"G" rated movies make money, lots of it. Every time.
More than the 'other' kind. Yet Hollywood keeps cranking
out the same old themes. If I was to invest any money in
a movie it would have to be a G rated for sure. It seems
folks just like nice entertainment. Not always reality
but why not come out of the 'show-house' feeling nice
and good and warm and fuzzy. Indeed, why not?
But, will the TV fly-fishing shows catch on? There may
be a ray of light at the end of the tunnel and it may
not be a train coming at us. I think I am seeing some
success with some shows lately. Of course I am talking
about the two shows Roger did, the striper stuff Micus
(both made by Barrett Productions) and a couple of dandy
shows by Jamie Howard on bone-fishing and tarpon.
I guess this column is a lot like my wife's last week but,
I wanted to say it too. Not only say it but to compliment
the film makers who might be turning a corner from an old
format. Don't get me wrong, I like the adventure flicks.
'Hunt For Big Fish' by Dahlberg is as well done as it
could be. Nice to see some exotic places and his expertise
is unsurpassed. But, I think I have had it with the
'celebrity' jobs where some singer or other such entertainer
is put into a situation where a dork could not screw up.
(I know, I know, no comments please!) Where a guide scrambles
downstream and scoops up a fish which is hanging in the current
is not my idea of doing one hell-of-a great job of fly fishing.
If you agree with me, try to let these folks know what you
like. Hey, not only will they listen, they want to hear from
you. You, the guys who will watch the films and buy the things
the sponsors sell. Remember, if the sponsors hear from you,
it makes a big difference. Most of the calls and email's
sponsors get are complaints. Send a compliment or a word
of thanks or encouragement and it gets plopped in the middle
of the office bulletin board, really.
We here have spent a lot of time and space on how to do lots
of fly fishing things, but I have tried to incorporate as much
as why to do it too. It is sometimes surprising just how much
the average guy really does know about certain things. Forgive
me here, but a whole lot more than some celebrity decked out
in all new duds.
That's about it. If you like what you are seeing, let them
know, the film makers and the sponsors. Guess who will benefit.
Will the magazines ever dare to try this route? ~ JC