Orvis’ Perkins Takes Honors at Fly Fishing Film Festival
The Orvis Company, Inc. is pleased to announce that its Senior Manager of Sporting Traditions and filmmaker Simon Perkins has taken top honors at the 8th Annual Drake Flyfishing Video Awards. His film, Sipping Dry, won the Best Freshwater Fishing category at the July 10th ceremony in Las Vegas.
“Winning the award was very humbling,” Perkins said. “The world of fly fishing video is full of talented people who are doing really cool things with cameras. I have grown as a videographer by watching them and learning from their incredible work. I am constantly energized and inspired by all the filmmakers around me, which serves as motivation to continue to try to improve, adapt, and be creative in new ways.”
One of the most all-consuming obsessions in the world of fly fishing is the dry fly. Sipping Dry explores why anglers travel to every corner of the planet in search of epic hatches and large trout rising on the surface. The film takes the viewer to a place many refer to as the “dry-fly capital of the world” – the upper Missouri River near Craig, Montana. This film, produced by Perkins’ Sharptail Media, introduces a handful of characters that have altered their lives to revolve around this fishery, and attempts to convey their infatuation with sipping trout and the river they consider to be the ultimate in dry-fly fishing.
Tom Bie, The Drake Magazine Editor and Founder of the Video Awards, says, “The Missouri is a wonderful, well-known river, yet Simon Perkins' Sipping Dry manages to show it in a new light, with an honest telling of both the difficulty and the joy of fishing dries on the Mo. It is great to see Perkins' strong cinematography filled with images of summertime hatches, as the Missouri is so often celebrated for its early-spring tailwater fishing—which is excellent, but far less photogenic."
“I got into fly fishing video because I was attracted to the challenge of trying to capture on the screen all of the emotion that one experiences in the moment while fly fishing,” Perkins explains. “It is very challenging, trying to capture the essence of this emotion on film. If I can visually stimulate an angler with one of my films, and make him or her feel a version of the same rush that they do while on the water, then I have succeeded.”
Sipping Dry was streamed live online on Friday, August 2nd at 12:30 pm, Saturday, the 3rd at 10 am and Monday, the 5th at 10:30 am on the Orvis blog. At the Monday streaming, Perkins will be available for online Q&A. Copies of the film are now available at all retail locations.
Perkins is currently working with Graham Morton of Waterline Media on another film that highlights the importance of culvert repair and removal to the improvement of fish passage and survival. The production of this film, in cooperation with Trout Unlimited, is part of the Orvis/TU 1,000 Miles Campaign to reconnect 1,000 miles of fishable streams by repairing or replacing poorly constructed culverts throughout the U.S. A fall release is planned.
About the Orvis Company Founded in 1856, Orvis pioneered the mail order industry in the United States; operates more than 80 retail stores in the U.S. and the U.K. including its Flagship store in Manchester, VT; and maintains a network of over 400 dealers worldwide. Orvis donates five percent of pre-tax profits each year to protecting nature. You can read more about Orvis on their website at www.orvis.com.