In Eastern Rises a courageous band of fly fishermen risks everything in one of the last wild places on earth, the Kamchatka Peninsula of the Russian Far East. It may as well be at the end of the earth. Its enormous, wild landscape is threaded with rivers, teeming with massive mouse-eating trout, bugs and bears. In other words, this place is the Holy Grail for truly obsessed, halfway insane fly fishermen. They brave Cold War helicopters, grizzlies, massive mosquitoes, and even Bigfoot in search of rainbow trout, salmon and the ultimate fish story. The cynical narration of filmmaker Ben Knight (from Felt Soul Media) pulls viewers along on this humorous and intriguing tale in which fishing is poetry, Sasquatch lurks in the fog, and fishermen risk life and limb to explore rivers that have never before been fished. The cinematography is superb, the storytelling excellent, and the angling inspirational.
Founded in 2005, high in the Southern Rockies of Colorado, Felt Soul Media combines the vision of Travis Rummel and Ben Knight by uniting their passion for wild places, their love of fly fishing, and their conservation ethic. Knight comments: “We create avant-garde style documentaries with an aesthetic approach to capture the inherent beauty of fly fishing and the amazing confines that the sport takes place in. We are passionate about our films and fly fishing.” Felt Soul partnered with The Fly Shop to document this epic fly fishing journey to Russia’s remote Kamchatka Peninsula during the summer of 2008.
Running time: 48 minutes