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I have really been enjoying the new series Fly Fusion TV on World Fishing Network (WFN) airing on Tuesdays at 8:30 PM ET. In my humble opinion it is the best fly fishing show to come along in a long long time. Not since Jim McLennan hosted Iron Blue Fly Fishing has a series had the content and the intellectual content that I look for (one of my favorite fly fishing show episodes ever was Jim and his young daughter out for a day of fishing together) in an outdoors program. Don’t get me wrong I like to see the excitement of the rise and take on the dry fly as much as the next guy, what I can do with out is the constant grip and grin poses, the phony excitement complete with elevated voices, screams and high fives on every fish.
Jim and Derek do a great job of hosting and engaging in good, relevant casual conversation that one would find on the river between any two friends out for a good day of fishing and camaraderie.
The cinematography is fantastic and nothing short of what one would find in very good documentaries or Hollywood movies and the back drop of the Canadian Rocky mountains doesn’t hurt the eyes. The show hasn’t overused the new technologies of sliders, time lapse photography or drones which could be very easy to do these days. The quality is top notch and not something that any body is going to confuse with a YouTube or Vimeo released production.
Season 1 is comprised of six episodes:
Cohosts Jim McLennan and Derek Bird team up with guide Paul Samycia in search of Kootenay River bull trout. They face serious challenges as the early spring weather is anything but cooperative, but they eventually discover exactly what they originally desired to find: large bull trout hungry for deeply swung streamers.
With over 7 billion people on the planet, it’s difficult to find places where the water runs cold and clear and where the human footprint is nearly non-existent. Jim, Derek, and Paula (Fly Fusion’s social media editor) helicopter into one of these places, and what they find far exceeds their expectations. In fact, the fly fishing is so good they can’t help but keep it a secret.
Answering the ‘Why’ Question
Fly fishing is definitely not the easiest way to fool a trout, so why do people choose to chase trout this way? Join four of Fly Fusion’s editors as they float down one of British Columbia’s most renown and scenic rivers and dry-fly fish for westslope cutthroat, all the while grappling with why it is they’ve dedicated their lives to this unique pastime.
The Lifelong Angler
Deep in Canada’s Rocky Mountains, the Upper Elk River twists and turns and meanders before it eventually connects with a larger drainage. In its headwaters the trout are numerous and eagerly take well-presented dry flies. In this nostalgic episode, the cohosts float the small stream and are reminded few pastimes exist that rival the draw of fly fishing.
A long drive down backcountry logging roads places Jim, Derek and Paula (Fly Fusion’s social media editor) into a basin where no other soul exists. They travel the proverbial extra mile and find large trout that have not seen artificial flies in years. The eager trout make for stunning cinematography and an unforgettable day on the water.
In this episode the hosts cast both traditional patterns and oversized foam flies for westslope cutthroat on the St. Mary’s River, a picturesque freestone stream originating from the Columbia Mountain Range in southeastern British Columbia. During their float trip through large canyons and unique clay structures, they discuss some of the different stereotypes associated with fly anglers.
I for one hope that WFN renews Fly fusion TV for a second season. I have heard that April Vokey’s Shorelines has not been picked up season 2 which is a shame and it would be a double shame if FF TV is not renewed. Here’s hoping.
If you haven’t seen the program take a chance. It just may be your cup of fly fishing tea.