Surely I must be talking about “A River Runs Through It,” right? Wrong.
While I have a huge place in my heart for “the” movie — it’s one of my favorites — the new documentary Low and Clear is without a doubt one of the best movies I have seen in regards to fly fishing, period. It ranks right up there with the best documentaries and is simply one of the most elegant movies on fishing.
Filmmakers Tyler Hughen, Kahlil Hudson, and Alex Jabonski have finally released the full length version which is available on Kickstarter.com.
Here’s how the filmmakers sum up Low and Clear:
During a winter flyfishing trip to Canada, two old friends, J.T. Van Zandt and Alex “Xenie” Hall, learn they’ve have grown apart in more ways than one. J.T., the thoughtful even-keeled son of a songwriting legend believes there’s more to fishing than catching fish. Short-tempered Xenie, a “firewood salesman,” sees it differently and fishes like it’s a race against the clock. Their different approaches to fishing and life emerge and clash on the snowy river banks and damp hotel rooms of British Columbia in this true story of a friendship stretched to the breaking point. An exploration of life in the disappearing wilderness of the West, Low & Clear unfolds with moments of humor and pathos, success and failure, as J.T. and Xenie find themselves on a fishing trip that could be their last.
This movie has won awards and has been in the official selection of a ton of film festivals. Do yourself or your fishing buddy a favor; go to Kickstarter and pick up a copy of the newly released flick.