The award-winning documentary “Live The Stream: The Story of Joe Humphreys,” a fly-fishing legend, will be shown this coming Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Victoria Theater at 222 Main Street, Blossburg. Sponsoring the screening is Tiadaghton Chapter #688 of Trout Unlimited based in Tioga County.
With its breathtaking cinematography and moving soundtrack, the emotional and inspiring film is about far more than fly fishing. It’s a beautiful story about life.
“‘Live The Stream’ is a fantastic movie,” said Chris Wood, National Trout Unlimited president and CEO. “Its cinematography captures the essence of the ‘quiet sport.’ But it is the subject that makes the film exceptional. It is a testimonial to the life of Pennsylvania angler, Joe Humphreys.”
Humphreys was 86 when filming of the documentary began and turned 90 on Jan. 19, 2019, the day after he attended the screening of the documentary in State College where he lives.
Penn State film-video alumnus Lucas Bell and his company Nomadic, which he co-founded with his wife, Meigan, produced the film. “People who have seen it always say, ‘Wow, this is way more than fly-fishing,’ said Bell. “It’s a great life story, it’s touching, it’s about family, friendships and nature. It’s a lot more than people expect it to be. Yes, it’s inspiring to fly-fishing enthusiasts, but it’s also relatable to everyone else,” Bell said. “Within two minutes of meeting Joe, you realize how unique, engaging and charismatic he is. When he tells a story, you don’t want him to stop.”
Humphreys is a man with a wonderful family, a wealth of friends, and a resume of remarkable talents. He’s a multi-lettered collegiate athlete who easily could have chosen another career path but, instead, decided to devote his life to fly fishing.
This iconic angler has traveled the world representing the U.S. in fly fishing competitions, has guided presidents and celebrities, held a Pennsylvania record, hosted an ESPN show, and was inducted into the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame, yet his focus has always been on teaching, coaching, and passing on the joys of fly fishing to anyone who wants to learn.
“I’m a professional fly fisherman but I’m a teacher first,” says Humphreys in the documentary.
A former public school teacher and wrestling coach, Humphreys sees linkage between learning to catch fish and appreciating the environment that produced them.
The books he has authored have helped many students better their fly-fishing skills. So did his classroom work as a 19-year instructor of the renowned Penn State Angling program.
He’s an icon happily living his life in a Pennsylvania community but his impact on fly fisherman all over the world is profound.
What drives him? Why does he love fly fishing and what importance does he see in passing it on?
Admission is free. A $5 donation is requested to benefit Tiadaghton Chapter #688 Trout Unlimited conservation projects. For more information, call Jim Weaver at (570) 439-7729 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.