Films from Tribeca: Kiss the Water

A profile of the late Megan Boyd, legendary fly-maker, brings viewers into the mesmerizing world of fly fishing

The flies of a modern fly-fisher are made mostly of plastic and glue. Once upon a time, though, flies could be miniature works of art—colorful bits of feather and tinsel wrapped around metal hooks. In Kiss the Water, director Eric Steel profiles the late Megan Boyd, a legend in the art of fly-making.

The Scotswoman lived alone in a cottage in the Scottish countryside, crafting flies that were renowned for their ability to ensnare elusive salmon. So renowned, in fact, that Prince Charles personally commissioned her to design flies for his own expeditions. Steel speaks with fishermen, all admirers of Boyd, and tracks down surviving fly-makers who knew or apprenticed with Boyd.

He suffuses the film with their accolades and anecdotes, which are almost as idyllic as the tranquil landscapes. It’s enough to make you want to drop everything and book a Scotland fishing retreat.

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