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Trout Grass (2005)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 8 June 2005 (USA)
Trout Grass is an evocative journey into the passion of sport and the wonders of fine craftsmanship. The award-winning film examines the origins of the fly-rod--from its beginnings as Tonkin bamboo in remote China, to an intricate workshop in Montana. Following this amazing species of grass around the world, viewers discover a material capable of transmitting power, awareness and love.

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If fly-fishing is a way for people to tune in to their passion, then the fly rod is their antenna. Cane rods connect people to the river like no other material can. This film shows not only how a bamboo fly-rod is created, but why. Starting in the bamboo forests of Southern China, we watch as 30' bamboo culms are harvested, slid down hillsides, loaded onto primitive wooden carts and transported to the roads or rivers below. Witness one of the legends of the craft, Mr. Hoagy B. Carmichael, as he visits for the first time, the land that served as the origin of his seminal book on bamboo rod construction (A Master's Guide to Building a Bamboo Flyrod written in 1973 with Everett Garrison). Learn what is needed in a piece of bamboo that will be transformed from a $10 piece of grass into a $1,500 lightening rod. From the misty hillsides of China into the dusty confines of a workshop in Montana... Watch master rod-builder Glenn Brackett break down the mystery of constructing a split-cane ... Written by Official Trout Grass Website

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A documentary for fun and education with eye and ear candy. Sweet!
29 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You don't have to be an avid angler to enjoy this documentary about the magical process of hand-crafting fly rods. The China footage alone is enough to make one marvel. This brilliantly shot film captures rural Chinese culture only a few Westerners have seen. Add to that some amazing underwater cinematography and beautiful Rocky Mountain landscapes...Oh, and of course there's the captivating storyline--one that spans the globe to present viewers with the step-by-step process of melding a gigantic piece of Chinese grass into one of the most finely honed and responsive fly rods ever to be whipped over crystal clear Montana streams. You won't ignore the music, either. An interesting batch of trout-styled Bluegrass crossed with Chinese and Grungish twang will have you tapping along and later searching for the soundtrack on Amazon. Phew! Where did this film come from and why haven't you seen it?

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