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Hot off the presses today is issue #19 of Catch Magazine. As is the case with all the previous issues of Catch, this latest issue is chocked full of photographic brilliance, exceedingly well done videos and rich stories. If you're not already familiar with Catch Magazine, become so. Self coined 'The Official Journal of Fly Fishing Photography and Film', the online-only magazine doesn't overstate its own title. The pages of Catch Magazine offer up some of the most inspiring visual representations of the sport you're likely to find anywhere.

This latest issue includes photographs and video from Wyoming, Alaska, and the Pacific Northwest as well as the first in a new photography series called "The Colors of Fly Fishing". This month's color is red, and features a collection of photographs from a variety of locations and photographers.

After the long overdue recent relaunch of their main web site, Sage is introducing a new blog and features section called "The Current". The site will be a source for gear-heads to get news on what Sage is currently up to from a gear perspective, but will also offer viewers quality content in the form of features on destinations as well as Sage-sponsored films.

The destinations are exotic, designed to make most fisherman salivate. While some are what you'd expect, such as Patagonia, others aren't. There is a current article on the Monami River in the Japan Alps as well as trip features from South Africa, Australia and the Indian Himalayas planned for this year. The photographs presented with each feature offer an often stunning view of these destinations, and the articles themselves offer insight into fishing and life in truly exotic locations that Sage calls some of the "world's best."

While digging up some information for a recent post on how I can't stop watching Felt Soul Media's Eastern Rises, I came across a recent video about Scott Fly Rods. Felt Soul produced this video, what they're calling a "marketing documentary", for Scott fly rods to give outsiders a glimpse into the company's workings and ideals. Though I'd call "marketing documentary" a euphemism for "really good commercial", the video is -- unsurprisingly -- very well done, offers a glimpse inside a great American rod making operation and is a pleasure to watch. Complete with a couple token Frank Smethurst appearances.

Just in case you’ve been stuck in a cave for the past six months and haven’t heard, the price of genetic hackle has gone through the roof. As you likely know, the fairer sex (and Steven Tyler) have taken to weaving our prized hackle into their hair as a fashion craze. If you're anything like I was, you're sitting on the sidelines pissing and moaning about how you either can't find the hackle you need or aren't willing to pay the going rates. If you are, wake up and get in the game, before it's too late.

OMG! Don't I look totally beautiful???

Eastern Rises is old news. It wasn't Felt Soul Media's first film. I can't say if it was their best (I haven't seen them all). In the months that followed its release at last year's Telluride Mountain Film Festival, in May, it was all the rage. But it was released over a year ago, so why talk about it now?

For one thing, that rage was well deserved. Eastern Rises is a trip-diary of sorts, detailing the excursion of a group of fly fisherman as they travel across Russia to chase trout on the Kamchatka peninsula. Not only does the film offer up an amazing view of what are inarguably the world's best trout fishing rivers, it is simply a great film. The cinematography is excellent, the characters are interesting and often quite funny, and Ben Knight's witty narration never gets old. Showing someone who doesn't understand fanatical fly fishing Eastern Rises is so much more effective than stumbling while trying to find the words to describe our shared obsession.

Eastern Rises Movie