Fly Fishing Film Tour Returns to Gig Harbor for Fifth Annual Event
The Fly Fishing Film Tour, or F3T, billed as the “original and preeminent exhibition of fly fishing cinema,” arrives at Gig Harbor’s Galaxy Theater on Wed. Feb. 26th. This will mark the fifth time the event has been hosted by the Gig Harbor Fly Shop.
The 2014 Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) kicked off its annual continent-wide road show January 25th and aims to be its largest to date with premieres anticipated in more than 160 cities across the continent and attendance projected to exceed 50,000 people.
The F3T has become a highlight event for many fly fishers and outdoor enthusiasts and often provides some moral support during the long gray days of a Pacific Northwest winter as footage featuring angling in tropical locales is often on display.
“We’ve got a great mix of stories and species this year,” said F3T tour manager Ryan Thompson. “There is a great blend of trout, saltwater pursuits, some anadromous fish and even carp and musky to round things out. Some films, like Blood Knot from TwoFisted Heart Productions, are more story driven, while others, like 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.”
The quality of the films is also testament to an increase in the popularity of the medium and the improved accessibility aspiring filmmakers have to world-class equipment. “Fly fishing cinema is still a young medium and these filmmakers improve their technical skills and storytelling chops every year,” said F3T co-owner, Doug Powell. “2014 is no exception. We’ve got fresh pieces from some new names and incredible work from established pros. I get the chills every time I see it in HD up on the big screen.”
Also certain to be popular with area anglers this year, is a piece on the Alaskan king salmon fishery. 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.
Speaking of conservation, the Gig Harbor Fly Shop hosts a raffle during the film event with the proceeds from the ticket sales going to a regional conservation group focused on Northwest fisheries. Past recipients have included the Native Fish Society and the Wild Steelhead Coalition with the Wild Steelhead Coalition the recipient again this year.
The 2014 F3T schedule, tickets and official selection trailers are available at the film tour’s website, TheF3T.com for $15. For the Gig Harbor showing, doors open at 6:30 and the show starts at 7:00 PM on Feb. 26th. Discount tickets are on sale at the Gig Harbor Fly Shop for $12.
The Fly Fishing Film Tour is produced by Webeye Group, LLC. It is sponsored by Costa, Patagonia, Sage, Yeti Coolers, Scientific Anglers, Trout Unlimited, Mountain magazine, The Drake magazine, Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures and Yantarni Salmon Camp.
Contact: James Harrington-Gig Harbor Fly Shop