Fly Fishing Film Tour lands in Seattle on Feb. 7

Whatever your fly fishing predilection may be, the Fly Fishing Film Tour likely has a film to stoke that passion. The tour comes to Seattle on Feb. 7 at SIFF Cinema Uptown (511 Queen Anne Ave North) and tickets are available from local fly fishing retailers including The Avid Angler, Pacific Fly Fishers, and Creekside Angling Co. for $13. The online tickets are already sold out, so contact your retailers to snatch up those final stragglers.

Here's more information on the show:

FLY FISHING’S TOP LIVE EVENT HIGHLIGHT SPORT’S GREATEST ADVENTURES

Annual HD film tour supports local fly shops, inspires audiences with incredible worldwide footage

(Boulder, CO) – The most anticipated and celebrated event in the fly fishing industry, the Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T), begins its annual continent-wide trek January 26th. With over 40,000 attendees, 150-plus shows and more than 200 fly shop partners, the F3T has certainly cemented its position as the premier event on the fly fishing calendar. Not to be overlooked is the $350,000 in prizes and goods being distributed to fans, over $30,000 going back to support filmmakers and the 150 different local conservation groups benefitting from tour exposure and proceeds.

The F3T’s positive role in the industry is dynamic: it’s a stage for top filmmakers, a revenue generator and marketing tool for local shops and outfitters, and an educational outlet and awareness opportunity for conservation groups. But regardless of role, it’s widely accepted that the F3T is one heck of a party celebrating fly fishing and shouldn’t be missed.

“We’ve worked really hard on creating an electrifying experience for our fans,” says F3T co-owner Doug Powell. “The atmosphere we create at our premiers with HD projectors, booming soundtracks, tons of giveaways, interactive booths and cheering fans is not easily replicated and unique to the industry.”

Adventure is a focal point of the films featured in this year’s tour. “We approached this year with the attitude that ‘adventure is what you make it’. Sometimes the greatest adventures can be found in your own backyard or an urban corridor”, says F3T co-owner Chris Keig. “So that’s why in addition to our usual assortment of fascinating destinations like Thailand, Bolivia, and Georgia (the country), we’ve also got great segments from Washington D.C., the Midwest, the Pacific Northwest and the Rocky Mountains.”

Another central theme of this year’s F3T is diversity. “The number of different species we’ve got this year is too long to list”, Keig continues. “From Steelhead to Snakehead, Bonefish to Bass, Trout to Triggerfish, it’s an awesome assortment of fish.”

With nearly 75% of the shows selling out in advance, demand for F3T tickets is at an all-time high. “We hear from people constantly who couldn’t get tickets, or want us to bring the tour to their town”, Powell says. “As far as tickets go, we recommend our fans visit our local fly shops where they can get discounted tickets. Just make sure you go soon, we’ve had shows that sell out three months in advance.”

For a tour schedule, film trailers, tickets, photos, or info on hosting your own show visit TheF3T.com.

The Fly Fishing Film Tour is produced by Webeye Group, LLC. It is sponsored by Costa, Patagonia, Sage, Ross Reels, Yeti Coolers, Scientific Anglers, Trout Unlimited, Mountain magazine, El Pescador Lodge, The Drake magazine, Montana Fly Company, and Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures.

And for those looking for additional details, here is more on the individual shorts during the film festival:

NOTE: not all films appear at every screening

Magnetic North >> Fly Out Media

ABOUT THE FILM
Location: Tordrillo Lodge, Alaska
Species: King Salmon
Blurb: Magnetic North tells the story of the draw of Alaska, told through the voices of guides and anglers who live and work there. For anyone who has spent time in the Last Frontier, you know that there is an intangible connection to the land, wildlife, water, and culture. Magnetic North focuses beyond the incredible fishing by presenting the human attraction and intrinsic connection to this truly wild place. Magnetic North gives a taste of the dream of Alaska and its alluring pull.

ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
Filmmaker and producer Cory Luoma, is an avid fly fisherman, skier, and world traveler. He has worked as an engineer, college professor, fly fishing guide, and marketing consultant. Cory is the owner of AlaskaFlyOut.com and Fly Out Media. AlaskaFlyOut.com is an online community for Alaska fishing and adventure focusing on progressive media, unique storytelling, and responsible tourism in Alaska.
(AlaskaFlyOut.com)

Thai One On >> Cinema Digital / Travis Lowe

ABOUT THE FILM
Location: Thailand
Species: Mahseer
Blurb: Deep in the pristine jungle of northern Thailand lies the Mae Ngao. Literally translated Mae Ngao means the River of Reflection. Named for its crystal clear water, the Mae Ngao is home to the legendary Mahseer. A species first prized by British anglers during the days of the Raj. Known as the aquatic tiger of the Asian subcontinent the Mahseer is revered for its phenomenal fight. Filmmaker Travis Lowe follows three anglers and a local guide as they work with hill tribe villagers to protect the entire 60km length of the River of Reflection. Hoping to protect critical habitat for the Golden Mahseer and open up the area as a world-class destination fishery. In the process, the group helps bring desperately needed money to the cash starved Karen villagers in turn protecting an endangered species - a feat that entails a witch doctor, a spirit curse and quite possibly the introduction of fish aquaculture.

ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
Together with his partner, Jessica Samuels, Travis Lowe operates Cinema Digital, a private production company focused on documentary production. Travis has managed to combine his passion for fly fishing with his work in the film and television industry. He has produced, shot and edited an 8-part news series for CHBC in conjunction with Scientific Anglers called “The World of Fly Fishing”. His latest endeavor, the RM Angler Fly Fishing Film Festival has acted as a catalyst for a group of anglers and conservationists to form a chapter of Trout Unlimited Canada in his home of Kelowna, British Columbia.

(Vimeo.com/user10203747)

Reel: A Day on the River >> OMS Photography

ABOUT THE FILM
Location: East Coast
Species: Trout
Blurb: For many, the Upper Delaware and Catskill region is a refuge from the hectic pace of life in the working world. For anglers especially, it is an opportunity to fully immerse mind, body and spirit in the unique rhythms of the river system. The elemental act of angling enables this escape in a way nothing else can. “Reel: A Day on the River,” is an inspirational film about the tradition and culture of fly fishing in the East. It highlights the responsibility we have to protect resources like the Upper Delaware River for future generations. Set against the backdrop of the western Catskills, the film invites viewers to float the West Branch of the Upper Delaware with professional guides Joe Demalderis , Jim “Coz” Costolnick, and Ryan Furtak. These men provide their unique insight into the fishery; it’s vast array of aquatic life, and their intense respect for the landscape and local community.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
OMS Photo is a multimedia group focusing in still photography and filmmaking. Producers and lifelong fly anglers Monty Milburn and Brent Taylor met and began working together at OMS in 2004. Spending a great amount of time on location for national advertising clients, fly fishing became part of the production schedule for Milburn and Taylor. Tacking a few extra days on to each production to explore the area they were in became the routine - a camera was never far away and the move to capturing fly fishing images just seemed to be a natural progression.
(OMSPhoto.com)

Hit ‘Em Again Doc >> Brian Huskey

ABOUT THE FILM
Location: Silver Creek, Idaho
Species: Trout
Blurb: Nobody intended to make a sequel to Doc of the Drakes. It was coincidence that filmmaker Bryan Huskey even ended up on the water with Pete and Doc again this past summer. But the hyper-enthusiasm and sincere nature of Silver Creek Outfitters guide Pete Wood draws attention too easily. Equally engaging is Dr. Robert Franklin, who at 85 had been on an incredible journey over the past 6 months, persuading a panel of neurosurgeons to perform a rare brain stimulation procedure to treat debilitating symptoms of his Parkinson's disease.

Just five weeks since the surgery, Doc's condition had greatly improved. High in the mountains of central Idaho, Cutthroat Trout were carelessly sipping dry flies and Doc's fluke spat of missing hook-sets on Silver Creek was a distant memory. The camera follows along as two friends enjoy the most life has to offer, one incredible fish at a time.

ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
Filmmaker and photographer Bryan Huskey of Silver Creek Outfitters likes to tell stories. Self-taught and eager to learn, he has been scrambling along the banks of Trout and Steelhead rivers of the West his entire life. Over the last decade his passion for photography, fly fishing, and filmmaking have evolved into his career. At 35 he jokes he has retired, as outdoor media is his passion and a far cry from "work".
(BryanHuskey.Zenfolio.com)

Best Guide Never (Comedy Interstitials) >> Hank Patterson

ABOUT THE FILM
Location: On the water, hopefully wherever you aren’t
Species: The verbose suds-swilling river guide and unfortunate client
Blurb: Unofficial, unrecognized, and self-titled “F3T Spokesperson” Hank Patterson serves as instructor, educator, river jester, and oblivious fish oracle in multiple short-length segments throughout the presentation of other more “official” films. Hank’s ignorance and his client’s unfortunate selection in a guide, proves fortuitous for all who witness this folly of a fish film.

ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
Hank Patterson considers himself the greatest fly fishing guide in the eastern and western and northern and southern hemispheres. He is a world-renowned, self-proclaimed fly fishing expert and guide. He is a high school graduate, makes a hell of a nice pot roast and owns three copies of "A River Runs Through It" on BluRay. Snap It!

(Facebook.com/HankPattersonYourFlyFishingGuide)

Turning Tail >> Gray Ghost Productions

ABOUT THE FILM
Location: Maine, mainly
Species: Atlantic salmon
Blurb: Throughout the East Coast of North America, from Long Island Sound to the northern most point of Labrador if you look closely, you will find the chrome beauty known as Salmo Salar. For a fly fisherman it may be the best fresh water game fish there is, to a biologist it represents a long history of research, and to the conversationalist, in many cases it is the one to save. Turning Tail is a compilation of all that is good in North America; people hard at work for an excellent cause - the fight to hold on to a North American treasure. This journey explores the outermost reaches from the wilds of Labrador, the Gaspe Bay Peninsula and New Brunswick, to the inner workings of hatcheries and fish traps; from the rich sporting heritage to the mystery while at sea, Turning Tail will take you on an exploration of a lifetime.

ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
Since 2007, Gray Ghost Productions has focused on a singular goal: Provide the ultimate in unique outdoor adventure films. Helmed by award-winning producer Carter Davidson, GGP seeks to document the art of the outdoorsman and the natural beauty in which they practice; perhaps most importantly though, is Davidson’s eye for the story behind the adventure.

GGP has shot on location across the globe, from remote mountain peaks and river valleys to their native soil in New England. In short, if there is a great story to tell, they film it; and they film it with passion – passion for conservation, the lifestyle, for understanding the significance of tradition and culture, and of course, a warm respect for those who went before them in their craft.
(GGPFilms.com)

The Brothers Brown >> 3rd Year Fly Fisher, Robert Thompson

ABOUT THE FILM
Location: Au Sable River, Michigan
Species: Brown Trout
Blurb: The Brothers Brown is the story of three streamer junky brothers who grew up fishing the lower Au Sable River on a stretch known as the "trophy waters." This section of river is notoriously tough. 26 to 30-inch Brown Trout are not uncommon - spending days, weeks or even years trying to catch one however, is a different story. Over the years, their experiences instilled them with the discipline and perseverance it takes to catch a trophy fish. It also served as a training ground, and natural progression, for the brothers’ current pursuit...the mighty Musky.

For the Brown brothers, the time spent together, in a drifter floating the river introduced to them by their parents left indelible impressions and memories. It takes a special place, on a special river to bring them all back together, even if for only a couple times a year, still in search of that fish of a lifetime. The Brothers Brown is about that time, the company and the search – regardless of outcome.

ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
Robert Thompson is a Chicago based Emmy award winning producer. He started creating fly fishing content four years ago and has since brought three dvd's to market; Night of the Hex, Musky Country & Heart of the Driftless. He is currently working on his fourth, and yet untitled dvd, the subject being the famous AuSable river in Thompson's home state of Michigan. (ThirdYearFlyFisher.com)

Blackwater >> Castaway Films

ABOUT THE FILM
Location: Bolivian Amazon
Species: Golden Dorado
Blurb: For producer Grant Wiswell, fly fishing has always been about exploration. A few years back he had the opportunity to travel to the Bolivian jungle to fish and film on the Pluma and Itirisma Rivers. While his trip was deemed a success and the resulting film, “Devil’s Gold”, garnered industry-wide awards and acclaim, Wiswell couldn’t shake the itch to return. The allure of the wild and beautifully reflecting Golden Dorado drew him back for a return trip. This time his guides from Untamed Angling had a new river in their sites, the Agua Negra or “Blackwater”. Once again Wiswell found himself in the midst of a legendary exploration. Blackwater is the visually stunning story of his return journey to the Bolivian Amazon in search of even more Devil’s Gold.

ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
Grant Wiswell is the director of photography, principal author and chief of operations at Castaway Films. He has been an avid fly fisherman since he was four and to this day continues his lifelong quest of filming and photographing the world’s greatest fish and fisheries. Castaway Films is a full service film and photography studio. They focus on destination angling and promote world class lodges and cutting edge fisheries.
(CastawayFilms.com)

T-Motion >> Todd Moen, Catch Magazine

ABOUT THE FILM
Location: Pacific Northwest
Species: Steelhead
Blurb:

ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
Todd Moen is the video editor, producer and co-founder of Catch Magazine, world renown as “The Official Journal of Fly Fishing Photography and Film”. His feature, T-Motion, highlights a new destination, fish and angler each issue. Todd’s seasoned professional experience includes more than ten years in the fly fishing film industry and traveling worldwide for ESPN, CBS and OLN. When Todd isn’t filming on location at remote waters around the globe, and when he isn’t logging the hours behind the computer at his office, he does manage to get out and find the fish in his home rivers of central Oregon.

(ToddMoenCreative.com)

Urban Lines >> TwoFisted Heart Productions / Freestone Entertainment

ABOUT THE FILM
Location: Potomac River, Washington D.C.
Species: Snakehead, Striped Bass, Shad
Blurb: TwoFisted Heart Productions partnered with Freestone Entertainment to create a film on the tidal Potomac River that counters common stigmas and stereotypes of fly fishing. Four fly fishermen in Washington, D.C. demonstrate that fly fishing is more than an individual pursuit of the catch, more than once-a-year out West or once-in-a-lifetime trips to exotic locations abroad. In an unlikely setting of concrete vistas, population density and traffic nightmares, the Potomac River proves that adventure and epic fishing are available to everyone on a daily basis. D.C. fly fishermen have embraced that concept through an online community that provides a 21st century, Web 2.0 take on passionately protecting our water resources for the future and connecting with the people around us. It’s about thinking globally and fishing locally.

ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
The average size of a human heart is about the same size as a fist. At TwoFisted Heart Productions, we believe character and actions speak to a heart size greater than the physical. Our passionate team centers on Nick and Kami Swingle, with expertise and experience in professional design, photography and live video production. We currently partner with other key professionals to evolve our skillsets to create films that matter, inspire, and impact our spheres of influence for the better. When we’re not working, you’ll find us on the trail or on the water with fly rod and camera in hand.

(TwoFistedHeartProductions.com)

Enough is Enough >> CalTrout

ABOUT THE FILM
Location: McCloud River, California
Species: Trout
Blurb: Enough Is Enough is the story of northern California's McCloud River, its fish and its unique impact worldwide on fly fishing. The compelling story, told by three longtime locals who know the river like no others, helps remind us that as anglers, it's our job to respect our history in order to protect our future.

ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
California Trout’s mission is to protect and restore wild trout, salmon, and steelhead waters throughout California. Based in San Francisco, we work at the grassroots level to identify conservation goals and priorities and engage local communities and other stakeholders in a collaborative effort to develop and implement long-term solutions. California Trout has been recognized as one of the strongest and most effective state-level conservation organizations in America.
(CalTrout.org)

Expedicion Alacranes >> Beattie Outdoor Productions

ABOUT THE FILM
Location: Alacranes Reef, Gulf of Mexico
Species: Tarpon, Bonefish, Billfish, Triggerfish aka “Mayan Tarpon”
Blurb: In November 2012, a group of anglers are headed on a once-in-a-lifetime voyage to one of the most remote reef systems in the world. Five atolls, known as Alacranes Reef, are located 100 km. due north of Progreso. The reef complex is 27 km (17 miles) long and 20 km (13 miles) wide with an area of some 245 square km (153 square miles). Alacrán is an emergent platform type reef that forms part of a group known as the Campeche Bank Reefs, because they are located along the outer shelf of the Campeche Bank. It is the largest reef in the entire southern Gulf of Mexico, as well as the most northerly in location. It has five vegetated islands associated with it, Isla Desterrada, Desertora, Pérez, Chica and Pájaros. There are no ferries or regularly scheduled transportation to this reef. It has been said that the trip is not for the weak of heart. There are no installations for receiving people, so visitors MUST take your own water, food, tents, etc. And once there, have to be careful to avoid injury all costs, as there are no doctors, hospitals, etc. and it takes many hours to reach the mainland.

ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
RA Beattie started Beattie Outdoor Productions (BOP) after graduating from the University of Puget Sound in 2005. A fly fishing guide in the mountains of Colorado throughout high school and college, Beattie has combined his passion for fly fishing and photography to create numerous short films about the fly fishing lifestyle. Over the years, BOP has been fortunate enough to shoot photography on every continent including Antarctica.
(BeattieOutdoorProductions.com)

Riding High: Science of Tarpon >> Waterline Media

ABOUT THE FILM
Location: Florida Coast
Species: Tarpon
Blurb: Any migration is a story in itself. Everyday is a paragraph, every location a chapter, and in the end, the journey was the destination. On paper, this is a story about fishermen following the Tarpon migration through Florida. Riding High: The Science of Tarpon is a brief sampling showing what is in store for the science section of the full-length film. This segment puts emphasis on the ongoing Tarpon satellite tagging programs. The Tarpon satellite tagging program is a very important conservation tool that is just beginning to show its true potential for preservation of migration and spawning habitats for Tarpon not only in our local waters but worldwide.

ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
Waterline Media is an independent, boutique production house focusing on the creation of outdoor motion pictures, commercials and television programming of the finest quality. Started by director/cinematographer Graham Morton in 2004 after years of experience in the film, video, and photography industry and was joined by Marc Page in 2008. Waterline Media prides itself on beautiful, vibrant hi-def cinematography and progressive new techniques to capture Nature while inspiring viewers.
(WaterlineMedia.tv)

The Calico Syndicate >> Tightloop Media / Fin Film Company

ABOUT THE FILM
Location: Catalina Island, Santa Barbara Island, Southern California
Species: Calico Bass
Blurb: A group of five friends of diverse backgrounds are brought together by a common love of saltwater fly fishing to chase the jewel of California Sea Bass, the Calico. Fly anglers are at a disadvantage to regular “gear” fishermen because of the difference in the type of lures they use. However, the group lends their unique resourcefulness to the problem by pioneering new equipment and flies to overcome their limitations. This chronicle of the anglers’ journey is set in the picturesque backdrop of the Southern California Coast and Channel Islands as they strive toward the goal of catching and releasing the biggest Calico Bass ever caught in the U.S., on a fly rod.

ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
We are a group of six friends who have a passion for saltwater fly fishing and chase Calico Bass off the coast of Southern California. We aim to take salt water fly fishing and sport fishing to another level. We are passionate about fishing and will apply virtually any technical knowledge to catch more fish, in particular the Calico Bass. We are fly anglers who want more than just what you learn at the fly shop.
(Facebook.com/TheCalicoSyndicate)

BrownBro >> Strobot Studios

ABOUT THE FILM
Location: Caucasus Mountain, Tusheti, Georgia
Species: Georgian River Trout
Blurb: The region of Tusheti Georgia has had minimal fly fishing exploration and in the fall of 2012 a crew of four Americans traveled to Georgia’s rugged Caucasus Mountains to see what promises it might hold for fly fishing. While the Georgian people have been fishing these rivers for centuries, mostly with nets and bait, it was largely off the map for fly fishers. With local skepticism about their technique of targeting the elusive Georgian River Trout and lacking any solid information about where to go and what to use, the team discovered an incomparable Georgian hospitality, a chance to solve a timeless fly fishing riddle, and an opportunity to cast in a place that rarely sees outsiders—especially those carrying a fly rod.

ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
STROBOT STUDIOS is a visual media entity focusing on the highest quality imagery for marketing and editorial clients alike. Spearheaded by Dan Armstrong and Reid Morth, Strobot Studios has endless experience in photography and design through years of hands-on imagery development.

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