PG | | Drama
The story about two sons of a stern minister -- one reserved, one rebellious -- growing up in rural Montana while devoted to fly fishing.
The poem that Norman Maclean and his father recite is an excerpt from "Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood" by William Wordsworth.
Long ago, when I was a young man, my father said to me, "Norman, you like to write stories." And I said "Yes, I do." Then he said, "Someday, when you're ready you might tell our family story. Only then will you understand what happened and why."
When Paul holds up the big fish there is some monofilament line visible that goes through the fishes mouth.
The scenes on the Blackfoot River were actually shot on the Madison and other rivers around the Bozeman and Livingston areas. The "Big Blackfoot" has already become too polluted and populated to provide the image the scene required.