Bonus “Good Works” Mini Film Festival

As you surely know by now, we post a Friday Film Festival each week, featuring the best videos from around the world. This week, in addition to all the action-filled productions, there were three really great videos about conservation and using fly fishing to help people. I thought these deserved to be presented on their own.

The first video is the trailer for an upcoming video from  Chad Brown of Soul River Runs Wild, one of the winners of the inaugural Orvis Breaking Barriers Awards given out at the 2015 Orvis Guide Rendezvous. Last August, Chad and four volunteers brought 19 inner-city kids to Alaska for an incredible adventure that had a powerful effect on all involved.

Next up is a wonderful look at the Little Truckee River Fish Habitat Improvement Project, which added over 100 trees, 250 large boulders and excavate new backwater habitats on over three miles of the Little Truckee River, a world-class wild trout fishery loved by many. The side-by-side comparisons of pre- and post-restoration are remarkable.

Finally, we have the story of Jay Pistano, the Snake River Ambassador, in his quest to protect the water he loves. There’s a special message for fly fishermen, who need to ensure that they don’t love their water to death.

4 thoughts on “Bonus “Good Works” Mini Film Festival”

  1. “To Teach or Not to Teach”
    Comment re: recent Steelhead podcast

    I’m sending this comment in response to a listener’s suggestion that Tom Rosenbauer is too didactic, spoke too slowly,  and spent too much time explaining the ‘basics’ in good podcasts.

    My recommendation, to keep it short and sweet, is DON’T CHANGE A THING. 
    Honestly, there were many times that I thought of calling in to tell you what a joy it is to listen to you. 
    I love how precise you are in your selection of words. How you pay special attention to provide background on comments made by your guests when they sometimes take for granted that the listener understands what they are taking about.
    The care you take to provide caveats to assure your listeners don’t extrapolate information to scenarios where it may not be relevant is just perfect. So, please continue to do what you do as you’ve been doing it. 

    On a separate note,  I was equally astonished to hear the comment that the podcasts are designed to sell product. That too is something I really appreciate about the podcasts,  i.e. they don’t come off like an infomercial, as do most fishing or hunting shows on TV.

    The fact is, you frequently tell folks about alternatives that are either less costly or that is something they can rig up themselves.  Such as making a casting basket using a bungee cord and rubbermaid wash basin for fishing the surf! Or when you told a listener that if they were going to over-line their rod for small stream fishing, where short casts are the norm, they don’t need to buy a premium line.

    That being said,  I know I’ve spent a lot more at Orvis since I began listening to your podcasts.  But I feel I’m making better purchases as a result. So maybe the ‘down-selling’ is a good marketing strategy after all.  😉

    Hope to see you on the water some day. 

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