“Trout Country: Fly Fishing on a Changing Yellowstone”
This short film takes us down the Yellowstone River to Paradise Valley, Montana, renowned for its world-class fly fishing. It demonstrates the very real economic, environmental, and emotional impacts of a rapidly changing climate on the community living in Paradise Valley. Trout Country delves into the fly fishing culture and livelihood of the folks in the film and rural communities that rely on the recreational fishing industry. The beauty of this iconic river contrasts with the harrowing reality of the warmer summers in the region, which led to a massive die off of Whitefish and a weeks-long closure of the river during the heart of fishing season in 2016. We watch as the communities along the river come together to develop and implement strategies to better understand the river’s climate change-driven changes.