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Video Librarian
July/August 2006

"A beautifully lensed documentary... we follow the "fly rod made of grass to Montana where (David) Duncan and Thomas McGuane fish and muse on the interconnectedness of nature. An informative and entertaining documentary, Trout Grass is highly recommended. EDITORS CHOICE."


Chicago Tribune
By Louis R. Carlozo

I was reminded of the understated elegance of "A River Runs Through It" when I saw this documentary written and narrated by David James Duncan ("The River Why"). Here, Duncan traces how bamboo becomes a fishing rod, from the grass' amazing growth cycle in Southern China (3 feet per night during peak season) to how a 3-ounce split-cane fly rod takes shape in the hands of master craftsmen. If it sounds like the stuff of a public-TV yawner, guess again: Duncan wastes nary a word as he tackles his subject with a poet's passion and reporter's zeal. Filmed on location in China and Montana and featuring fly-fishing legend Thomas McGuane.


New West
By Ruby Masters

Among the favorites at the festival even though it did not garnish an award was "Trout Grass," a beautifully crafted film that perfectly reflects the film's subject, the craftsmanship of making a bamboo fly rod. The most lyrical of the films I saw at the festival, "Trout Grass" starts with the harvest of bamboo in China and follows its transition from a living plant to a finished fly rod in the hands of master rod maker Glenn Brackett in Montana. Written and narrated by David James Duncan and featuring Tom McGuane and Hoagy Carmichael, "Trout Grass" brings the passion of flyfishing lovingly to the screen."
By George Grant

… It would have been easy enough to put this film into a small pigeonhole labeled “For Fly Fishers Only”... But this narrow path reveals wide vistas. Farmers at harvest laughing at the gossip of their small community. Merchants and laborers cleaning, sorting, grading the crop that sustains them. Craftsmen, focused and precise, measuring their work in thousandths of an inch while speaking of an unseen guidance. These images and many others in the film are universal and reach well beyond the boundaries of flyfishing.

Ed George’s camera work captures the stunning scenery along the Sui River in China, and on Montana trout streams with painterly precision. He also reveals intimate portraits of people and the work that sustains them. David Duncan’s narration is as lyrical as the sound of water laughing over stones and as precise as the taper of a fine rod. Glenn Brackett, Tom McGuane, and rod maker Hoagy Carmichael all communicate their understanding and love for the craft and the sport that centers around a plant as strong as steel and as enduring as the truths it reveals.


Global FlyFisher
By Martin Joergensen

…Beautifully filmed by Ed George and with some absolutely breathtaking shots from both China and the US - outdoors as well as indoors - this film succeeds extremely well in facilitating the fascination of bamboo and the rods made from it.

Camera work and editing is calmly paced and soothing, and the narration is both well written and spoken. The music manages to carry both the eastern ambience as well as some good ole country and western mood, and as a whole I will consider this one of the best films on fishing related subjects I have ever seen. I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end.


Recent Past Screenings

March 2, 6:30 PM
Presented By Idaho Rivers United
Salmon, ID


March 3,4
St, Clair & Hynes Booth
The Fly Fishing Show
Pasadena, CA


March 13
Monatana PBS
2007 Fund Drive


Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival
Nevada City, CA
January 12-14, 2007


S.N.O.B. Film Festival
(Somewhat North Of Boston)
Concord, NH
Friday, Nov. 10


BendFilm Festival
Friday, Oct. 13
Bend, OR

BendFilm Festival
Saturday, Oct. 14
Bend, OR


Northwest Fly Anglers
Haller Lake Community Club
12579 Densmore Avenue North
Seattle, WA
September 21 8:30 PM


Washington Fly Fishing Club
at the College Club
5th and Madison
Seattle, WA
September 19 7:00 PM


2006 Wild Film Festival
In beautiful Taos, NM Troutgrass will be featured in our Saturday afternoon screening
September 15th & 16th, 2006


Mountain Film
Telluride-Sheridan Opera House
Telluride, CO
Friday May 26


US Fish and Wildlife Service
National Conservation Training Center
Shepardstown, WV
Thursday May 11


University Flycaster's Symposium University of Wyoming
Wyoming Union Family Room
April 8


Ashland Film Festival
Varsity Theater
Ashland, OR
April 6-10*
Four Screenings


In Association with
Idaho Rivers United
and Save Our Salmon
Spokane, WA
The Community Center Lobby
35 W. Main Ave.
Friday March 24th


Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival
Opening night!
Leavenworth, WA
Sleeping Lady Retreat
Thursday March 23
8 PM


In Association with
Idaho Rivers United:
Moscow, ID
University of Idaho Campus
College of Natural Resources
Wednesday March 22
7 PM