 35 MPH on jet boats and long days shooting on the water. The PNW in the winter is a wet place and direct sunlight is hard to come by. We relied on what little sunlight we had to power our devices. Our 4am wake-up times, dark packing sessions, sunrise and sunset time lapses and shoot set ups all depended on light and power. Without our Goal Zero gear we would be wet, cold and out of juice. Goal Zero keeps us lit, powered and focused on capturing the story and narrative during this complex project.
Guest post written by Asher Koles of Bloodknots.com
Asher and Brandon of Bloodknots Fly Fishing grabbed their spey rods and film gear, met up with their buddy Brian Roller of Twig Media Lab and headed to a few of the pinnacle steelhead rivers in Oregon.....
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