The Fishing Report

Sarver's Bait & Tackle, a storefront installation at the 2009 Three Rivers Arts Festival was the culmination of The Fishing Report. Photo by L. Rippel.

Sarver’s Bait & Tackle, a storefront installation at the 2009 Three Rivers Arts Festival, Downtown Pittsburgh, was the culmination of The Fishing Report. Photo by L. Rippel.

In 2007 I began visiting my favorite Pennsylvania fishing destinations with video and still cameras, leaving my fishing gear behind.  I was searching for creative stories about fishing.  I began conducting interviews on site with anglers.  Topics of discussion ranged from fish recipes to personal rituals and secret methods.  Through a grant from The Pittsburgh Foundation, as well as support from the Mattress Factory, The Three Rivers Arts Festival and Pittsburgh Center for The Arts / Pittsburgh Filmmakers, I was able to expand my initial investigations to explore the entirety of Pennsylvania.  From farmland to suburban ponds, mountain streams to Lake Erie tributaries, I was out to explore a variety of fishing environments and the fishing traditions told by people across the state.  In the summer of 2009, the project culminated in the presentation of The Fishing Report, a video documentary on the art of fishing.  The piece was unveiled at a storefront installation, Sarver’s Bait & Tackle.  The installation, modeled after a fishing tackle shop, was a featured project of The Three Rivers Arts Festival.  Aside from the documentary, activities at the installation including a reading of fishing stories, a fishing “Jam Session” by local musicians, a puppet making activity, and puppet shows by local puppeteers.

Detail of anglers, Bait & Tackle.

Detail of anglers, Bait & Tackle. TS

Pond at Boiling Springs, PA, one of the sites for interviews for The Fishing Report, a video documentary on the art of fishing.

Pond at Boiling Springs, PA, one of the sites of interviews for The Fishing Report, a video documentary on the art of fishing. TS

An angler on Yellow Breeches Creek, Central Pennsylvania.  The Fishing report covered trout fishing throughout the state.

An angler on Yellow Breeches Creek, Central Pennsylvania. The Fishing Report covered trout fishing throughout the state. TS

The follow.

The follow.

Sales counter at the installation.  Anglers visiting were offered free dough ball, a bait for carp in the nearby Allegheny River.

Sales counter at the installation. Anglers visiting were offered free dough ball, a bait for carp in the nearby Allegheny River. L. Rippel

A window display featured a mobile of hand-carved fish.

A window display featured a mobile of hand-carved fish.  L. Rippel

Fishing lures and gadgets were inspired by visits to tackle shops throughout Pennsylvania.

Fishing lures and gadgets were inspired by visits to tackle shops throughout Pennsylvania.  L. Rippel

The installation included maps and practical fishing information.  Photo by L. Rippel.

The installation included maps and practical fishing information. Photo by L. Rippel

Exploring Slate Run, North Central PA.

Exploring Slate Run, North Central PA. Photo by Jeremiah Johnson

The installation was constructed at 905 Penn Avenue, once the site of a violin shop.

The installation was constructed at 905 Penn Avenue, once the site of a violin shop. TS

The project attracted many fisherman looking to find live bait in Downtown Pittsburgh.

The project attracted many fisherman looking to find live bait in Downtown Pittsburgh. TS

Passing through Saint Clair, PA while working on the Documentary.

Passing through Saint Clair, PA while working on the Documentary. TS

A sign at the opening of trout season near Williamsport, PA

A sign at the opening of trout season near Williamsport, PA. TS

At the opening of Bait & Tackle, local musicians performed songs about fishing.

At the opening of Bait & Tackle, local musicians performed songs about fishing. L. Rippel

A back room in the installation featured video art "fishing fantasies."  L. Rippel

A back room in the installation featured video art “fishing fantasies.” L. Rippel

Spring in North Central Pennsylvania.

Spring in North Central Pennsylvania. TS

Turkey Vulture in a tree near the Pine Creek Gorge.

