Written & narrated by writer David James Duncan, Trout Grass tells the story of the bamboo that is used in making fly rods. This documentary has won many awards that are, in my opinion, deservedly so.
The story begins in China where the bamboo grows & we get to meet & see the folks who grow it. We see how it's harvested, cleaned, sorted, & brought to market. This, for me, was especially interesting. As a rod maker I never get to see who handles the bamboo before I get it, or what the area it comes from looks like.
Next, we follow the bamboo to Montana & watch as rod maker Glenn Bracket & his cohort "boo boys" turn the raw material into a beautiful, working fly rod. We get to look over Glenn's shoulder as he goes about his daily job of turning out some of the most sought after fly rods. Plus, we get to hear some of his thoughts about bamboo & what he does - very insightful thoughts from a man who's spent his life working with bamboo.
The story then moves on with David James Duncan & the legendary Thomas McGuane on a fishing trip to what could be the most beautiful place on the planet. Here we get to see bamboo rods in action catching some glorious trout.
"Trout Grass" is definitely worth the price of admission. If you haven't seen it yet, you owe it to yourself to see this beautiful movie. If it's been a while since last you saw it, watch it again. "Trout Grass" is a film you'll want to watch again & again.