Chanos Chanos (Milkfish)
Nearly three hundred miles southeast of Mahé, Seychelles lies far-flung Alphonse Island and adjacent to it, St. François Lagoon. This is remote, even for the Indian Ocean. Alphonse, one of the famed saltwater destinations of the planet, is by most accounts home to the most prolific bonefish fishery in the world.
In addition to abundant bonefish (ranging in size from 3 to 8 pounds) there are three species of triggerfish, five species of trevally and a plethora of other flats and offshore species. Perhaps the most challenging fish to catch is the fabled milkfish, a turbo-charged algae eater growing to 40 pounds. It is therefore no surprise that the Alphonse Guide Team have not only caught these amazing and very secretive fish, but also pioneered the techniques which have allowed these vegetarian and notoriously difficult fish to be caught. It’s hard to accurately describe the sheer speed, breathtaking acrobatics and technical prowess needed to convert a fly cast to a connection with this greatly unknown species. So, our team traveled to this remote location and filmed it. This short film will play in the 2016 Fly Fishing Film Tour and will mark the first time the milkfish is featured in this capacity on the big screen.
What criteria indicate the best saltwater destination on the planet? Variety of species? Remoteness? Stunning landscapes and natural, untouched ecosystems? Yes, all of the above. While the very best saltwater destination is debatable, the footage in this production speaks for itself. From giant trevally crushing flies in the shallows, to capturing the process of landing the acrobatic milkfish – this saltwater fly fishing video will leave crowds on the edge of their seats – and thirsty for more footage. Just the way we like it.
Turning Points North: Canada
Consider the popularity and variety of the technically-challenging and somewhat “elite” gamefish available to today’s angler — permit, steelhead and a growing number of impossibly-difficult species. These “glamour fish” can overshadow traditional and more common warm water species. With this in mind, our production team initially questioned if a film about Northern Pike could stand its ground in today’s media space. We came to the conclusion that Northern Pike are probably not going to blow viewers away unless we traveled to the best location in the world and caught the largest, most aggressive fish on the planet. Which is exactly what we did. Starring Jeff Currier and Ron Striker.
Jungle Angler: The Legend of El Dorado
The history of fly fishing dates back hundreds of years, evident in many of its contemporary traditions. Fly fishing in the jungle has a much shorter narration, but deep in the jungle lies an emerging history, known only to the native peoples of the South American forests. These Indian Nations, each with unique traditions and varying world views, harmonize with mutual respect for their natural environments. Join us on a quest for the legendary golden dorado on fly in the Bolivian jungle.