Issue #70 T-Motion Theater “Colorado High Country” features Kelley Moen and guide Colleen Farrell on a spur of the moment Spring fly fishing adventure as they backpack into a Colorado high alpine lake. Set from Kelley’s perspective, and in step with John Denver’s poignant music, this film illustrates the simple beauty and total clarity that nature provides. Glacier-fed streams, deep alpine pools and spawning cutthroat trout make this a season’s favorite at Catch Magazine. During the filming in Colorado’s backcountry, I was reminded of the influence John Denver’s music has had over me and my wife throughout the years we lived in the Rockies, finally settling in Oregon to raise a family. It’s been profound.
As a casual guitar, banjo and mandolin player myself, I’ve put music (and the use of it in my work) as the centerpiece in life, wherever I’ve lived and traveled. In fact, my collection of music over the years has become nearly as important and as large as my fishing gear. Music and fly fishing are both now focal points in our family, with aspiring teen musicians in our home and the works of John Denver that are extremely special to us. This film is dedicated to the musician, artist, activist and phenomenal human being himself, John Denver, and to the rivers in Colorado that he found so inspiring. Special thanks to Eleven Experience and Alex Fenlon, Colleen Farrell and Moose Hofer for their guiding and hospitality.
Todd Moen has been a working filmmaker for nearly 25 years. Growing up in Montana, he would often document his friends fly-fishing with his parents’ analog 8mm tape camera. After studying fine arts at Montana State University, Moen took a job with a production company shooting fly fishing events for ESPN and OLN. After surviving a plane crash from a job, he decided to quit the “on-the-road” lifestyle and start a photography and film-based journal, Catch Magazine. Moen, who runs the magazine with his wife, Kelley Moen, has since produced 65 films for Catch, which have earned awards and thousands of subscribers. “In this niche, I’ve worked with many non-profit organizations across the world that support water, fish and the fishing community,” explains Moen. “I’ve befriended a great variety of people in this industry, and I continue to meet new and interesting people in unique locations to film fly fishing.”