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New Yeti Catalog and Brochure Feature the little bro!

New Yeti Catalog and Brochure Feature the little bro – Ben Beattie fishing on the Econ in FL -

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Missoula – Where I should have gone to college.

Had the opportunity to do a little cast and blast weekend with Austin Trayser and his buddies up in Missoula – awesome weekend with a few dead birds and some unexpected fish.  Back in the day I looked at going to school in Missoula, but with awesome hunting and skiing in every direction, would probably still be in school… so I decided to keep looking. Turns out that was a bad decision. Thew boys are living the dream – besides the usual perks of living in a college town  – they have a drift boat in the garage and fish and hunt whenever there is a free moment… hopefully they know how lucky they are!


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Dudewater does it again…

Besides the name that leaves many puzzled, the boys over at the Dudewater blog are posting some quality as of late.

Shaking it up a bit….

I think it’s safe to say that those of us along the southern shore of ol’ Erie have gotten settled in to the steelhead scene. After all, it’s already November, and most of us start to come down with the bug by late August.
I realize that I’m in the minority when it comes to time spent on the stream – most guys can’t get much, but I’m fortunate enough to be on the far other side of the spectrum. More time on the water – be it working, or playing – equals more steelhead. So far steelhead alley has had it’s share of crummy conditions and tough fishing, but I’ve been lucky enough to have had a lot of steelhead in my net already this fall. read more… at

Winter is here…

Kick’n it in Taipei, Taiwan

Kick’n it in Taipei, Taiwan:

We spent the day running around the city – blatant overuse of the fisheye but sometimes you need to get it out of your system. Made it to the coast but the rain limited out time – and my step dad had an opportunity to destroy an umbrella… don’t see that every day.

Sunrise in Aspen, CO

Sunrise time lapse in Aspen, CO. Fall, 2010. Shot by hand with a watch and the Canon 7D.

What do Pike eat?

Night Time Lapse – Colorado Rocky Mountains – 9.15.10

Night Time Lapse – Colorado Rocky Mountains – 9.15.10

Time Lapse: Hiking out of the Black Canyon

Playing around with the Canon 7D while hiking out of the Black Canyon… wish the real hike was this short…

Drake Mag Video Awards: When Guiding Goes Gangster

2010 Drake Mag Video Awards: When Guiding Goes Gangster – wins best Humor Award….

Developing the script for guiding goes gangster:

RA: I can’t really remember – I think I was driving across Montana with Joey Macomber (Jmac) and we came up with a simple premise for a short film: When guiding goes gangster. A series of scenes with cars, guns and bling…

Joey: We were actually speeding down a dirt road in Basalt, CO hungover as hell, blasting some ghetto music and scaring my father who was in the back seat of a 88 Land Cruiser, which had no breaks and expired MT plates. This is when the guiding gone gangster idea was born. After a giant smothered Burrito at 2 Rivers Cafe and a bloody Mary we had the idea in swing.

RA:  Whatever – so Joey has a memories. No big deal.  And I only eat the huevos rancheros at two rivers. And my car still has some breaks.

Worst Idea Ever:

Films need props. This one needed dice, fake guns, gangsta clothes… and unfortunately a giant gangsta ass car.  Without one on hand, we decided to check out craigs list… next thing you know Tom Bie and I and are owners of a sweet ass gangsta ride… black on black.. seemed like a good idea at the time.  But we have a promo idea – coming out soon – involves the car, a drift boat and the opening the car up to the public to take the car on a road trip… more info to come on that front.

Just another night at FFR:

We were waiting in line to get a wrist band outside of Cervantes – the venue for the film tour – and a homeless guy was trying to sell me a sweaty vicodin (an advil). Hours later we were watching a number of amazing vids from around the industry… everything from tarpon caught from float tubes to aliens invading… and then some of this: our gangsta cut

The Night Continues:

Joe Willauer (badd-ass montana/washington based guide) started calling Joey Mac Sharp Cheddar a few years back.  The name stuck. Hours after the film premiered, we were in some downtown Denver bar break dancing with a bunch of random broads – and the Drake Mag Award took a spill out of my back pocket. We found it – but the base of the award was long gone. The award was scratched up and smelled like warm beer and feet. Perfect initiation for the little guy into the group…. it was not as scratched when we got it – sorry Tom B.

