Written by RC Cone
[Editor’s note: Back in July, we introduced you to a cool new fly-fishing film, Tributaries, from RC Cone, which is in production now. (Check out that post here.) Recently, we got RC’s latest update and a bunch of gorgeous photos from his ongoing adventure. I can’t wait to see the finished film.]
Bahamas to Iceland. I was looking for contrasts and I found ’em. On some of the nastier days, I wore every single piece of clothing I had under my waders and jacket. My flip-flops were about as useful as a bikini in Antarctica, yet I didn’t want to leave.
Iceland has become one of my top three favorite places in the world: a European/American mash-up of a culture that absolutely retains its unique qualities. (Think about the musicians: Sigur Ros and Mum). Just 330,000 people inhabit the island, which is mostly green, likely foggy, pastoral valleys, with craggy, steep snow-covered mountains and, simply put, big, mean salmon.
Siggi, my guide in Iceland, likes to laugh. Big jokes accompanied by a big laugh for a big guy. The fly he invented, the Hauger, is in most guides’ fly boxes around the country. He’s said to me over many cups of morning coffee: “You’re only ready to fish when you’re ready to fish.” He’s never in a hurry. Except when he’s fighting a fish. I’ve heard it called the “Siggi Sway”: He tugs on fish like a goddamn Viking pillages a town, with absolute conviction and zero hesitation.
Iceland’s style is to hitch super-small flies and take salmon on the top. It’s an incredible sight, watching a big, angry salmon chase down a moving fly.
I’m on a small recharge in the states, and then I head to Argentina for almost three months. I plan on doing some post-production work and Spanish tutoring, until their fishing season opens on November 10. Expect a trailer soon!
Tributaries is a fly-fishing film of contrast and commonality. It will be debuting on the 2014 Fly-Fishing Film Tour. Click here for more information.