What "personal projects" do you speak of, and what's the deal with the photo of the river you ask? Well, for any of you that know me or have poked around the website, you know that I love to fly fish. I began fly fishing on the Cuyahoga River and still fish it more than any other water.
The river has a fascinating story. It's name is an amalgamation of different Native American names, loosely translated to "crooked river". It was important to the Native American's way of life. Erie, Seneca, Ottowa, and Delaware tribes all lived along it's banks. Chief Pontiac was raised in the Cuyahoga Valley before moving to Michigan and leading a revolt. Europeans harnessed its strength to power the industrial revolution. This led to rampant abuse of the river and it's inhabitants. It became possibly the most notorious river in the country when it caught fire in 1969. This event has been credited with sparking modern environmentalism, leading to the creation of the EPA and the Clean Water Act. Today, the river is making an amazing comeback. Dams have been removed, stretches of river once devoid of fish are now thriving, and portions have been named a National Scenic River.
So, having spent so much time enjoying such a resource, I've decided to make a film about the life, history, and re-birth of the Cuyahoga from a fisherman's viewpoint. I'm excited about the project and can't wait to get started this spring. It's just in the planning stages, but stay tuned for updates!
I've included some photos from my fishing expeditions on the river. If you live in the area, make a point of getting out and experiencing the River.