On the Fly: Fly-fishing film tour on its way to Aspen
On The Fly
When it comes to high-quality fly fishing videos and films, we are living in the glory days.
Fishing films have come a long, long way in recent years, due in part to the relative inexpensiveness of high-quality waterproof HD cameras and the sheer numbers of fishing bums out there documenting their exploits.
Producing a compelling fishing video is not an easy undertaking. Poor-quality fishing video abounds on the Internet, as anyone can find upon close inspection.
Coming soon to Aspen is the answer to every bad fishing video you’ve ever endured: The Fly Fishing Film Tour.
F3T brings only the cream of the crop of this year’s fly fishing film offerings in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. The Wheeler Opera House is hosting this event for the fifth year in a row, and we are pleased to invite you again for a night of laughs, beers and good fishing friends. It takes place at 7 p.m. Friday, March 26.
Headlining the event is a film entitled “Co2ld Waters,” a movie that could easily appeal to non-angling audiences, let alone fellow fish-heads like ourselves. The film stars Craig Mathews of Blue Ribbon Flies, Yvon Chouinard of Patagonia, Steve Hemkens of Orvis, Tim Romano of Angling Trade, and Todd Tanner of Conservation Hawks.
The film looks at the single biggest threat to the future of angling: Climate Change.
“Breaking Through: The Story of Larry Fivecoats” is a heart-wrenching film about Larry Fivecoats, a Vietnam Veteran suffering through PTSD, depression and battling suicidal thoughts. Then Larry became introduced to Project Healing Waters where fly fishing became an outlet and an escape for him. In the wake of President Obama’s new foreign policy with Cuba, the film “90 Miles” is about the correlation of fish between the Florida Keys and Cuba; a distance of only 90 miles. Along the way, Will Benson, examines the possibility of working together to protect and shepherd our fisheries.
This tour is the perfect way to get a taste of many different films, all of which will be available soon on DVD at your favorite local fly shop.
F3T is also a terrific venue for viewing fish-gallery art, meeting new and old fishing buddies, sampling local brews and experiencing the traveling road show atmosphere of the tour. This tour is not just for dudes, by the way. Women made up for nearly a third of last year’s attendees, and female attendance has been rising every year since the inception of F3T.
Tickets are available at the door and discounted tickets can be picked up at Taylor Creek Fly Shops.
This column is provided weekly by Taylor Creek Fly Shops in Aspen and Basalt. Taylor Creek can be reached on the Web at http://www.taylorcreek.com.
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