Thanks To You!

Published Jul 20th 2012

Thank the lord our Kickstarter fundraising campaign is done and we can now move forward in the process of producing our film.


Thank the lord our Kickstarter fundraising campaign is done and we can now move forward in the process of producing our film. I want to take a quick moment to thank each of you who are following the progress of Fish On - A Reel Retreat and an extra HUGE thanks to all who contributed to our Kickstarter campaign. The Global Fly Fisher community (especially Martin) have been very generous to us and we look forward to continuing to share our experience with all of you.

Goal accomplished

We'll be shooting some footage on the Middle Fork of the Boise River, near Boise, Idaho this weekend and will share a few of those shots soon. The Middle Fork is a freestone river with mostly 12" fish but can, if you know some sweet spots, produce some bows in the 18" range. It's an awesome place for dry fly enthusiasts (which is all of us right?) because you can have great success with hoppers, attractors, and other gynormous flies that are about the size of a small dog. I love fishing a size 22 BWO but it's a heck of a lot easier to follow my size 2 Attractor. Seriously, the fish on the Middle Fork would come up and try to eat a kitten if one was floating by. It's awesome.

I also love the Middle Fork because it's a hell of a beautiful place to find yourself in. You're surrounded by tall, swaying pine trees, the water is crystal clear, canyon rock formations are towering and jagged and there's more than one sandy beaches that typically play host to an attractive lady or two. Sorry ladies, those sandy beaches are also typically home to shirtless men whom should really be wearing a shirt.

Our trip to the Middle Fork will give Reese and I time to capture great images and plenty of nice fish. It will also be an opportunity for us to talk and explore the many story lines we hope to follow in the film. Now that we are less focused on funding, we can get into the nitty gritty (the details) of our story and our creative point of view. There are many ways in which to allow a story to unfold and I very much look forward to facing the challenge of how best to bring these stories to the big screen.

The Middle Fork is not a trophy trout stream and is not typically thought of as one of Idaho's famous rivers. However, if you're ever in the Boise, Idaho area in the middle or end of July and the flows are below 1,000cfs, you should consider a quick trip up there.

Thanks once again! Keep following our progress!


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!

Comment to an image
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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