Fly Fishing Film Tour to stop by downtown GJ

Mike Dawkins shows off one of the taimen caught in Mongolia while RA Beattie of Aspen was filming for the 2015 Fly Fishing Film Tour. The underlying focus of the many-layered film is the conservation work being done in Mongolia to protect the largest salmonid species in the world.



The Fly Fishing Film Tour is headed back to Grand Junction.

This one-of-a-kind marketing and outreach effort for the fly-fishing industry, which features many of the world’s best angling filmmakers taking viewers on trips around the world, will be at the Mesa Theater on March 24. Discount tickets are available at Western Anglers, 534 Main St.

This year, viewers will see 12 destinations, from Mongolia to Cuba to Montana, with some of the world’s top anglers trying for everything from dolphin to taimen to carp.

Last year’s tour (better known as the F3T) had more than 150 shows and reached more than 50,000 fly-fishing enthusiasts in 45 states and other countries, said F3T co-owner Doug Powell.

“It’s a testament to the passion of our devoted fans and ability to attract those new to the sport,” Powell said.

This year’s tour began in mid-January in Denver and swings across the country, making several appearances elsewhere in Colorado before making its March stop in Grand Junction.

In addition to showcasing world-class fly-fishing films, the F3T is dedicated to supporting local fly shops and the conservation groups that form the backbone of fly fishing’s educational and environmental efforts.

One of those conservation groups is Trout Unlimited.

Joel Johnson, Trout Unlimited’s chief marketing officer, said the investment in the film tour helps the nonprofit conservation group extend its collaborative stewardship message to filmgoers.

“We’re very happy to be a part of F3T again this year,” Johnson said. “The tour is a part of fly-fishing culture now, and it gives us a true opportunity to connect with people who are passionate about fish and share in our desire to protect trout and salmon. Plus, its just plain fun.”

In addition to sponsoring F3T this year, TU is sponsoring another film, “CO2LD Waters.”

The film, produced by Conservation Hawks and featuring Yvon Chouinard, Todd Tanner and Craig Mathews, discusses the importance of addressing climate change and the impacts a warming world is having on trout.

For more information, movie trailers and show schedules, go to http://www.flyfilmtour.com.


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