Some of you may recall last fall I spent several days out at Ogallala helping film some promotional videos of the McConaughy/Ogallala area (Smile). We spent several spectacular days shooting footage of a variety of things last fall. Now I want share some of the finished products with you.
These videos were produced by Christian Bohuslavschi, and air under the label of CrossWest Adventures TV Series. All of the segments of that TV series can be found there on their YouTube page; the videos produced from last fall’s footage are included in the Western Insider series.
Mostly, I helped with getting some fishing footage last fall, but that was not the only shooting in which I was involved. Here is the first segment, there is some fishing here, and some of my ugly mug being interviewed. There are some shots of me driving around in “Whitetips 1” too.
Here is the second one, some more fishing footage here. They had me sit down and do some more interview material too. Naturally they wanted me to talk about how important fishing at McConaughy and Lake Ogallala has been to me and my family over the years. I knew I could not do that without getting emotional, especially with the loss of my Dad just a few months before. I tried to do my best. Christian included a bunch of my family fishing photos in the video; admittedly not all of those were taken on McConaughy or Ogallala, but some of them were. I would tell you the same thing, how special those waters are to me, about many, many other waters in Nebraska.
For illustration purposes the producer also asked me for fish pictures of a variety of species of fish. No, of the pictures that are shown, not all of those fish were caught at McConaughy, but they are all examples of fish that can be caught in McConaughy or in Lake Ogallala; they were what the producer asked of me.
As you can see we spent some time fishing/filming with Jerry Steinke. Jerry has fished McConaughy for years and knows his stuff. If you are interested in his and Kevin Jenny’s services, Lake McConaughy Guide Services. Although Jerry and I were chomping at the bit to get real serious about fishing that day, we did not do a lot of hard fishing. It was a beautiful day for getting footage of scenery, etc. We did find a pike and a couple of other fish that cooperated.
Oh, one other thing, with a lot of coaching, I helped capture some of that underwater trout footage you see in the videos.
Lastly here is the third segment. Most of the focus here is on Lake Ogallala and there is a lot more fishing footage here (saved the best for last).
After filming scenery, boating, driving, signs, clouds, set-up shots, and a lot of other stuff, I finally got the green light to get after some trout down on the river. I had ’em dialed-in by then and we got all the trout fishing footage that Christian wanted in short order. I got to the point where I did not even make a cast until the camera was ready and on me; I knew I would get bit.
I am fully aware that Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala are no secret, that there are LOTS of folks that already know about those resources and utilize them. We do not need to do a bunch of promotion to sell it. Regardless, it is nice to have these videos, they are very well done and very representative of the beauty and outdoor opportunities in that area. I was happy to help with the filming last fall.
Yes, there was a lot of sandy beach last fall that is now under water, but that is a good thing too. More water is great for the fish populations and it just means that folks have to shift to alternate spots to enjoy all of the other outdoor opportunities there.