Protecting Your Home Waters Starts With You
Have you ever heard of Back Bay in Virginia? If not, you’re not alone. If so, you may be one of the lucky bunch who had the opportunity to fish it during its heyday, back in the time that Lefty Kreh said was the best bass fishing he’d seen anywhere.

Photos from the heyday of Back Bay fishing.

I personally hadn’t heard of Back Bay until Cory Routh of Ruthless Outdoor Adventures contacted Flymen Fishing Company looking to collaborate on producing a film chronicling the rise and fall (and the beginnings of the current resurrection) of Back Bay. Cory, a member of the Flymen Guide Program, had already filmed interviews with Lefty and Walt Cary, the content of which left the Flymen team intrigued about this legendary fishery.

About a month later, I packed my bags and headed up to Back Bay with the Flymen crew so we could work with Cory to shoot some final content for the film.

The filming happened to be timed perfectly with Flymen conducting pre-launch testing for the new Surface Seducer Double Barrel Bass Bug foam poppers, which later won Best of Show — Freshwater Fly Pattern at the International Fly Tackle Dealer Show.

Working with Flymen Fishing Co. and Ruthless Outdoor Adventures on this project was an eye-opening experience, and it was an incredible honor to be part of a project that Lefty played a major role in.

You may have heard the saying, “If you want something done right, do it yourself.” One of the most inspiring aspects of the story of Back Bay is the Back Bay Restoration Foundation. After the destruction of the fishery (you’ll see what happened to it when you watch the film), the local community banded together, taking ownership and action to begin bringing it back. Todd Barnes, who is President of the organization and is featured in the short film, generously let us use his property as a base camp during the weekend of filming.

Back Bay premiered at the Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival, was part of the Orvis Down The Hatch Film Festival, and will be featured in a Hobie TV episode airing on the Pursuit Channel and CBS Sports Network in late April and early May 2018.

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