Wildwood Outfitters Blog and Fishing Report
As an Easterner who spent some time in the West chasing fish, this film resonates with me at a deep level. Spending time fishing in the Rocky Mountains is exciting, rewarding, and offers up striking views and grandeur not oft seen east of the Mississippi. With all that in mind, there's still something to be said for settling back into a familiar routine and catching fish where they are supposed to be. Northern Exposure does a tremendous job of highlighting the beauty of brook trout and Maine, one of the places steeped in eastern angling history.
The visuals in this film are outstanding. From the old school vintage feel of the intro to the artistic drawings of the cicadas, Northern Exposure has a bit of everything. It's also a masterpiece for those who enjoy the Appalachian Mountains and the stark contrast they hold to the Rockies. The rolling hills, vast timbered forests, and bubbling plunge pools will strike a cord with many.
There are some hot button issues that will be familiar in terms of the fish as well. Historical exploitation in the name of wealth, introduction of non-native species, and habitat destruction are all present. As a lover of all things brook trout, boy, does this flick scratch the itch. The colors of these brookies were spectacular: the red dots punctuated by the blue halos and greenish tiger stripe markings are unmistakable and unique, while also being incredibly familiar. It's hard to watch Northern Exposure and not have a newfound respect for the brook trout and the places they call home.
Well done by the Tight Loops crew!