The red carpet, paparazzi and movie stars may be conspicuously missing in Aspen on Wednesday, March 19, but fish-heads from all over the valley will show up in full force at The Wheeler Opera House for this year’s installment of the Fly Fishing Film Tour.
If you have never experienced this quirky, adrenaline-fueled film festival, make sure to get your tickets in advance so you don’t miss out.
It takes talent and a keen eye to film a fishing movie that stands out from the crowd, and this year the submissions are better than ever.
“North of Wild” stars fly-fishing legend John Geirach as he explores Labrador, the easternmost province of Canada, in search of land-locked salmon and truly enormous brook trout, surrounded by jaw-dropping landscapes and old friends.
“A Kinetic Loop” takes us back in time to the pioneers of our sport, figuring it out as they went along on the Florida Keys flats in the 1960s and ’70s, oftentimes building their own gear because it just didn’t exist then.
These early fly-fishers were bad asses, plain and simple.
If you remember the Scorpion Reef crew from their 2012 film exploring a remote atoll in the Gulf of Mexico, this year they take their favorite bonefish guide, Alejandro “Sandflea” Vega Cruz to the remote bush country of Alaska and blow his mind in their newest film, “Alaska — La Frontera Nor”.
Huge rainbow trout, all on topwater mouse patterns. It doesn’t get any better than that.
This is just a sampling of the films that will be showcased at this once-a-year event, but you can see all the previews in advance at www.flyfilmtour.com.
This is a terrific event to see all the places fly-fishers go and why, meet industry professionals, and catch up with old and new fishing friends.
Discounted advance tickets are available at Taylor Creek Fly Shop and also at the door the day of the show, but don’t delay, tickets are selling like hot cakes!
— This column is provided every week by Taylor Creek Fly Shops in Aspen and Basalt. Taylor Creek can be reached at (970)927-4374 or taylorcreek.com.