It’s ‘Feeding Time’ for anglers
April 3, 2004
If the thought of a music video featuring a band called the “Aquatic Bugs” makes you want to turn the sound up, Tom Bie’s new film, “Feeding Time,” might be your kind of night at the movies. It’s all about fly fishing, but this isn’t like any fly-fishing video you’ve seen before.
Bie assembled his footage of insects dancing over his favorite trout rivers, and then set it to music for one delightful segment of his new movie.
Bie will screen Feeding Time at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Olympian Hall. Admission is $6 at the door, and half the proceeds will go to benefit the stream-improvement projects of the Yampa Valley FlyFishers. Bie will have a Scott fly rod and Scott sunglasses to give away as door prizes, courtesy of the manufacturer.
Bie is the same Tom Bie who wrote the 2002 book, Steamboat: Ski town USA.” In between stints as editor of two national ski magazines, Bie decided to undertake his first documentary film dealing with his other great passion in life — he’s worked for many years as a fishing guide.
“It’s not like anything you’ve seen on TV,” Bie promised. “I tried to base it around the ski movie model. I made something I thought I would like myself.”
What’s not to like about spending five days fishing for bonefish on a little island off the coast of Belize? That’s how the movie begins. Next stop is the Bahamas, where Bie decided instead of filming an Anglo fishing with a Bahamian fishing guide, he would film legendary guide “Bonefish Foley” and his son Tommy and Karl nailing bones in Pelican Bay. Bonefish Foley is in his 70s and so famous, there is a popular song about him.
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“The only strength I had going into this was story-telling,” Bie said. “You know, you go to someplace, and the stories just come to you.”
Film viewers will get to witness the wonder of an 8-year-old boy who fishes Montana’s South Fork River better than most adults, and the moodiness of steelhead fishing in the Pacific Northwest set to music.
Bie plucks extreme athletes from other sports and portrays them relaxing with a fly rod. Then he turns his lens on expert fly fishers who happen to be women.
And finally, there is the segment devoted to aquatic insects. Bie had the music in mind — songs from “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou,” including “I’ll Fly Away” and “Down to the River to Pray,” (get it?).
The only problem was he couldn’t get the publishing company to sign off on the Allison Krauss versions. Undeterred, Bie signed up a band in Bozeman, Mont., to go into a recording studio and lay down their own version of the songs.
Picture mayflies bopping over a river to the tune of “I’ll Fly Away.” Better yet, show up at Olympian Hall on Tuesday night for Feeding Time.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
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