Last October, on a blue-bird, 80 degree day, a handful of amazing, iconic anglers hooked up to fish a beautiful Montana spring creek and talk about the single largest threat to America’s trout fishing.
Steve Hemkens of Orvis drove over from Jackson Hole. Photographer extraordinaire Tim Romano flew up from Colorado. Craig Mathews of Blue Ribbon Flies made the short drive from his Madison Valley home. Yvon Chouinard of Patagonia flew in from … well, I honestly don’t have any idea where Yvon flew in from. All I can say for sure is that he was there.
We all hung out and fished, and we all shared our thoughts with film-maker Jeremy Roberts about the most important threat to our landscapes and trout streams: climate change.
COLD WATERS was born on October 8th, not far from Ennis, Montana.
Since then, a whole bunch of people have seen the film. It went around the country as part of the 2015 Fly Fishing Film Tour. The outdoor press gave it a big thumbs up. A U.S. Senator stood on the Senate floor and told people to watch the film. Why? Because if you love to fish, climate change is the single biggest issue out there.
Here’s a news flash. 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded. 2015 is going to break that record. Wildfires are chewing through the American West, while salmon are dying from high water temperatures on the way back to their natal streams and floods of biblical proportions are playing ping-pong with some of the most extreme droughts we’ve ever seen here in the U.S. Last month - July, 2015 - was the hottest month ever recorded.
Like it or not, you have skin in the game. We all do.
Which is why we’re making another movie. We’re going to film CHROME in BC next month. The plan is for six of us - a true All-Star cast - to fish for wild British Columbia steelhead in (where else?) the wilds of British Columbia. Film-maker Jeremy Roberts is set to work his magic again.
Will the steelhead fishing be incredible? We sure hope so. Will we tell folks why climate change and ocean acidification are existential threats to our steelhead and salmon? You can bet on it. Will CHROME be even more successful than COLD WATERS? We’re keeping our fingers crossed …
So the question is whether you’re willing to help make our new film a reality. As of today, we’re about $15,000 short of our minimum fund-raising goal. With that in mind, we just started a crowdfunding campaign for CHROME on CrowdRise.
If you believe in what we’re doing, please throw a few bucks in the kitty. Tell your friends and your fishing partners, too. And we’ll do our damnedest to make a great movie; a movie that grabs your attention and won’t let go, that moves the needle on climate change, that stands up for our kids, and for future generations - and that makes you proud to be a fly fisher.
Please help us. Support CHROME.