Our friend Joshua Rickard from Firestone, CO, has been hard at work creating a new fly fishing film that highlights opportunities for adventuresome anglers in the Rocky Mountain National Park. The film is being released very soon, and I was lucky enough to be selected by Joshua to get an early sneak peek at his creation.
If you have any familiarity with us Flatlander idiots, you know that both Shane and I have traveled to RMNP to fish. We both think very highl…OK, I miss it. I yearn for it. It’s the most amazing fishing adventure I’ve ever had. When I tell people about the trip I quickly fail to explain the beauty of fishing in the Park. Yes, the Park itself is a majestic creation that even Ansel Adams can’t capture on paper. The real beauty is the presence of being there. The sights, sounds, remoteness, raw-ness, the wild, the wildlife, including the prettiest little trout I’ve ever seen.
So, when you send me a video about fishing in a place that I regard so highly, I’ll prepare myself to be underwhelmed.
Joshua’s film came to me on a DVD with a handwritten label in a modest padded envelope. Dinner was over. Kids were cleaned up, ready for bed, and we were all just lounging around. I put the DVD in the player in the living room, expecting to have to wear headphones to stay focused on what I’m watching. Not the case. Within the first couple shots of the film both kids turned their heads to see what was on. A few shots after that I had a five year old and a two year old on my lap, eyes glued to the TV. My lovely wife sat down a few minutes later and suddenly we’re having a family film viewing – that never happens here.
The Fly Fishing Rocky Mountain National Park film doesn’t have much dialogue. There’s not much in there that I would consider instruction, or advice. It’s inspired images of a beautiful place, featuring a few individuals doing what they love to do. Joshua highlights several select fishing locations that aren’t difficult to find on a map. The thing that sets this apart from other fly fishing films, or destination videos, is that Joshua doesn’t outline the steps you should take to set yourself up for a trip to RMNP. This film isn’t going to list all of the gear you’ll need to backpack the Park. You’re not going to find a list of flies and tippets to carry along. What it does is genuinely encapsulate the experience of fishing for beautiful fish in one of the most beautiful places in the world. The adventure of fishing the Park is up to you.
My son wouldn’t stop bugging me about taking him to fish there. Eventually. In all honesty this film was bittersweet for me. I loved fishing RMNP. Loved it. Shane and I talk about going back there every time that we speak to each other. It will happen. Eventually. Until then, I will miss it. Certainly I’ll keep Joshua’s film close by the DVD player so that I can live vicariously through it.
Whether you are considering a trip to RMNP or not, Fly Fishing Rocky Mountain National Park is a must-see. You don’t watch movies like these to particularly learn about a location or how to fish it. You watch this to feel like you are fishing.
You can learn more about Joshua, his work and his film at rockymountainflyfisher.com