I don’t know when you were birthed into the fly fishing world; but I fear if it has been in the last couple of years you may have been missing out on some very important fly fishing viewing. They used to be the Angling Exploration Group (now reconstructed or reformed or maybe even started entirely new as MOTIV FISHING) and you can make the case that these guys can be blamed for the start of what has become the Fly Fishing Film Tours. That is if you can call being blamed for awesomeness,being blamed at all.
Their recent project is called GEOFISH Mexico Volume 1. The first of 7 films, recorded in 7 years covering 7 continents. I hope they survive it all…but we will get back to GEOFISH in a later post.
For now you have some catching up to do. As the Angling Exploration Group these guys put together some films that really started all of the exploration fly fishing filming you see today. Maybe I should say they started capturing their fly fishing experiences in a whole new way for entertainment purposes which revolutionized the fly fishing film business. Both statements would be correct. What they did as AEG was truly game changing. I remember watching Trout Bum Diaries 1 in Patagonia and thinking, “These guys just changed everything.” Every year upon their newest release I would pick up a copy and watch it over and over again. It became the background music in our living room. My young children grew familiar with the AEG faces and loved watching these movies just as much as they loved watching Sesame Street. Win-Win.
But I digress. Let me get to the point. These are must watch movies. Like a great book start at the beginning and get to know the characters as you watch some amazing fish and fishing.
Descriptions from the MOTIV FISHING WEBSITE
THE TROUT BUM DIARIES VOL 1: PATAGONIA
Experience the journey, adventure, and lifestyle of four trout bums on an epic five month fly fishing expedition across Patagonia. Do 5 pound brook trout in a creepy forest appeal to you? Broken windows and snapped axles? Uniquely-colored brown trout from a windswept spring creek? Stripping mice for big rainbows with the ghosts of Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid? Horse-packing into remote rivers? Tierra Del Fuego and the sea-run browns of the south? Enter a new breed of fly fishing entertainment.
- DVD Release Date: December 20, 2005
- Run Time: 99 minutes
THE TROUT BUM DIARIES VOL 2: KIWI CAMO
Prepare yourself for 75 minutes of pure fly fishing insanity with Trout Bum Diaries Vol 2: Kiwi Camo. In this installment, the usual suspects of the Angling Exploration Group take you on a hair-curling 4 month expedition into New Zealand’s shadowland as they attempt to seduce the world’s largest & most elusive backcountry brown trout. In addition to the non-stop trials & triumphs of these angling addicts, Kiwi Camo delivers a behind the scenes look into what drives the seemingly crazy trout-bum lifestyle. If you enjoyed TBD v1: Patagonia, this one is sure to hook you instantly.
- DVD Release Date: March 13, 2007
- Run Time: 75 minutes
FISH BUM VOL I: RIVER WOLF
AEG Media’s third feature film, FISH BUM VOL I: RIVER WOLF is packed with extraordinary footage and never before seen river systems hidden deep within the remote reaches of inner Mongolia. AEG Fish Bums: Chris Owens, Thad Robison, Justin Crump and Brian Jill embark on an adventure covering unexplored territory on horseback, camel, bush vehicles and hiking boots all in the search for the largest known trout in the world, the Taimen; a fish of legendary myths and proportions. The vast beauty of Mongolia, the scenery, nature, culture and people that surround the crew is an irresistible experience. Follow along as they search to unlock the secrets, struggles and successes in their attempt to find this elusive fish, as well as examine the threats imposed on this creature from pre-historic times.
- DVD Release Date: March 25, 2008
- Run Time: 70 minutes
FISH BUM VOL II: METALHEAD
The last in the series from AEG (Trout Bum Diaries), FISH BUM VOL II: METALHEAD chronicles the epic journey of five fish bums and their friends as they travel to remote Northwestern wilderness in search of legendary steelhead; the hottest freshwater fish you can catch on a fly rod and also a fish whose survival hangs in the balance. Filmed as an adventure documentary, the fish bums face the challenges of mother-nature, border police and Giardia. This untamed and majestic land offers the best opportunity for an angler to hook into a wild trophy steelhead. If you are lucky enough to land one these incredible fish, you will be forever changed. Follow the dedication, obsession and insanity that drive steelheaders to pursue a fish that is not in the river to feed, a fish known as Metalhead.
- DVD Release Date: February 16, 2010
- Run Time: 109 minutes