In 2014 members of the Beattie Outdoor Productions crew set out to create what was then considered by most to be a crazy concept: a documentary fly fishing film about the carp. Yes, that’s right. Carp. Over the course of a year, team members Austin Trayser, RA Beattie and Steven Yochum traveled the USA filming passionate carp anglers around the states. From California to Illinois, and numerous locations inbetween, we documented some truly amazing locations.
One of our all time favorite fly fishing magazines is The Drake. Owner & editor Tom Bie recently published a great little vignette on the Green Drake – a prolific insect which hatches in stunning numbers on various trout streams – and drives anglers and trout wild. RA Beattie was honored to write a short blurb about this legendary insect.
The Beattie Productions / Off the Grid Studios Crew is hitting the road June 19th to shoot a fly fishing film for the 2016 Fly Fishing Film Tour. Our team has partnered with Adventure Destinations International to stalk the largest northern pike in the Northern Hemisphere.
It’s human nature to conjure images of a new destination. Our ability to project is nothing short of astounding: We imagine what a place might look like, what adventures will emerge and what story will unfold. All we really know is that Saskatchewan is tough to spell and that we’re heading to its northern wilds this week.
A quick map glance reveals large swathes of road-less territory. More than 100,000 lakes dot the north country of Saskatchewan. We’ll be fishing some of the most remote bodies of water in North America. Adventure Destinations runs three fishing lodges and six outpost camps in Central and Northern Saskatchewan, all of which offer access to some of the most pristine and untouched angling on the planet. Using float planes, we’ll jump from lake-to-lake and camp-to-camp. Last year the outfitters broke a long-standing lake record, when a client landed a 53-inch pike.
One of our key projects every year is the creation of content for the fly fishing film tour. Our company has been creating movies for this awesome and exciting event for almost a decade. In fact, we’ve had media in the film tour every year since it started. This year, we had two films in the tour – Mongolia: A Fly Fishing Evolution and CARPLAND.
Our crew travels regionally to view the film screening at theaters around the Pacific Northwest, but we’re always super excited to catch the film in our home town of Bend, OR. The films played to two sold out crowds, two nights in a row, at the beautiful Tower Theater.
The 2015 fly fishing film tour kicked off last weekend and our crew was on hand for the festivities. The venue was unreal. Check the image above (thanks F3T for the image) to get a sense of the layout. Extremely high vaulted ceilings, central viewing area and a hugh screen – surrounded by “terraced” viewing balconies. One of the coolest venues I’ve ever seen. Cheers to Trouts in Denver for sponsoring the show.
We get a tremendous amount of inquiries about cameras. Folks are very interested in the brands we like, what’s the best value, what’s tough, and what yields the best quality. The answer is – we use a variety of cameras to achieve an array of results. We work primarily outdoors – so we try and find a balance between quality, weight, strength and workflow. One of our favorite workhorses are the DSLR cameras made my Canon. We’ve owned the 60D, 7D and 5D’s (Mark II and II). They are all great cameras. Tough, reliable. Good image quality. Obviously, the more you spend, the better the image quality – but the 7D is no slouch.