Portrait of a Fisherman

From an outsider’s perspective, a fisherman’s dedication to their sport may seem driven by the thrill of the catch, by the surge of adrenaline as your reel spools out of control, but I believe it goes deeper than that.

Matt Slater is a Squamish, BC local and an accomplished fly fisher who I’ve had the pleasure of working with on multiple film projects. I have never tired of witnessing his level of expertise while nailing a catch. But beyond that, what I’ve learned from being on the river with him, and what I have endeavoured to communicate with this video, is the flow state of fishing.

This near-meditative experience, not of the catch, but of everything else is the real reason I believe we go to the river. With the use of slow-motion and sound design, this edit allows the viewer not only to witness but to be immersed in nature alongside Matt. Disconnected from daily stresses and technology, he focuses on a single primal task that has been practiced for thousands of years.


Regardless of whether it’s with a camera or a fishing rod, spending time like this at the river is something I plan to do more of.

Marshal Chupa