Swinging the Sky | Short Film

msteudel

Mark Steudel
It's been a bit since I've finished film, so it feels good to finally post another one. Sometimes you just get back after a trip and look at the film and say "meh" and the footage doesn't inspire you. This time my friends drone footage really got me excited and I cranked this one out in a couple of weeks.

Anyway this is just a short film of us floating the sky from Gold Bar to Sultan, swinging for steel. It really is such a gorgeous river. Makes me sad to think that it's runs aren't like they used to be. Whenever someone says "If you could have a time machine" I always think I'd go back to when our rivers were teeming with fish. <sigh> Anyway hope you enjoy this little film. Oh and for those that are spey nerds, I'm swinging the old sage "Brownie" 9140. Good to get that rod out of the closet again.

 

cabezon

Sculpin Enterprises
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Very nice, Mark. You have a great editing touch as you interweave the various video streams. And I liked the train sounds at the end - sweet.
Steve
 

msteudel

Mark Steudel
That river changed my life. Someways for the good, and some for the worse.
9140, windcutter, and a salmon 2, a setup built for the sky.
If I could do it over again....yup!
Thanks for the trip down memory lane!
Would love to hear some of those stories! I just took off the wind cutter last year. :) this rod has been under utilized, plan on changing that.
 

Lakota

Active Member
Great video! I too have the love/hate relationship with the Sky. I moved to Wa in 2014 and fished it nearly every week it was open for two years. The scenery is out of this world for a midwest native and I even managed to swing up an occasional steelhead. Overtime, I started opting for other rivers where my chances were a little better and today, when I'm mapping out my weekend plans, sadly, the sky is usually pretty far down my list.

Maybe I'll switch up my Black Friday plans and take a trip down the Sky-chromeless.
 

msteudel

Mark Steudel
Great video! I too have the love/hate relationship with the Sky. I moved to Wa in 2014 and fished it nearly every week it was open for two years. The scenery is out of this world for a midwest native and I even managed to swing up an occasional steelhead. Overtime, I started opting for other rivers where my chances were a little better and today, when I'm mapping out my weekend plans, sadly, the sky is usually pretty far down my list.

Maybe I'll switch up my Black Friday plans and take a trip down the Sky-chromeless.
Yeah it was really fun to float some of our western rivers. If Im gonna go trouting I usually float the yak, but the lush forest on this side and thick salal was fun to see, and the water is just so much stronger than the yak. Anyway it's just fun to keep exploring.
 

Olive bugger

Active Member
Sad what it has become. I recall the days when it had a lot of fish in it, not the hey days of the '30s, '40s, and '50s. But the '60s on, until it started to decline in returning numbers. It is still a beautiful river, winding down from the snow pack through forest and farm land.

That said, I do wonder if the runoff from the farms might have some effect on the fish populations. But then I reckon that it might have been the same in the '30s, '40s & '50s.
 

msteudel

Mark Steudel
Sad what it has become. I recall the days when it had a lot of fish in it, not the hey days of the '30s, '40s, and '50s. But the '60s on, until it started to decline in returning numbers. It is still a beautiful river, winding down from the snow pack through forest and farm land.

That said, I do wonder if the runoff from the farms might have some effect on the fish populations. But then I reckon that it might have been the same in the '30s, '40s & '50s.
Yeah I've only fished it a few times and only caught bull trout, which seems fun. I just need to spend more time on it when the salmon are running, even if it's not as good as it once was.
 

Olive bugger

Active Member
A bit of advice about fishing the Sky, pay attention to what is going on around you, in addition to the fish. Sometimes the sunrise alone will thrill you to your core if you will let it. And in the more remote areas the wild life can do the same. That said, perhaps a cougar would be over kill. :eek:
 

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