Saturday, February 27, 2010

Striking Distance

The Fly Fishing Film Tour will soon be within striking distance for New England enthusiasts. First Light Anglers is hosting a show on Sunday March 7th at Chunky's Cinema Pub in Haverhill, MA. Doors open at 6pm. The show begins at 6:30pm. Contact First Light Anglers at 978.948.7004 for tickets and information or visit

A piscatorial consortium consisting of Fly Fishing in Maine, Flies and Fins, Coastal Fly Angler and Maine River Guides has secured the Frontier Cafe, Cinema and Gallery in Brunswick, ME for three showings of this years FFFT. The dates are March 11 and 12 with starting times at 7pm each night. There is an additional showing on the 12th at 8:45pm. Proceeds from these 3 Maine screenings will go to the FFIM Grassroots Grant fund. Visit FFIM for tickets. Follow the tour on the Tour Blog.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

We Bring Democracy To The Fish

It is unacceptable that fish prey on each other.
For their comfort and safety, we will liberate them
into fishfarms with secure, durable boundaries
that exclude predators. Our care will provide
for their liberty, health, happiness, and nutrition.
Of course all creatures need to feel useful.
At maturity the fish will discover their purposes.

"We Bring Democracy To The Fish" is a poem by Donald Hall from his definitive lifetime work White Apples and the Taste of Stone. © Houghton Mifflin Company, 2007.

"How To Bring Democracy To The Fish" is an animated film by Drew Christie done in watercolor, based on the poem "We Bring Democracy To The Fish" by Donald Hall and inspired a little bit by "If Sharks Were Men" by Bertolt Brecht.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Follow the leader

I've been a little enamored with video content as you can probably tell. My focus of interest lately has been toward animation, advertising and marketing that is fish or fishing related. Here's a commercial spot for GPS giant Garmin that is based on the journey of salmon. It's from the salmon's perspective. Take the one minute trip upstream and try to imagine what it would be like if instinct was your only road map.

Garmin Salmon from Darrin Hofmeyr on Vimeo.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Small fish in a big pond

Ricky Gervais will be back on television with a new animated series. You can catch the premiere on Friday, February 19 at 9pm. For more information, log onto Here's a 39 second promo spot where Ricky and his crew discuss the "big fish in a small pond" cliche as it relates to their show.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Mayfly Advert

A few years ago, Vodafone (global telecommunications company) selected the mayfly as a marketing vehicle to help convey the firm's "Make the most of now" tagline, given that mayflies have such a short lifespan. My guess is that there was an angler or two on staff at the time to help the concept get off the drawing board. The result was some sophisticated animation built around a good message for us longer living creatures. Have a look at this one minute video of mayflies enjoying life. Note that there are a variety of other versions of this popular mayfly spot (including fish, frogs and fly swatters) in case you're interested.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Ray's Fly

Here is another Rhode Island classic. It's simply called Ray's Fly and with good cause, it was created by Ray Bondorew. This pattern first appeared in the Rhody Flyrodders newsletter back in 1990. Ken Abrams notes on his site Striper Moon that this pattern "is not a fly that has received any press nor had anyone praising it, yet, on it's merit alone it has become a mainstay, passed on from one angler to another as the cure for the right fly blues. The reason is simple- it outfishes every other silverside fly day in day out in all types of situations. The only people who don't know this as fact are those who haven't tried it or won't try it." Watch this seven and a half minute video and Capt. Corey Pietraszek will demonstrate how to tie this boldly simple and consistently effective silverside imitation.

Fly illustration by El Pescador