Video: Mending the Line

World War II veteran and fly angler Frank Moore returns to the rivers of Normandy where he once fought.

Frank Moore Main

Frank Moore Main

Tough as nails, gentle as a poet, and determined as a badger, 90-year-old Frank Moore loves to fish. In 1944 he landed with some 150,000 other troops on the beaches of Normandy, France, for the D-Day allied invasion. Despite the war around him, the young fly fisherman couldn’t help but notice the productive fisheries on the rivers he and his fellow troops crossed as they made their way into occupied France.

Reflecting back upon his life, Moore felt compelled to return to the rivers of Normandy, this time armed not with a gun, but with a fly rod and reel. Seventy years later, the Uncage the Soul video production team will follow Moore as he travels back to Normandy. Once a soldier witnessing the horrors of war, now he returns to these rivers as a fisherman seeking serenity on the water.

The full documentary project will profile Moore’s inspiring and dynamic life history and follow his return to France to fish the rivers that he crossed so many years ago. There are few veterans in as good of health as Moore, and far fewer that are willing to take the time and effort to travel back to France to see the war grounds of their past. In May 2013 the Uncage the Soul Production team will travel to France with Moore and his wife Jeanne, traversing the rivers and World War II landmarks of Normandy.

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Frank Moore's lifetime accomplishments as a fly fisherman, conservationist and a veteran have earned him many awards, including the prestigious Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor, and recent induction into the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame. He has guided and fished with many famous anglers, including actors, congressmen and executives. He built and was the proprietor of the Steamboat Inn along the North Umpqua River.

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