Category Archives: Video

Stages of Accepting the F3T Promotional Package

Overtures are made on behalf of the Fly Fishing Film Tour about receiving a promotional care package.

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Your first thought is that your fears of a continued slide into blog irrelevancy are momentarily abated. Or they had a long list.

Your second thought is, you are an outlaw blogger, do they know what they’re getting into? Then you look down and you’re wearing khakis; self-assesment may be in order.

Your third thought is, you’ve already read the post to end all posts about the F3T care package by the Reverend Roughfisher, and what else are you going to say?

Thought number four: There’s beer inside the box. Ensconced in bubble wrap.

Five: Free hat!

Six: There’s no showing in New York City. Lots of people fly fish in New York City. Makes you wonder if there was some behind the scenes discussion reminiscent of Spinal Tap. UPDATE: I’ve just been informed that the F3T Tour is, in fact, coming to New York City on March 20th, hosted by the Urban Angler at the Helen Mills Theater. Details on the F3T Calendar. I’m going to leave the above Tap link in anyhow because I like it. See you there.

Seven: There’s some good stuff on this roster. Submissions from people whose work you’ve admired such as RA Beattie, Travis Lowe, Robert Thompson, Todd Moen, and others.

Eight: The Science of Tarpon looks to be bad-ass, because tarpon are.

Nine: The one that strikes closest to home is Urban Lines, for many reasons:

Ten: The film tour has matured since its early days.

Eleven: I got two tickets. Who wants them?*

*(In the unlikely event of more than one response, no apparent rhyme or reason will be accounted for in the selection process.)

Can Fly Fishing Save A Community?

The sunglass maker Costa Del Mar has a new film out about fly fishing for arapaima in Guyana.

I’ve only watched the trailer but am awaiting the DVD, and it seems well worth the screening. Sure all the protagonists are wearing Costa hats and sunglasses but so be it. I love fly fishing videos that go beyond just being awesome, and actually have some weight (see Rivers of A Lost Coast, Red Gold). This one seems to. It’s based on the premise that developing a catch-and-release fly fishery for these giant freshwater fish can create an eco-tourism economy and thereby save a community and ecosystem from habitat destruction.

That’s a tall order, but I’m buying into it.

I give Costa props for the message. Lots of companies make pledges to protect the environment, especially ones who depend on it to sell product, but few put real money behind that. (Patagonia and Rise Fly Rods are two that come to mind.) I look forward to seeing the full film.