The Late Night Report:

After paying a guy to rap on the street – a midnight high-speed tailgate rescue – chasing down a richshaw that took $40 from us – soliciting a ride to a pizza parlor from a delivery guy – confronting a egotistical midget wrestler – we ended up in the most logical place. 7eleven. Where we rang up this beauty. The perfect ending to a healthy evening. The next morning was magical, as the be expected.

Into the BC with the Alpacka Raft

2010 Drake Mag Vid Awards are at hand…

For a number of years now we’ve participated in the Drake Magazine’s Five Minutes of Fly Fishing Video Awards… this year we’ve gone all out to produce  a fun piece for the show. We went just a touch overboard on this one – Tom Bie and I even purchased a car for the shoot (there will be a cool promo event with the car coming up this fall – so stay tuned).  What’s the film about? Well, you’re going to have to be there to see for yourself!

When: September 9, 2010 – 8pm

Where: Cervantes Ballroom

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Catch us in the latest Catch Mag!

For two years now the boys at Catch Mag have been cranking out an online photo/video, mixed media online cata-blog – filled with stunning imagery from around the world. We were stoked to help out with the 2nd anniversary edition by giving them a short custom vid from our midwest film travels. Check out the vid by logging onto The rest of the midwest footage will be included on our upcoming DVD – Off the Grid…

Rock’n it like big foot!

Beattie Outdoor Productions crew member (also has his own company and blog -lateral line media) has a sweet ass hoodie out – inspired from a film trip in Washington -I don’t like to post much about merch and whatnot – but sort of cool.

Here’s what he’s saying about it: Need one?

“We had some hooded sweatshirts made for our Steelhead Trip and I have gotten a bunch of interest from folks who have seen them kicking around. Here are a couple pics. It is sasquatch holding a spey rod in the forest on the front, it seemed fitting considering that he lives in the Pacific Northwest, and on the back there is a fish with text that read release wild steelhead. If you would like one shoot us and email with your size and shipping address.”

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12 reasons to get off the grid

The new film we are working on is called Off the Grid… I was driving up to see a very good friend today above Rudi Res and had to snap this shot as I drove along the river…


Long road trips across the american west, in summer, are almost always accompanied by massive storms… always a beautiful site.  As long as they don’t turn into a twister…

Streamer day in MT with the Stonefly Inn Crew

Just got home from a long – but awesome – day on the water with the Stonefly Inn Crew (Rooster, Bubba and Joe – aka the Vanilla Gorilla). Long drive north to kick off the day (2hrs) followed by a 6 mile or more treck along what has to be one of the coolest little secret creeks in the area. Tough conditions all around, but managed to connect with a few decent fish on streamers. Footage to come. Put together a few photos from the day but too worn out to get any video edited and on the blog… here are some shots:

Yeti and the testi festival

On Friday (August 6th) we had the chance to jam out with friend and fellow photographer/angler Austin Trayser – lead guitar player in a little band called Yeti… only catch, they played a little venue called the Testi Festival. Um, yeah. Didn’t really know what we were getting into, but lets just say it was an interesting experience – to say the least. Now unfortunately we can’t really share most of the photos from the event because it would probably be illegal to do so – but here are a few:

Evening on the Beaverhead

No better way to end a long day than a nice little float on the Beaverhead, outside of Dillon MT. In these photos Autin Traser and Hucho:

Carp carp carp – time

MT carp time… fishing with my dad (Zeno Beattie) and John Huber:

My old man with a nice little ripper.

