The new issue of This Is Fly dropped, and it’s great to see a feature on Dubai on the Fly make the cover. Frank Smethurst and I had the opportunity to sit down and talk about the experience of fly fishing in Dubai, and this interview is included in the issue along with many photos from Dubai.
Big thanks to RA Beattie for capturing this photo of me with a mighty queen on the cover. It’s certainly a big surprise! It’s always odd seeing myself in photos, and I’m much more comfortable on the other side of the lens. And yes, the Off the Grid Studios team kept this from me as they know I would have protested! Ha — Thanks, team!
Off the Grid Studios is pleased to announce the release of the full-length cut of their film “Dubai on the Fly.” Available now on Amazon channeland Vimeo, “Dubai on the Fly” is the culmination of two trips to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates by the Off the Grid Studios team.
In “Dubai on the Fly,” Colorado angler Frank Smethurst joins Dubai-based Captain Nick Bowles and Emirati angler Mohammed Al Faour on a journey through the vibrant city of Dubai. Within the modern metropolis, the anglers encounter culture and tradition alongside skyscrapers and thriving industry. And while all enjoy exploring the city and the surrounding desert, the waters of Dubai are the main attraction, and queenfish are the specie of interest.
Looking back over the past +1 year of production, one of Napoleon’s quotes rings true for this project, “Patience, persistence, and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” This project was a tremendous amount of work but was equally gratifying. It would not be possible without the teamwork from such an outstanding group of dedicated people. Thank you all for lending your dedication, creativity, and passion. Here’s to the next round!
RISING TIDES :: SARAH GRIGG ARTICLE Dubai on the Fly :: Mar/Apr 2018
The great attention to this film project continues with a new article from Sarah Grigg in Fly Fisherman Magazine. In the article, Sarah examines the fishing and culture of Dubai as well as our film project. Be sure to grab a copy at your local shop and read the full article.
CONDE NAST TRAVELLER | MIDDLE EAST Dubai is the world’s latest fly fishing destination
I couldn’t be more happy to see this article getting picked up by Conde Nast Traveller. Dubai is an amazing place full of wonder and adventure. It’s also a fantastic place to toss a fly for queenfish! Click on the link, book a ticket and go see what Dubai and queenfish have to offer. Great work, team!
QUEEN OF THE DESERT | DUBAI 6° 35’0.0”S 59° 40’0.0”E – United Arab Emirates
I’m thrilled to see my work from this trip make it to print in Gray’s Sporting Journal. Each time I think about this incredible adventure with this crew, it still seems surreal. What an amazing area — I had no idea places like this actually existed in reality. This was a journey I will always remember, and Dubai is a place I hope to return to.to return to. This photo essay is from my trip last year while on assignment with OFF THE GRID STUDIOS for the movieDubai on the Fly— a film that is presently a selection for the Fly Fishing Film Tour. Check it out here:https://bryangregsonphotography.com/dubai-on-the-fly-otg-team-releases-new-trailer/
Be sure to head down to your local shop and grab yourself a copy of Gray’s Sporting Journal, or better yet, order a subscription. You won’t be disappointed. This issue is packed with great articles and some impressive photo essays — it is not one to be missed.
FLY FISHING FILM TOUR Off the Grid Studios: Filmed on location in Dubai
I am pleased to announce the trailer for the 2017 Fly Fishing Film Tour film, Dubai on the Fly has just dropped. This is a film created by our collective group, Off The Grid Studios. It was great to spend time working with such an inspiring story with an incredible group of individuals.
DUBAI ON THE FLY || FILM The tallest skyscrapers, the fastest cars, the fanciest restaurants and the most exclusive resorts and clubs. When westerners think of Dubai, fishing is about the last thing we imagine, if we think of it at all. But at the heart of this fast, modern city lies a shockingly intact traditional fishing culture alongside a budding fly angling industry. Acting as the Anthony Bourdain of this culture-and-recreation oriented film is Colorado-based angler and film veteran Frank Smethurst. Joining with Captain Nick Bowles and Emirati angler Mohammed Al Faour, Frank unveils familiar and unexpected sides of this iconic city, in the desert and on the water.
This new media project, over two years in the making, will premier in the 2018 Fly Fishing Film Tour and travel the globe to festivals worldwide. The film will hit more than 140 cities in the United States alone.
The World Premier of Corazón played to a pack crowd in Colorado on the first stop of the 2017 Fly Fishing Film Tour this weekend.
Mike Dawes ties a bimini twist on the porch of an old crumbling lighthouse located where the Gulf of Mexico meets the Caribbean sea. This short film is a real story about runaways, travelers, anglers, brothers, humans and hearts.
FLY FISHING FILM TOUR Off the Grid Studios: Filmed on location in Mexico and Wyoming
I am pleased to announce the trailer for the 2017 Fly Fishing Film Tour film, Corazón has just dropped. This is a film created by our collective group, Off The Grid Studios. It was great to spend time working with such an inspiring story with an incredible group of individuals.
CORAZON || FILM “On the tiny island of Holbox, a stone’s throw from the Mexico mainland, lives a legendary angler named Sandflea. People from all over the world travel here to fish with him. One such gringo is Mike Dawes, who stumbled into Sandflea’s welcoming home years ago and quickly became family. On land, Sandflea’s a dad, a grandfather, the unofficial mayor, a teacher, and the main source of dinner for his neighbors and friends. On the water, he’s as schooled as they come when it comes to permit and tarpon. But a childhood bout of Scarlet fever weakened Sandflea’s heart and has led him to multiple surgeries. His willingness to share with all of us makes it all the more ironic . . . the guy with the biggest heart needs a new one. This is the story of the unlikely friendship between two anglers and the willingness of the fly fishing industry to rally around a guide in need.”
OFF THE GRID STUDIOS | CORAZÓN New film for the 2017 Fly Fishing Film Tour
And that’s a wrap! We just finished the last scenes for the new film project premiering in 2017 with the Fly Fishing Film Tour and we all couldn’t be more pleased. The filming and interviews are completed and our editors, writers and music engineers are putting their final touches on to the project. A big thanks to the man with a giant heart, “Sandflea”! We are all going to miss Mrs. Sandflea’s home cooking! And a huge thanks to all those who opened their door to the production team, we miss certainly Mexico already.
+ Off the Grid Studios: http://offthegridstudios.com/