How a Fly Fisherman & Chef Found Solace in the Outdoors

Fly fisherman and chef Ranga Perera casts with his whole heart after a health scare. See his story in this Stio short film.

We never know when a breath could be our last or when our heart will beat one last time. We’re not trying to be grim, but rather truthful and honest. Life is fleeting.

Stio’s new film, “Attack and Release,” dives into that topic. It introduces us to Ranga Perera, chef and fisherman, who finds solace and healing in the outdoors.

The short film, which the outdoor apparel brand debuted at the 5Point Adventure Film Festival last month, is an artful and accessible reminder of nature’s medicinal prowess, especially for Perera.

After emigrating from Sri Lanka to the United States, we learn that Perera lost his father to a heart attack. Amid grief and uncertainty, he migrated to Montana, where the magic of fly fishing offered him healing and perspective.

Perera then faced an unfortunate health scare of his own but was able to recover thanks to his connection to the outdoors. In the film, he learns the importance of mindfulness and living life with an open heart through his journey.

Runtime: 15 minutes

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Heather Hendricks

Heather Hendricks is a writer at GearJunkie.

She’s been writing about snowboarding, women’s gear, travel, and mountain towns for more than 15 years. Prior to that, Heather worked at TransWorld SNOWboarding Magazine as a Contributing Editor and Special Projects Manager. She also worked as a Gear and Travel Editor at Teton Gravity Research. And she worked as an Online Editor of Snowboard Mag.

Based in Colorado, Heather likes to live by the seat of her pants, and is always up for a road trip or spontaneous adventure. She’s currently learning to fly fish, how-to-be a new dog mom, and is van-living and loving it.

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