The Yellowstone River looms large in every angler’s imagination, but few have ever seen the whole waterway.
“Where the Yellowstone Goes” answers that need, compressing a 30-day fishing trip into a 90-minute documentary that premieres in Missoula this Saturday. Director Hunter Weeks gathered several friends and a scrambling team of camera operators to paddle each bend in the river from Yankee Jim Canyon to the North Dakota border.
“They fished, but also they talked to people who lived along the river,” said Rick Marcum of Grizzly Hackle International Fishing in Missoula, which helped sponsor the premiere at the Wilma Theater. “They got into what’s going on with environmental issues.”
The trip took place in September 2011, shortly after a pipeline leak spilled more than 60,000 gallons of crude oil into the Yellowstone. The boaters balance the spill and rip-rap controversies with shoreline residents who display a deep and historical love for the river.
They also chronicle the pleasures of Bloody Marys at an Emigrant bar, a sheep drive in Reed Point and the “cake ladies,” Fritzi Idleman and Tia Kober, in Park City.