Yeah, if you haven't noticed, I love me some fine "unscripted" programming like American Pickers, Pawn Stars, Storage Wars, Hoarders, Swamp People, Finding Bigfoot, Deadliest Catch, and so on and so on. Truthfully, I never watch these shows in real time, rather in weekend marathon installments. They're much more palatable and addictive that way.
|Never doubt science. Or Bobo.|
Anyway, it sorta got me thinking....where is OUR show? And by "our" I mean the world of fishing...or whatever you'd call it. I mean all these networks really do is put the word "American" in front of anything, and BAM!, you've evidently got a show. (American Pickers, American Guns, American Restoration, American Chopper, etc, etc...) Where's American Guides...or American Fly?
Now, yes, I realize there are plenty of fishing shows on TV. But I'm not talking the likes of Bill Dance, Larry Czonka, Jeremy Wade, or even The Spanish Fly (may he rest in peace). That noodling show doesn't count either...although it's close. I'm talking something a little more offbeat. From what I read from pockets of the fly-fishing blogging universe, there's seemingly enough characters out there to make at minimum half a season of shows. I mean if there's a show called Full Metal Jousting...well...ummm...c'mon.
|These goofs go medieval on your ass?|
The Fat Guy Fly Fishing guys...maybe Third Coast Fly...Gink & Gasoline...Lo Fi Fly...hell, Marc Crapo's beard alone could become a mainstream sensation not seen since the likes of Brad Pitt waving a fly rod.
|The beard does all the talking|
Just don't include Moldy Chum, as that would clearly be best served in a "The Soup/Tosh.0" format.
Who knows, maybe this already exists on some Outdoors channel I refuse to pay Comca...I mean Xfinity...another dime to subscribe to. But if it does, what does it matter; it ain't on the TV schedule alongside Toddlers & Tiaras, so you know nobody else is watching either. Go big or go home.
Then again, maybe us fisherfolk just aren't all that entertaining and exist in a niche so small we can only effectively amuse our pathetic selves...The Real Housewives of the Front Range would never work, right? Yeah, that's probably the case...
Got an idea for a fishing TV show?...think you have the perfect star?...the comments await below!