Barbara Klutinis

Photo courtesy of Barbara Klutinis.

Barbara Klutinis has been fly fishing for the past eleven years and has been producing films for the past thirty. In 2010, Klutinis merged her two passions to create the highly acclaimed short film Stepping into the Stream.

Klutinis was born in 1943 in St. Louis, Missouri. Shortly afterward, her family moved to eastern Tennessee. She eventually moved to California to work with Pan American Airways, working as a still photographer in her spare time. Klutinis completed a master’s degree in film production following her retirement from the airline. Her first film, Pools, was released in 1981, and nine more films were released through 2010. Klutinis’s films have been screened in film festivals in the United States, Canada, South America, Mexico, Europe, and Japan.

Stepping into the Stream, claims Klutinis, is her first conventional documentary film. She brings the viewer into the world of fly fishing through interviews and footage of women angling—some well known and some lesser known. Klutinis believes it is important to show the connection between the angler, her life experiences, and the angling environment.

Barbara Klutinis lives with her husband and two sons in San Francisco and continues to fly fish. She recently retired as a film studies professor from Skyline College (San Bruno, California) and San Francisco State University (San Francisco, California). Klutinis is a member of the Golden West Women Flyfishers, the International Women Fly Fishers, and the Golden Gate Angling & Casting Club.


Note: this text was written in 2011.