An International
Journey into the
Passion of Fly Fishing

“A fly rod extends a fly fisher's being as surely as do imagination, empathy, or prayer."

David James Duncan

The Story

Fishing is a passion spun from wild places, tools and techniques, and the tales that bind them. Trout Grass is a story of that passion.

For many anglers, a fly rod is more than a fishing instrument. It's an antenna, capturing signals of the natural world. But what about the process that turns ordinary materials into extraordinary tools? And why do people continue to spend their days happily wading in rivers if they do not keep what they capture?

Unveiling the magic of international camaraderie, fine craftsmanship, and majestic rivers, Trout Grass tracks the 10,000-mile journey of bamboo around the world. From a lush forest in China's Guangdong Province to a rustic workshop in Montana, the film documents the transformation of a tenacious grass into a finished fly rod.

While in China

We follow the hands of a bamboo importer who travels to a remote Chinese village to individually sort through thousands of bamboo poles. He is looking for poles perfectly suited for bamboo rod makers around the world.

In montana

We see master-builder Glenn Brackett tap into "the power of unseen hands" in his shop, while converting this hardy piece of grass into a fly rod. The result is an instrument so revered for its strength, precision and beauty one wonders if trout feel lucky when caught and released by one of Glenn's rods.

“…a beautifully crafted film…”

New West

“This is a fantastic journey!”


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Trout outline with pictures of fly-maker, and women gathering bamboo