We have been flying camera mounted UAVs since 2013. Believe it or not, that was before drones became the widespread consumer item that they are today. These crafts were tough to fly, and the camera stabilization was not easy or affordable. Throughout, we've worked closely with Quadrocopter, LLC to find professional UAV solutions that fit our unique needs in Alaska.
UAVs offer an incredible perspective for a filmmaker, opening the door to many innovative shots that had never before been possible for small scale production. This is a short reel, showcasing our aerial videography in Alaska over the past 4 years.
They call them Kings for a reason. In 2013, we traveled around Alaska for 6 weeks filming Alaska largest salmon on the fly for our short film Long Live the King. These are special salmon, and they do not return to AK in the enormous numbers that sockeye, coho, pink, and chum salmon do. King Salmon conservation should be a continuing topic of discussion among guides and anglers in AK.
King Salmon are an icon in Alaska, and one of the most exciting sport fish in the Last Frontier. Here's a little highlight reel from that footage we shot back in 2013. Watch in HD - Comment, Share, and Enjoy!
We spent a day with Royal Coachman Lodge on nearby Kulik Lake to take in some remarkable Alaska scenery and to catch a few early season fish. This has got to be one of the most scenic spots in all of Bristol Bay. It's stunning how the Wood-Tikchik Lakes intertwine and collide with the dramatic Wood River Mountains. A fishing trip in this region offers so much more than fishing. Watch in HD - Comment, Share, Enjoy
If you've never seen the grandeur of Alaska's landscapes, this short will give you a small glimpse of the mind bending wonders that make up "The Great Land". The scale is unfathomable, the beauty is divine, and the wildness is inspiring. Watch in HD - Share, Comment, Enjoy!
If you've ever been fly fishing in Alaska, you have most likely encountered Arctic Grayling. They are abundant in many of Alaska's remote rivers. In some areas, they can grow to be over 20-inches in length. Their iridescent colors and feisty demeanor really make them unique. If you like throwing dry flies, it's hard to beat the action you'll see with Arctic Grayling.
While shooting Mighty Mouse II in Western AK, we captured dozens of Grayling takes on camera. And, since we felt like waltzing, we thought we'd put together a short reel. Watch in HD - Comment, Share, Enjoy!
Variety is the spice of life they say. There's very few places on planet Earth where you can find the type of fish variety that you can in Alaska. We've counted 12 different freshwater species that you can catch on the fly - King Salmon, Chum Salmon, Silver Salmon, Sockeye Salmon, Pink Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Arctic Char, Dolly Varden, Northern Pike, Sheefish, Lake Trout, and Arctic Grayling. Did we miss any? The Alaska Grand Slam is all of these species in a single fishing season. Or even better, a single week. Comment if you've achieved the Alaska Grand Slam!
Filmed on the Copper River with Copper River Lodge
The sheer volume of salmon that return to Bristol Bay each year is truly astounding. For those who haven't visited Alaska, it's really hard to conceptualize 32 million fish - the average sockeye return in Bristol Bay. This video gives a glimpse of the bio mass that enter the rivers and streams that make up the Bristol Bay watershed. Filmed exclusively in 2015 on the Copper River with Copper River Lodge.
It's round two for Mighty Mouse and our fishing adventures in Western Alaska on the Aniak River. We were welcomed once again by accommodating guides at Aniak River Lodge, and an incredible Alaska fishery. Mousing really offers the best in trout fishing. You have amazing top water takes that vary from "dry fly" sips to voracious explosions. With barbless hooks, you really have to be on your toes to keep these Leopard Rainbows on. A head shake and the wrong angle can easily result in that sinking feeling when the line goes limp. Then ten minutes later, the elation rises again with another mouse take. It's the best kind of emotional roller coaster. Watch in HD, share, comment, and enjoy!
It's not all glory for Alaska fishing guides and lodge staff who work the short summer season. Most of the time, they really bust their tails off. Just ask any fishing guide if they get to fish a lot. We got the rare opportunity to spend a few days with guide staff at Royal Coachman Lodge during their pre-season. Let's just say most everyone got a chance to cut away from work and have a day off!
“How do you describe something as majestic as what we flew through? That’s the thing. I don’t really have the words for it.” Join Alaskan bush pilot*, Lynn Ellis in breathtaking Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Preserve, the largest protected wilderness in America.