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The Charleston F3T Tour Review

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The Charleston F3T The Charleston F3T Darrell Olson

Back in January 2013 I posted on the Staff Blog about the upcoming Fly Fishing Film Tour; so here is my report about the tour here in Charleston, South Carolina.

The film tour starts off with Hank Patterson, self proclaimed fly fishing expert and guide making the disclaimer that if you are expecting to see a lot of fish catching that you will be disappointed. Unfortunately his disclaimer had been a little off.

In my opinion this year’s tour had a lot more interesting flying fishing events. All of the stories this year carried a message of conservation and preservation of various fish species. Here are a few of my favorites.

Thai One On (by Cinema Digital): This is about the preservation of the Mahseer that had been first prized by British anglers during the days of the Raj. The Mahseer looks like a carp but is known as the aquatic tiger of the Asian area. It is revered for its phenomenal fight. Resides some fishing action the main story is about three American anglers and a local guide working with the hill tribe villagers to protect the entire length of the River of Reflection. This protection will provide critical habitat for the Golden Mahseer. Eventually this will open the area up as a world-class destination fishery. This group helps bring desperately needed money to the Karen villagers for needed schools and such. This in turn is protecting an endangered species.

Urban Lines (by TwoFisted Heart Productions and Freestone Entertainment):  This story is about fishing the tidal Potomac River in Washington DC. Four local fly fisherman take you fishing in some unlikely areas that include concrete vistas, population density and traffic nightmares, the Potomac River in the urban area of DC provides to be an adventure and that epic fishing is available on a daily basis for striped bass, shad, and snakehead. These anglers through an online community display their passion to protect the water resources for the future and bring people around them aware. It’s all about thinking globally and fishing locally.

Brothers Brown (by Robert Thompson): This is a story about three brothers that have the believe in the concept that fish camp is all about making and maintaining that connection between brothers or your fishing buddies and not necessarily  the catching. They spend their time fishing the Au Sable River on a stretch known as the “trophy waters.” This is a tough section of the river but 26 to 30-inch brown trout are not uncommon. Unfortunately they spend days, weeks or even years in the attempt to catch one huge brown trout. Their experiences have instilled discipline and perseverance it takes to catch a trophy fish. The Brothers Brown is all about that time, the company and the search not manner what the outcome.

Other great stories that you will see during the F3T will be “No Where to Run” about the Dams and the Atlantic salmon on the Penobscot River in Maine and about the Bonfish & Tarpon Trust how tarpon fly fisherman are tagging tarpon for this valuable research program going on to better understand the life of a tarpon.

One that hit some feelings here in Charleston had to deal with possible deepening of the water around Key West to allow those super cruise lines to be able to dock. Some anglers in the Key West feel that this will impact the habitats that hold the various game fish in the area, especially the tarpon. Here in Charleston there is a mixed feeling about the cruise ships that are currently operating here.

There are other stories about fly fishing that I did not cover but in the end of the tour in Charleston I really think that Hank Patterson was correct that this year’s F3T is more than catching but more about relationships, conservation, preservation, and rebuilding sustainable fisheries for the future.

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Darrell Olson

Darrell Olson an avid Fisherman enjoys bait fishing, using a spinning rod, bait caster, fly fishing, and fishing challenges that come his way. While living in England he was recognized as the 1981 Master Angler from the Rod & Gun Clubs of Europe. He has been kayak angling for a little more than five years. He is one of the founders of the South Carolina Kayak Fishing Association’s monthly Meet and Fish events. He is currently the Secretary/Treasurer of the Lowcountry Kayak Anglers. For the past three years he has been participating in the Inshore Fishing Association (IFA) Kayak Tour for the Atlantic Division. Darrell is a member of the Jackson Regional Kayak Fishing Team, an Ambassador for Power-Pole and Raymarine. Darrell is also a member of the YakAngler Pro Staff and the YakAngler Will It Fish video series.


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