Fly Fishing Film Tour aids conservation efforts

Staff reportFebruary 9, 2014 

An angler known as Sandflea holds a sockeye salmon while fishing a backcountry river in a scene from “Alaska: La Frontera Norte,” one of the films to be shown during the Fly Fishing Film Tour’s Feb. 26 stop in Gig Harbor.

RA BEATTIE/THE FLY FISHING FILM TOUR

The Fly Fishing Film Tour, hosted by the Gig Harbor Fly Shop, will make its South Sound stop Feb. 26. The films will be shown at the Galaxy Theater in Gig Harbor, and the evening will feature beers from 7 Seas Brewery.

This will be the fifth time the shop has hosted the film tour, which began in 2007.

This year’s tour will stop at more than 160 cities across North America, attracting more than 50,000 people.

The tour has become a welcome midwinter break for many anglers, but also serves to support area conservation efforts.

In addition to the films, shop staffers will hold a raffle with the proceeds from the ticket sales going to a regional conservation group focused on Northwest fisheries, said shop staffer James Harrington. The Wild Steelhead Coalition will be the recipient this year. In the past, the Native Fish Society received the proceeds.

In 2013, the films helped raise $250,000 for conservation groups such as Trout Unlimited, Wild Bonefish Tarpon Trust, Utah Stream Access Coalition and Stop Pebble Mine.

“We’ve got a great mix of stories and species this year,” tour manager Ryan Thompson said in a news release. “There is a great blend of trout, saltwater pursuits, some anadromous fish and even carp and muskie to round things out. Some films, such as ‘Blood Knot’ from TwoFisted Heart Productions, are more story-driven, while others, such as “320” from young filmmaker Jako Lucas, are action-packed and will leave you salivating for a new 10-weight and a ticket to the Seychelles.”

Also certain to be popular with area anglers this year is a piece on the Alaskan king salmon fishery, Harrington said.

“In recent years, the fishery has faced challenges, but the film provides reasons for hope and has a conservation focus, something we could use more of across the Northwest when considering salmon runs,” he said.

The tour also will come Feb. 13 to North Bend Theatre, 125 Bendigo Blvd. N., North Bend.

If you go

When: The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26. The show starts at 7 p.m.

Tickets: You can buy tickets online for $15 or at the shop for $12.

WHERE: Gig Harbor Fly Shop, 3115 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor.

Information: Call the shop at 253-851-3474. The tour schedule and trailers are available at thef3t.com.

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