When YakAngler announced the 2014 F3T, I provided a preview of a few shorts that from the tour, and will preview several more that were shown in Charleston. I hope these will persuade you to locate tickets for one of the remaining eighteen shows across the United States and Canada. For our anglers outside North American, there will be a showing sponsored by Fishing Breaks in Stockbridge, United Kingdom on April 24, and at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan for our troops on March 1.
My three favorite are they are not in no special order:
320. This short video is about a fishing guide who guided for 320 days last year. One might think that this is impossible. Jako Lucas is based out of Seychelles, where he guides clients fishing for saltwater species on the flats. He also guides clients on the Osen River in southwestern Norway for Atlantic salmon. After Norway, Jako globe-trots to guide clients for taimen in the rivers of Mongolia. This film provides a lot of great fly fishing catches against some spectacular backdrops from the three different areas that are now considered Jako Lucas’ office.
Tributaries is a story that explores the commonality among different cultures, people, and water. A tributary is a stream that flows to a larger stream or other body of water. In this film the tributaries are three diverse guides: Prescott Smith, a Bahamian flats-drifter; Siggi Haugur, a Viking-blooded Icelander; and Tuqui Visvarro, a Patagonian trout bum. As you watch this video, you will see some great bonefish catches, salmon jumps, and trout taking a surface fly. The three diverse anglers give their thoughts on fly fishing communities. Are their concepts similar? I would have to say “Yes,” as these three small streams flow into the world’s huge water basin and blend together in the hopes that anglers worldwide will promote catch and release to maintain a fishable resource for the future.
Alaska: Frontera Norte. This is probability my favorite of the eight short films. The crew of F3T wanted to take fellow crewmember Alejandro Vega Cruz aka “Sandflea”, a Mexican from Isla Holbox, out of his element. The film reminded me of YakAngler’s “Will it Fish”. On this expedition, the plan was to catch grayling, trout, and pike in the heart of the Alaskan bush on a largely untouched river. This team of fly anglers attempted to catch these species with a mouse fly. Cold, rain, lack of food - nothing discourages “Sandflea” from the attempt to catch fish on the “mice fly”. “Will it Fish” comes into play at the end, when the anglers were given some time to create a fly from things available around the campsite. One fly included a rifle casing. Another tied a piece of cheese puff to a hook. Someone trimmed their moustache and used those hairs for the fly. “Sandflea” tied a fly using a motion sickness pill. Each fished for ten or fifteen minutes, while the others watched and counted the number of fish each competitor would land. If you what to know the results, you will need to go to the Fly Fishing Film Tour to find out.
As I stated earlier, this year’s tour was fantastic. I know that 2015 F3T will not slip past me, because I have already put in my order for tickets. I highly recommend that if the tour comes to your area, purchase a ticket. I promise you will be hooked.