By Howard Meyerson
One thing that can be said about fly fishing, despite the changes in gear, clothing and tackle over the last few decades, is it often becomes a passion for those who learn its charms. Where it once drew a genteel breed to rivers edge or an off-beat lot focused on fooling trout with feather bugs, its appeal is now enjoyed by a highly colorful, discordant audience made up of men and women, young and old, rich and poor, some raucous, some reserved.
That intertwining of times, styles and passions is the delightful theme in film called “A Kinetic Loop,” by Simon Perkins. It’s one of the highlights of the 9th annual Fly Fishing Film Tour which makes its 2014 Michigan debut in Grand Rapids at 7 p.m., February 7th at the Wealthy Theatre. Subsequent showings open in Royal Oak on February 20 at the Emagine Theater, and February 28 in Ann Arbor at the Michigan Theater.
“Fly fishing (back) then didn’t have a place in society; it was such a dark art and it was practiced all by old white guys…” opined fly fishing author and Orvis fly fishing staffer, Tom Rosenbauer. He is one of a few Orvis personalities who compare now and then and contrast the eras.
“We mostly used bamboo rods then if you were serious about it and the rods were something to really treasure,” Rosenbauer continued later in the video. “The best thing about fly fishing today is what makes it polar opposite to the best thing in the 70s. Now it’s in your face; its take no prisoners; we don’t care about tradition; and its young people and a lot more visible… And so, it’s an exciting time to be around fly fishing.”
“A Kinetic Loop” is a thoughtful, fun and funky look at some of the chapters in fly fishing history, full of archival footage: that deliciously spotty filmage of yesteryear. It is one of nine films showing in the two-hour presentation that repeatedly packs the house at Wealthy Theatre.
“There is a theme this year but it is no doing of ours,” said Doug Powell, one of the principals behind the tour. “It is a kind of respect for those who have come before. It wasn’t a goal when we set out to put together this year’s show, but it just sort of happened.” Continue reading