Fly Fishing Film Tour hopes to catch a Park City audience
The 2019 Fly Fishing Film Tour will cast its line on Thursday, March 7, at Jupiter Bowl.
The event, presented by the Utah Stream Access Coalition, will screen eight short films that spotlight the people, places and fisheries that promote and support the love of fly fishing, said Jarrod Kear, who is on the board of directors of the Utah Stream Access Coalition (USAC), a 7,000-member nonprofit that helps secure access to Utah’s public streams and waterbeds.
This year’s films are set in global fishing hot spots from Alaska to Florida, South Dakota to French Polynesia and British Columbia to the coast of Australia, Kear said.
“As the new films come out each year, we partner with the tour to bring these movies, which are a lot of fun, to Utah,” he said. “Many people like to see what’s going on as far as fishing films go. These are all films made by excellent filmmakers.”
The tour also draws audiences who want to support USAC.
“The fly fishing community has embraced the message of the Fly Fishing Film Tour, which is to promote our message of open stream access across the country,” Kear said. “In particular, the fly fishing community has embraced the (work) to achieve opening more public access to our rivers and streams.”
Sean Leonard, president of Utah Stream Access Coalition, said the organization started in 2010, and works to establish legislation that would protect property owners’ rights, but also give access to those who enjoy recreational hobbies that involve water.
“Those hobbies include everything from fly fishing, boating, bird watching and whitewater activities (such as rafting),” Leonard said.
One recent USAC victory was a Weber River case, in which the nonprofit challenged the legality of making streambeds on certain rivers in Utah private property, thus restricting navigation on the river, according to Kear.
USAC was instrumental in the Utah Supreme Court’s ruling that reopened up 40 miles of the Upper Weber River that passed through private property.
“That pretty much includes the confluent of the main stem of the Weber up in Holiday Park and includes areas running down through Weber Canyon to Echo Reservoir including Oakley, Peoa, Browns Canyon and down past Rockport into Wanship and Coalville,” Kear said. “Much of this area was under private property and required permission from landowners to get access.”
The Fly Fishing Film Tour will not only screen the films, Leonard said. It will also involve discussions about stream access and include opportunity drawings.
“We’ve had some great donations that include Traeger Grills, fly fishing trips lead by Trout Hunter Guide Services, and various fishing gear,” he said. “The support from local retailers has been awesome.”
Kear got into fly fishing after spending many of his summers whitewater rafting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
“Rather than rowing the boat through rapids, I saw some pretty things that I felt I was missing, and I thought a fishing rod would help extend rowing through the canyons,” he said. “I embraced fly fishing more in the past 12 years, and I’ve been with USAC since 2010, working on both fronts — whitewater and fly fishing.”
Leonard, who great up in Michigan, found his way to the tackle box after moving to Utah for college in 2003.
“Fly fishing was something that I had always thought about, but didn’t get into it, until I came here,” he said. “I’m attracted to the art of fly fishing, because you learn something new every time you’re out there enjoying the scenery and tranquility.”
2019 Fly Fishing Film Tour films
“Movements” by Colin Scott | Wilder Studios Production
Three Alaska fishing guides finish their 100-plus day guiding season and road trip back to their home waters on the East Coast In Van-a-White — their minivan, which is a true fish-bum rig if there ever was one. Along the way they find Alaskan trout, BC steelhead, Wisconsin musky and New York stripers.
“Glorious Bastards” by Capt. Jack Productions
Jako Lucas, Christiaan Pretorious and a crew of expedition anglers explore the outer reaches of the Australian coast and find some of the best salt-water fishing in the South Pacific. Species: blue bastards, Indo-Pacific permit, shark, trevally and more.
“NexGen” by Beattie Productions | Off the Grid Studios
R.A. Beattie follows two members of fly fishing’s next generation to the trout factory that is the South Fork of the Snake River in Idaho and captures this famed fishery in all its glory. As the crew revel in dry fly madness and manic streamer chases, it’s evident that the kids are all right … and they’re fishy as hell.
“Hank Patterson — Around the World Globe” by Trout Jouster Studios
Hank Patterson has had some great pieces in the Fly Fishing Film Tour so we decided to reward his hard work and dedication with the chance to film in an exotic and rarely seen destination … South Dakota. In this exploratory epic, Hank delves deep into the Black Hills, mining for reclusive trout and even more reclusive locals.
“Alignment” by Eric Jackson | Vantage Cinema
Eric Jackson made a name for himself as a professional snowboarder, but when he is not strapped into a board his obsession turns to fly fishing, specifically steelhead on the fly. In this exclusive cut for the Fly Fishing Film Tour, Jackson and his cohorts trade pillow lines and big mountain spines for running lines and intruder flies … and swing up some monster fish in the process.
“The Return” by KGB Productions
This beautifully shot piece will take you on a spellbinding venture into Yellowstone’s famed Thorofare alongside some of the folks who have worked to save the native fish that make their home in this remote area of the park. What they find is a storied fishery on the rebound … and some truly massive cutthroat.
“Where it All Started” by Liam Gallagher
Karlie Roland grew up fishing the Henry’s Fork. It’s where she became addicted to fly fishing and it’s now where she gets to share her obsession with others. After pursuing guide gigs across the West, Roland has made her way back to the Fork and the water where it all started.
“Koi Koi” by Indifly | Costa Films
In the northwest corner of the Tuamotu Archipelago of French Polynesia lies the tiny Anaa Atoll. The people who make their home on this long dormant rim of an underwater volcano are working to build an economy around the atoll’s world-class flats fishing. The result is a fish population that is now seen by the locals as something that should be protected and promoted to destination anglers rather than netted, exploited and shipped off to foreign market.
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