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On the Fly: An all-star cast

Scott Spooner
On the Fly

The red carpet, paparazzi and movie stars may be missing conspicuously in Aspen on March 19, but fish heads from all over the valley will show up in full force at The Wheeler Opera House for this year’s installment of the Fly Fishing Film Tour. If you have never experienced this quirky and adrenaline-fueled film festival, make sure to get your tickets in advance so you don’t miss out.

It takes talent and a keen eye to film a fishing movie that stands out from the crowd, and this year the submissions are better than ever. “North of Wild” stars fly-fishing legend John Geirach as he explores Labrador in search of landlocked salmon and truly enormous brook trout, surrounded by jaw-dropping landscapes and old friends.

“A Kinetic Loop” takes us back in time to the pioneers of our sport, figuring it out as they went along on the Keys flats in the ’60s and ’70s, oftentimes building their own gear because it just didn’t exist then. These early fly-fishers were badasses, plain and simple.

If you remember the Scorpion Reef crew from their 2012 film exploring a remote atoll in the Gulf of Mexico, this year they take their favorite bonefish guide, Alejandro Vega Cruz (“Sandflea”) to the remote bush country of Alaska and blow his mind in their newest film, “Alaska-La Frontera Nor.” Huge rainbows, all on top-water mouse patterns. It doesn’t get any better than that.

This is just a sampling of the films that will be showcased at this once-a-year event, but you can see all the previews in advance at http://www.flyfilmtour.com. This is a terrific event to see all the places fly fishers go and why, meet industry professionals and catch up with old and new fishing friends. Discounted advance tickets are available at Taylor Creek Fly Shop (970-927-4374) and also at the door the day of the show, but don’t dally: Tickets are selling like hot cakes!

“On the Fly” is provided weekly by the staff at Taylor Creek Fly Shop in Basalt.

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