Brian O'Keefe wraps up the last shots in Out West. Photo by Todd Moen.

Out West – A Smallmouth Bass Adventure

In this issue, T-Motion Theater presents “Out West”, a creative journey into Eastern Oregon’s high desert streams.  Brian O’Keefe returns on camera here, nearly 14 years after my original “Alpine Bass” made its debut on Catch Magazine.  This time, with drought affecting much of the northwestern landscape and in an effort to give trout a break during the dry season, I decided to aim for smallmouth bass- the warm water game fish.  With aerials and subsurface shots, this film captures a rustic adventure only an angler like O’Keefe can pull off.  

The entire scenario in “Out West” represents an angler’s classic determination to find fish no matter what it takes.  O’Keefe searches the recycled auto shop/ scrap junkyard to find the perfect mode of transportation for his adventure. 

Together, we’ve created dozens of films over the years, and it’s like magic when we combine our skills.  This video was part of the latest If4 film tour , and like “Alpine Bass” before it, the film was a hit from start to finish.

A big thanks to Steven Sparks and his crew at Nyssa Tractor and Implement for showing us around the yard of a million tractor parts. And without the support from Bauer Fly Reels, Outcast Sporting Gear and Orvis Fly Fishing these videos would not be possible.  Finally, I’d like to thank Brian O’Keefe for his awesome creativity and opportunism – we’re a good team and in this era, that’s something to really value and be thankful for.

Special thanks to Outcast Sporting Gear, Bauer Fly Reels, Orvis Fly Fishing & Panasonic for supporting this film project.

Contributed By

Todd Moen

Todd’s combined interest in film and fish began as a kid: he explored and filmed the big waters of western Washington and the blue-ribbon trout streams of his birthstate Montana. Years of traveling the far ends of the globe as a professional videographer and burning the midnight oil to design web media, Todd is living his dream with the production of Catch Magazine.

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