Forward by Trxstle. Words, photos and video by Waist Deep Media.
The film you are about to watch is something special. If you've ever hooked and landed a steelhead, or helped a friend do the same, you know how rare and exciting the experience is. You know the sudden rush of a steelhead take on the swing. You know that it can take a lifetime on the water for what seems like an instance of pure joy. And you know its totally worth it.
So, take a deep breath, relax, and step into the river to experience the thrill of landing a steelhead through this unique film, captured overhead by drone and produced audio free by Waist Deep Media.
Steelhead fishing in the PNW is a lifetime pursuit. Swinging flies for steelhead is another endeavour entirely. Conditions rarely line up to film this type of unlikely connection from the air. After all, drones are noisy and who wants to take the blame for spooking the run with that jazz?
But if you are prepared and patient, sometimes the cosmos throws you a bone and a magic moment is immortalized in a way once only pictured in our dreams.
Friendships forged on the river seem to stand the tests of time. This story is no different. Three people, three friendships, all born out of the same waters and one fish that gave her all.
A surprise season that rewarded the patient and an example of compromise between anglers and organizations in a movement towards a sustainable future.
Thank you anglers, let’s continue to work together for the future of our fisheries.
Enjoy the film!