Legendary PA fly fisher subject of movie

Posted on: February 5, 2016 | Bob Frye | Comments

Joe Humphreys 2Photo courtesy Orvis
Joe Humphreys has made a career of fly fishing, first in Pennsylvania and then around the world.

There can’t be many Pennsylvania fly fishermen more famous than Joe Humphreys.

He’s one of fewer than 90 people in the national Fly Fishing Hall of Fame, having earned that distinction about two years ago. He taught a fly fishing course for 19 years at Penn State University. He represented the United States in international fly fishing competitions, was a regular guide for President Jimmy Carter and other celebrities, had his own television show, and more.

He’s still at it, too. At 86 he fishes regularly, and was quoted last fall as saying he’d like to catch a world record brown trout – meaning a fish of about 42 pounds – before he’s all done.

Now, his story is being told.

“Live the Stream: The Story of Joe Humphreys” is the name of a movie being made that traces his life and adventures. It’s not just about fishing, though, say those behind it.

“Live The Stream is the heart and soul of fly fishing, a charming perspective on why people fish as well as a reflection on life, aging, and nature as a possible fountain of youth. It’s relatable, honest, soulful, entertaining, and humorous but above all else, it’s essential for the future life of streams,” reads a promotional synopsis.

“If this documentary can excite a new crowd to pick up a fly rod and experience fly fishing, if it contributes to an increase in water quality awareness, or if it encourages people to simply get outside and experience nature then the film has done its job.”

The movie is scheduled to be released sometime this year. Work is ongoing, though, and the producers are seeking additional funding, so that may be an issue in the timing of what happens and when.

Details can be found here.

Bob Frye is the everybodyadventures.com editor. Reach him at 412-838-5148 or bfrye@535mediallc.com. See other stories, blogs, videos and more at everybodyadventures.com.

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Bob Frye is a storyteller with a passion for all things outdoors. He hunts, he fishes, he hikes, he camps, he paddles, backpacks and snowshoes depending on the season. If he’s not an expert at anything, it’s because he’s passionate to try a little bit of everything.