Fly Fishing Film Tour returns to Aspen |

Fly Fishing Film Tour returns to Aspen

Kirk Webb
Special to The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – In just a few days, the Fly Fishing Film Tour will hit Aspen with as much force as a freshly hooked tarpon peeling off towards the horizon. This is only the second year that the film tour has made a pit stop in the Aspen area. If you made the inaugural event last year, you’ll be no stranger to all of the hooting and hollering that takes place as handfuls of freshwater and saltwater fly fishing films make local fly fishing bums droll with anticipation of the upcoming fishing season.

To give you some perspective of this wildly popular event, more people attended this show last year than showed up to see the latest Warren Miller ski film in the same location, in a ski town. Not since Widespread Panic was in town has there been such a devoted following of generation-y’ers, gen-x’ers and baby boomers coming together to celebrate for a singular cause.

Don’t be surprised if you see punk teenagers dressed in skinny jeans and flat brimmed hats mingling with 65-year-old CEOs to talk about the best trout fishing locales, secret fly patterns, and the newest, unspoiled saltwater destinations. Fly fishing apparently knows no age, sex or financial boundaries, as one could easily see in the multitude of long lines outside of the various venues over the past few weeks during the launch of the 2012 tour.

Local filmmaker R.A. Beattie and his new film, “The Arctic,” will be one of several movies unveiled during this year’s show. “The Arctic” goes north, way north, to fish and explore some of the last unspoiled waters in North America on a quest for giant arctic char, pike and grayling. Beattie started Beattie Outdoor Productions in 2005 and has since combined his passion for fly fishing and photography to create numerous films about the fly fishing lifestyle. Beattie has been fortunate enough to shoot photography on every continent including Antarctica with his numerous films being considered cult favorites amongst the fly fishing community.

Other films worth mentioning include “Reverb: A Punk Rock Love Story,” which is about a punk band whose common thread is you guessed it, fly fishing. “The Doc of the Drakes,” is perhaps the most inspiring film about an ex-surgeon diagnosed with Parkinson’s who finds answers to the meaning of life on Silver Creek fishing for trout in Idaho. “Riding High” is perhaps my favorite film in the tour this year, as I practically wet myself watching the impressive visuals of massive tarpon migrations and in-your-face battles.

The Fly Fishing Film Tour screens Feb. 28 at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the film showcase beginning at 7 p.m. I for one, will definitely be there.