It was late summer, and I was sitting in my office, when Ryan Collins sent me a message inquiring if I'd like to join him in shooting a fly fishing episode for the upcoming season of MFCC TV.
I immediately jumped at the opportunity to hit the water with Ryan and the MFCC TV film crew! After getting the OK from my wife, I was ready for the trek to the Lower Cape to sling flies at striped bass.
After routine gear preparation, my tackle was in working order for any action we might encounter. The plan was to target an area Ryan and I had previously fished with much success during the Cheeky Schoolie Tournament.
Exploring Lower Cape Cod
There are so many bonuses to being on the Cape during October, which is when this episode was filmed. The traffic is almost nonexistent, the weather is beautiful, and large schools of bass are on the feed, preparing for their migration south.
Ryan and the MFCC TV crew from Hop Top Films picked me up late Sunday morning on October 1st, 2017. The lingering morning fog quickly burned off, and the sun was shining bright.
High tide was at 3:30pm, so we used the first few hours to film a few locations on Cape's backside beach. Shane and MFCC TV cinematographer Evan Schneider captured drone footage of the incredible landscapes.
I was fascinated to watch these guys discuss camera angles, lighting, and general film shop—none of which I understood.
Far and away the most interesting aspect of the filming process was seeing them set up and maneuver this white spaceship-looking drone.
Their control of this futuristic technology was both entertaining and impressive!
Arriving At The Fishing Grounds
We arrived at the fishing grounds just before the most productive tide, which is 2 hours on either side of dead high. Within a few minutes I had my waders and stripping basket on, and was ready to make my way through the shoulder high eel grass to start casting.
As I started to walk toward the water, Shane called me back and politely informed me that cameras and microphones had to be set up before I could start fishing.
After setting up the microphones and cameras, we braced ourselves for the long hike ahead to Ryan's spot of choice. The hike wouldn't be an easy feat with plenty of fishing and camera gear in tow!
The last time I was here with Ryan, I was unfamiliar with the area. It was a chilly May morning, so we dressed warm and fought stiff winds. The long hike to the prime spot is also pretty taxing on the body.
Doug is an avid fly fisherman who’s been a member of My Fishing Cape Cod since 2015. Growing up Doug would spend summers with his family in Harwich, and he is now passing the fishing tradition down to his young children and family.