Johnny-Boy with a little better one…

Me with a golden bone

On the river with the Stonefly Inn

Last summer we spent a few weeks in MT shooting with Rooster Leavens and the crew from The Stonefly Inn. Now we’re back for a week collecting some additional media with the team – here are a few photos from our first day out… and night.

Playing catch-up: BC or Bust, the Midwest Tour, Bahamas (ooohhh) and more…

We’ve been on the road for about 4 months with virtually NO time for updates, so playing a little catch up and adding a little old stuff.  We are just back from Wyoming, and have a new post about our travels below, but also have so show off some new vids from BC and the Midwest – oh and the Bahamas… we were in the Bahamas shooting as well… All of these adventure deserve their own posts, but this is the heart of fishing season – and it is tough to put together full blown posts, fish, and edit all this stuff. I know, we’re not bitching, just being honest/lazy. So here we go: we spent most of May in BC with a bunch of friends (Sturgeon Slayers, Upstream Adventures, Leisure Suit Charters, Chromer Sport Fishing, etc.) and then we were in the Midwest for a few weeks – then were home for about 24 hrs before headed to the Bahamas. Then home for two days before hitting the road back west… what a hell of a life… here are some new vids… enjoy

Midwest Vid… probably one of the most fun shoots of my life… just saying.

BC or Bust: Onion Lake Vid – some of the best lake fishing I have seen (but I’m sort of a rookie lake guy, so for what it’s worth…)

Fly Fishing Slatwaters Bahamas Bonefish Vid

Fly Fishing the Bahamas with Fly Fishing Slatwaters from RA Beattie on Vimeo.

Wyoming: Round 2 with the Wild Bunch Gang

Some days are tougher than others. Today was starting out tougher than usual. A giant half bent nail protruding from the tread of the back left tire was not the end of the world by any means – but the keys had been locked in the car for almost 40 hrs – and the spare tire cranking-rod (whatever that is called) was nowhere to be found.  The nearest town was a long distance away and no cell reception. Today’s trip to the reservoir in search of carp was starting out slowly.

(in this photo: the guides live in this classic trailer nicknamed “poolside” for its awesome blow-up pool out front.  Capacity: 3 guides, 1 couch bum filmer, 4 dogs, 1 cat)

Last year I spent a week filming with the crew at Rock Creek Anglers, a small fly shop located on a dude ranch called the HF Bar, outside of Saddlestring, Wyoming.  I returned again this summer, urged by whispers of a plague-like hopper hatch and because the gang at the ranch are a hell of a lot of fun!  Not far from Holl in the Wall – the famous hideout of Butch Casidy, Sundance and the Wild Bunch Gang – the guides at Rock Creek Anglers take two things very seriously: fishing and partying.  Being a coneseur of both, I pulled the flats boat up to WY with hopes of exploring the many reservoirs in the area for Carp, while also hitting up some of the killer desert trout streams… Alas, I was horrified to learn that an almost county wide pesticide spraying attempt demolished what was sure to be one of the most epic hopper seasons.  Sure, the fish were still there and eager to eat nymphs and streamers – but I was heartbroken.  The opportunity to capture a truly epic giant-trout-hopper-eat-fest was no more… so we turned almost all of our attention to exploring the carp fisheries in the area. Here are a few photos from the water…

fishing the big rock island for carp in wyoming

clark smyth with a nice carp in wyoming

hooking carp on the big rock

We were fortunate to explore some unreal water and found carp in high numbers almost everywhere we looked.  I was really surprised how varied the landscape is in WY, and as always totally blow away at the natural beauty of the desert landscape.  One evening we had the pleasure of watching a massive thunderstorm slide down the distant peaks and roll across the desert, only to hit us in the middle of the night. Here are a few photos and time lapse shots of the storm approaching and arriving:

A day with the Ellers

The last stop on our midwest tour was somewhere in the middle of northern Wisconsin – where we had the opportunity to fish with Ellers on a little hidden gem full of Smallies and Pike.


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