By Betty Vanderwielen

No Fish Were Harmed in the Making of This Film


September 14, 2017

The movie poster for "A River Runs Through It" that John Baily, owner of Dan Baily Fly Fishing shop in Livingston and fly fishing coach for the movie, said is more artist than reality, "No one can make a line go straight up. That's impossible."

SEELEY LAKE – When a book begins "In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing," it is a safe bet the book is going to contain a lot about fly fishing. When that book is converted into a movie, it becomes necessary to show someone casting and catching fish. In addition, the fly fishing needs to look completely authentic. John Bailey is the one who brought that degree of perfection to the film "A River Runs Through It."

Baily owns the Dan Baily Fly Fishing shop in Livingston, Mont. The name, which is accompanied by the reputation of being the most famous fly fish...

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Reader Comments(1)

DHouck writes:

Just watched again last night; found your article while searching the surprising claim: no fish were harmed. Thanks for writing. May hunt up the documentary. A beautiful film.


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