Something For Someone Else

Published Jun 19th 2012

A Fish On Blog Post


Fish on!

I spent the last two weekends fishing my favorite stream in the world… Silver Creek, just down the road from Sun Valley, Idaho. I grew up fishing Silver Creek. The trails, the water, the fish, the clouds and even the occasional wind are all home to me.

Typically my only objective when visiting Silver Creek is to catch a fish: preferably a brown or rainbow trout in excess of 20 inches. I have, on a few occasions, realized that goal, though more often than not you have to line up two of my fish to exceed that 20 inch mark. These past two trips had more lofty goals than fishing. I went, this time, with my camera gear in tow to shoot test images for the documentary Fish On - A Reel Retreat.

Spending time capturing images of fishing and the beauty and solitude of fish habitat are critical in my preparation of shooting the film later this summer and fall. I have worked on many films both narrative and documentary but have never shot a fly fishing film. Discovering what works and does not work now will certainly go a long way to ensuring we get the right footage while on the retreat. Besides, now when I tell my wife I'm going fishing, I can tell her "it's for work". I am a lucky lucky man.

Since announcing my plans to work, for free, with my buddy Reese, to create this documentary for Reel Recovery, I have been asked "why would you volunteer to make a feature documentary", many times. When I first approached Stan at Reel Recovery, even he wondered why I would want to do this. There are many answers to that question, all of which are pretty simple.

1. I love shooting video and I love fly fishing. It truly does not feel like work to go out and make this film.
2. Make no mistake, I'll spend some serious hours out from behind the camera, casting my own line. There's no better excuse to get on the water than making this documentary.
3. The opportunity to do something for someone else. Nothing feels better than helping other people. None of us ever regret the experience of lending a hand or simply doing something for no other reason than to be nice. It just feels good! I spend a lot of time working for money and I appreciate that work very much: especially when my house payment is due. HOWEVER, using my talent to create something that will positively effect others, is much more rewarding. I only hope I live up to the expectations. It truly is an honor.

As we move forward in our journey to a finished film, we will continue to be thankful for the opportunity we have been given to make this movie. We will also continue to ask others for help. We have a Kickstarter fundraising campaign and we VERY MUCH need folks to contribute. If this project and our story interest you, please, please, please visit our Kickstarter page and consider contributing.

In the meantime - Please enjoy this short video compilation of the images I gathered at Silver Creek.

Fish On!

All entries in Travis' diaryThe entries are being published as the project progresses.
When new entries are ready, they are announced here and then linked when they are published.

The Kickstarter page for the project.
The Facebook page for the project.
The organization Reel Recovery.
Our first blog entry about the project.

User comments
From: Megan · Megan_plantenga·at·  Link
Submitted June 12th 2014

I just watched Fish On. Real men are the men in Reel Recovery. God ,our Creator, made us perfect and then man fell. The greatest challenge is knowing God did not give these men cancer. It is a disease that was produced in the fall. But Jesus is a Fisher of men and I pray as these men continue to see the awesomeness of God and that they will each have a Divine encounter with God who gives eternal life through His son Jesus. God bless these brave hearted men. Fish on. Many thanks to Reese.

From: Dad & Mary · mmferguison·at·  Link
Submitted July 13th 2012

Reese we're very proud of you Travis. We wish you the very best in this project.

From: Travis Swartz · fishonmovie·at·  Link
Submitted June 10th 2012

Hello Raymond. Thanks so much for your comments. Would be honored to have you sharing our decal. Currently we offer the decal on stickers, t-shirts & hats through our Kickstarter campaign (link is on this page). The "rewards" are listed on Kickstarter on the right side of screen. Later in the summer we will likely have them for sale directly from the website we are creating. We definitely want to get you something whether or not Kickstarter works for you. Please feel free to email us at Good luck teaching your girlfriend to fish! I'm taking my wife out this summer!

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From: Raymond Richard · mww·at·  Link
Submitted June 10th 2012

it is so true that fly fishing brings them therapy that no one can buy,i also have a few fly fishing friends who are fighting to beat cancer ,and they forget that they are sick when they fish ,i would like to know where i cold purchase a decal like yours to offer them and show them they are not alone,i also am suporting and fighting with my girlfriend who was diagnose with breast cancer,i want to introduce her to fly fishing when possible,she is doing good and hopefully it will be over soon with healling, thank u so much for this i also fly fish and it takes me to another world even if only for a few hrs,an if she feels to it,she will be learning how to fly fish this summer with me.

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