My son, Tony (left), and Zach Gildorf from The River Why movie, on set at the fly shop (NWFFO)

The movie The River Why was on some channel this morning. I read the book when it was first released in 1983. A few years ago, the film was filmed, in part, at a local fly shop where my son worked. It was fun to see the set up and behind the scenes effort. I knew parts were also filmed down along the Wilson River. So, I sat through the movie and found it over all scenic, distracting and somewhat cheesy at times. Most of it was highly improbable and awkward in the mechanics, but the message was the point. I particularly like the final sentence.

But, the final passages in the movie, plus Gus’s reconnecting with his parents was the most enjoyable aside from the sunshine artfully streaming down upon Amber Heard‘s blond locks.

“People often don’t know what they are talking about, but when they talk about love, they really don’t know what they are talking about. The one sure thing you can say about love, is that there isn’t much you can say about it. Not that you shouldn’t try. You can make analogies, love is like a lot of things. One thing it is like is a trout stream. Try to capture a trout stream with a dam, and you get a lake. Try to catch it in a bucket, and you get a bucket of water. Put some under a microscope, and you get a closeup look at some writhing amorphous microcooties. But a trout stream is only a trout stream when its flowing between two banks, at it own pace, and in its own sweet way.”

This isn’t a movie review, believe me. It is just that I liked that final passage in the movie and the scenery. The book is worth a read for sure.