Turkey Vulture in a tree near the Pine Creek Gorge. TS

Pine Creek Gorge.

Pine Creek Gorge. TS

Late November fishing for steelhead at Walnut Creek, Lake Erie.

Late November fishing for steelhead at Walnut Creek, Lake Erie. TS

From experience.

From experience.

Fishing Tips.

Fishing Tips.

Fishing whirligig spotted during travel.

Fishing whirligig spotted during travel. TS

A church along Little Pine Creek, Waterville, PA.

A church along Little Pine Creek, Waterville, PA. TS

A farm in the Lehigh Vally, Pennsylvania.

A farm in the Lehigh Vally, Pennsylvania.

The Delaware River, Northeast PA, TS

The Delaware River, Northeast PA, TS

Sarver's Bait & Tackle hours.

Sarver’s Bait & Tackle hours.

Lots of activity at Boiling Spring, PA. TS

Lots of activity at Boiling Spring, PA. TS

Signs in Bait & Tackle.

Signs in Bait & Tackle. L. Rippel

Sign at Bellefonte, PA. TS

Sign at Bellefonte, PA. TS

Bridge over Little Pine Creek, Waterville, PA. TS

Bridge over Little Pine Creek, Waterville, PA. TS

A Pennsylvania Fish Commission stocking official unloads trout at a Beaver County stream.

A Pennsylvania Fish Commission stocking official unloads trout at a Beaver County stream. TS

A map with the route for The Fishing Report documentary.  TS

A map with the route for The Fishing Report documentary. TS

A papier-mâché grouse at Bait & Tackle.  TS

A papier-mâché grouse at Bait & Tackle. TS

Gear. TS

Gear. TS

Squirrel at Bellefonte. TS

Squirrel at Bellefonte. TS

Lycoming Creek, North Central Pennsylvania. TS

Lycoming Creek, North Central Pennsylvania. TS

Carter Camp, PA. TS

Carter Camp, PA. TS

Vulture in flight atop Pine Creek Gorge. TS

Vulture in flight atop Pine Creek Gorge. TS

Little Pine.  TS

Little Pine. TS

The Shop.

The Shop. TS

A papier-mâché owl perched inside.

A papier-mâché owl perched inside. TS

Tackle.

Tackle. TS

Angling in style. TS

Angling in style. TS

Red Flannel. TS

Red Flannel. TS

Fly Fishing. TS

Fly Fishing. TS

Downtown Pittsburgh. TS

Downtown Pittsburgh. TS

Golden Shiner. TS

Golden Shiner. TS

Pileated Woodpecker. TS

Pileated Woodpecker. TS

Shirttail Shuffler. TS

Shirttail Shuffler. TS

Lures. TS

Lures. TS

More lures.

More lures.

Mud Puppy. TS

Mud Puppy. TS

This will never work. TS

This will never work. TS

Mike Cuccaro was the cameraman for one of the expeditions.

Mike Cuccaro was the cameraman for one of the expeditions.

A cold day at Locust Lake.

A cold day at Locust Lake. TS

Waders near the dam at the opening day of trout season, Locust Lake, PA.

Waders near the dam at the opening day of trout season, Locust Lake, PA. TS

Opening day at Kettle Creek, North Central PA.

Opening day at Kettle Creek, North Central PA. TS

Jeremiah Johnson assisted with filming in North Central Pennsylvania.

Jeremiah Johnson assisted with filming in North Central Pennsylvania. TS

An old country general store.

An old country general store. TS

Frog Hut. TS

Frog Hut. TS

Window Display at Sarver's Bait & Tackle. L. Rippel

Window Display at Sarver’s Bait & Tackle. L. Rippel

Sales counter. L. Rippel

Sales counter. L. Rippel

Black Crappie.

Black Crappie.

Photo by L. Rippel.

Photo by L. Rippel.

Assistance with the filming of The Fishing Report was provided by Jeremiah Johnson, Rose Clancy, Liz Hammond and Mike Cuccaro.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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