The OTG team is super excited about the launch of the new OCC materials. Why? Well, what’s not exciting about working with a craft chocolate brand? We worked hand-in-hand with OCC to help draft their new logo and the look of the new website – and the look of the photo style for the product. But this is just the start. We are planning an entirely new style-roll-out for the brand in the coming weeks. Stay tuned. It’s about to get more delicious from here!
There’s growing chatter in the Two Handed Fly Fishing world (spey / skagit casting) about Tom Larimer’s new casting tutorial DVD (created by the OTG team). This very well could be the most comprehensive and strongest two handed casting tutorial ever created. That’s a large claim, especially looking at the long list of two handed casting tutorial which have emerged over the years. However, there’s merit behind the claim. Larimer skillfully takes a tremendously enormous and complex subject matter and consistently breaks it down into manageable, bite sized pieces for the viewer. One by one, the tutorial is converting more and more followers. Here’s a detailed write-up by OTG’s Sarah Griff. This article appeared in a 12 page spread in This is Fly Magazine. All 16 chapters of this tutorial are available on DVD or Direct Digital Download.
The OTG crew recently partnered with Cast Hope to produce a short promotional campaign video profiling a few of the youth involved in the non-profit program.
Cast Hope is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization positively impacting youth and their mentors in the Northern California community through free fly fishing experiences. Through our program, clients build mentoring relationships, fly fishing skills, outdoor knowledge, sustainable practices, and personal values. Cast Hope’s gift of fly fishing empowers each mentoring pair to grow closer as they make fly fishing a healthy hobby they can do together. Learn more, get involved or make a donation at: casthope.org
By Sarah Grigg
Last week was an epic one for Off the Grid Studios! Our team took awards in four categories at this year’s Fly Fishing Video Awards, sponsored by The Drake magazine and held at the 2016 ICAST show in Orlando.
Jungle Angler took the “Best Freshwater” category. The film represents part of a major media campaign, including a short film for the Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T), a long-form film on DVD, a feature-length article in Fly Fisherman and full online social media coverage.
This is one of the largest campaigns we’ve worked on this year – and one of the most important topics we’ve endorsed. Take a moment and check out the website to learn more about the cause and get involved. The highlight of this campaign was getting an endorsement from Dave Matthews, and having him share the campaign on this social media to boost the publicity. The entire campaign was created from the ground floor (concept, copy, graphics, images, vid, etc) by the OTG team: musiciansforforests.com
2016 Fly Fishing Film Tour Reviews
Ok, so the last place anyone is going to look for unbiased 2016 fly fishing film tour reviews is from the studio responsible for producing three of the films in the 2016 fly fishing film tour – but – we’re our own worst critics and are capable of giving appropriate critique of the media.
While last years show was criticized as being too political, conservation oriented and lacking the “fun” element thats drawn crowds in past years – we’re confident viewers will LOVE this years show. We will be attending and posting more review next week as we travel with the show in Seattle, Bend and Portland. But for now, here’s a little 3rd party review to keep things in check.
During World War II, the founder of Airstream, Wally Byam, was forced to put his budding trailer business on the back burner due to aluminum shortages. He went to work for the cause as an airplane builder. Following the war’s end, he set up Airstream in the very same airplane manufacturing warehouse. With new design skills and an improved design for aluminum-skinned trailers, Wally launched a trailer line that would become synonymous with the American open road. But he needed to test the road-worthiness of his post-war model on an epic trip.
In 1948, Cornelius “Neil” Vanderbilt IV — the black sheep and bohemian journalist son of business magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt III — invited Wally to tour war-ravaged Europe. Vanderbilt wanted to capture the devastated landscape in documentary film. The two shipped an Airstream to Europe and embarked on a journey to record the decimated landscape, a remarkable feat, as cities were still in disarray and tourists were more or less absent.
OTG friend and Hawaiian bonefish guide, Mike Hennessy (Hawaii on the Fly), just shipped our team a huge pile of, well, flies? The strangely marked package arrived smelling of fish and sand – and unfolded into a treasure-trove of some wild looking creations. Mr. Hennessy explained, “I tied all of these for you guys in about 30 minutes, no big deal. “The duckling” is going to be a game changer.”
Thanks Capt. Mike and we’ll be sure to get some killer shots of giant northern pike destroying “the duckling.”
We’ll be posting more updates on the upcoming film on this blog, so please check back.