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2021 Fly Fishing Film Tour Friday, July 30

2021 Fly Fishing Film Tour

  • Location: John & Nancy Hughes Theater
    400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest, 60045

The 15th annual Fly Fishing Film Tour is hitting the road with a net full of amazing short films!

This year’s official selections include some of the most exciting, story-driven pieces that are sure to get you on the water. With unforgettable storytelling that spans the globe—from the remote wilds of Eastern Russia to the Guyana rainforest, the flats of French Polynesia, and all the way to Utah’s Flaming Gorge and Bimini, this year’s film tour is sure to feed your fishing addiction.

Come for unforgettable films, camaraderie, free giveaways, swag and more. The F3T aims to inspire and build awareness for conservation efforts around the world. Join our community of like-minded anglers to celebrate 15 years of the largest fly fishing film event of its kind.

RAFFLE
With your ticket purchase you’ll be entered for a chance to win a number of raffle prizes on the day of the event. Raffle prizes include a Yeti LoadOut Bucket, Simms Taco Wader Bag, Scientific Anglers Premium Fly Line and Costa Sunglasses!

FILMS (presented as one collection of short films)

HARDLINED – directed by Chris Kitchen
Every year, a migration of epic proportions takes place along the Eastern Seaboard of America. From the Carolinas to Canada, anglers flock to the rocky coastlines, estuaries, rivers and inshore waters to target one of America’s most iconic gamefish, the Striped Bass. Despite its popularity and significance to the coastal communities in the Northeast, the fishery is once again in major jeopardy. The last time this happened, we witnessed one of the greatest conservation success stories of all time, restoring the stock to astronomical numbers. Today, the question on everyone’s mind is can we do it again? 

LEAP YEAR – directed by Jordie Lepage and Chase White
On the surface, spey fishing for steelhead is a sporting pursuit steeped in tradition. Every year, these anglers and the wild fish they pursue both migrate to the same rivers at the same time. Now, from issues like global pandemics to global warming, there are countless ways in which this tradition can be broken. In swinging flies for wild steelhead in British Columbia’s famed Bulkley-Skeena Valley, Leap Year explores the river and the colorful characters of this culture as it begs the question: who will carry on these traditions if the migrations come screeching to a halt?

ESCAPEdirected and produced by Ryan Kelly and Gilbert Trowley
Life isn’t about what happens to us, it’s how we react. Follow avid angler Ryan Kelly as he documents the management of a disease that requires him to move constantly to cope with the pain. Living in the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, he logs over 1500 miles on the “heal-toe express” and another 1000+ on the sticks. Through the process he finds the most extraordinary Escape

REWA RODEO – directed and Produced by Johann Du Preez
This is the story of a small village in the heart of Guyana that conserves fish and wildlife of the Rewa River. Not only did their efforts bring a fish back from the brink of extinction but it created the finest arapaima fishery on the planet. 

MIGHTY WATERSdirected by Shannon Vandivier 
In Bimini, an island in the Bahamas, Martin Luther King Jr found a friend in Ansil Saunders. Ansil is a bonefish guide and community leader who speaks of MLK as a friend as genuine to your face as he was to millions on a stage. Dr. King enjoyed the solitude of Bimini to write and think. Four days before his assassination, they sat in Ansil’s boat, sharing psalms while Dr. King worked on his final speech – “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop.” MLK had a great influence on Ansil and the community of Bimini, inspiring freedom in the Bahamas from colonial rule and for equality. 

A SOUL CLEANSING SPOT BURNdirected and produced by RA Beattie 
We were torn about this one. Is it acceptable to tell the world about an uncrowded river with big smallmouth that slurp topwater flies if a mine threatens to ruin the whole thing? We’re all sick of spot burning, but we’re more sick of sulfide mines threatening iconic fisheries. This is a soul-cleansing spot burn. 

TETIAROAdirected and produced by Kane Chenoweth and Josh Hutchins 
Tetiaroa is a special place. Nestled among the Society Islands of French Polynesia, it offers a promised land of giant bonefish, GTs and Trigger fish. 40 miles from Tahiti, owned by the Brando estate, Tetiaroa is an untapped yet vulnerable beauty, deserving of protection. Join Joshua Hutchins of Aussie Fly Fisher and the team from Fly Oddssey as they explore the endless flats and unbelievable fishing. Double figure bonefish and cruisy island vibes make this a once-in-a-lifetime trip. 

DROPPED IN THE PACIFIC directed and Produced by Jessica Haydahl
Seven women are on an adventure of a lifetime; dropped in the Pacific to fish the famous Christmas Island coral atoll. The women experience the remote nature and unforgiving weather that Christmas Island can be known for. Together as a group, they share their experiences, the difficulties and joys they encountered, as well as what the sport of fly fishing brings to their lives. 

RIVER TIGERSdirected by Andy Maser and Adam Bagger
An unlikely trio is lured to a remote river in the wilderness of the Russian Far East in search of a mythical 55-kilogram (120-pound) trout. The adventurers — a billionaire Russian businessman, an American fly fisherman, and a Russian scientist — must join forces to unlock the river’s secrets in order to save it. 

DENNY’S FLY BOX directed and Produced by Matt Devlin
This is the story of unknown legend Denny Waln.  Waln is a master flytier and angler.  He’s one of a kind. Cut from the cloth of a bygone era, his humble, no-nonsense nature leaves an indelible imprint on those he crosses paths with.  Join us as we peek inside Denny’s fly box.  From filmmaker Matt Devlin of PMD productions in Missoula, MT.  

JUST LIKE MAC – directed and Produced by Ben Meadows
Uncle Mac left a deep imprint on Tommy. Join us as we retrace Tommy’s steps– from farm ponds to tarpon flats– to understand why.

A JOURNEY UPSTREAM directed by The Braker Brothers
The tale of two seemingly unrelated fish species that helps us understand the connectivity within our environment and the importance of a healthy Chesapeake Bay watershed. 

 

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