Just last week, a Saturday night dinner at the Ram Restaurant in Sun Valley Village seemed like a great idea. One member of our party was anxious to try the nightly $25 special of Hungarian Goulash, and an evening spent at the beautiful eatery, accompanied by live piano music, and noshing on delicious food sounded perfect. Our decision proved even more prescient when the server announced that the Ram was running a spring special: fondue for two (free!) with the purchase of any two entrees. It was a bubbling, gold prize at the end of the proverbial rainbow!
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For some of us fishing fanatics, the annual Fly Fishing Film Tour, or “F3T,” is practically a holiday. During the depths of winter, the tour makes a stop each year in Sun Valley and the fishing community comes out as excited as kids on Christmas Eve.
But the thing about the film fest, which features short snippets of amazing angling footage from around the globe, is that you don’t even have to fish to enjoy the show. Most fish do live in gorgeous places, after all, places even non-anglers would love to visit.
That’s what has helped make F3T, now celebrating its 10th year, so popular. The short films naturally showcase great fishing action from far corners of the earth and even from forgotten reaches in the backyards of America, but they’re also about the people and their connections with the land and the water.
There is always a good bit a humor in the two-hour long festival, which includes lots of free giveaways during intermission. There’s also usually a short film or two that pulls at your hearts strings, like the one Idaho-based filmmaker Bryan Huskey shot at Silver Creek called “Doc of the Drakes” that was the star of F3T a few years ago.
Of course, the films are full of stunning shots of nature at her finest, following anglers chase after everything from tarpon in the Florida Keys t peormit off the coast of South Africa to fat browns during Silver Creek’s legendary brown drake hatch. One of the big reasons most people fish is because fish live in such gorgeous places that just going to the water is usually reward in itself.
After watching F3T it’s impossible not to add to your “Bucket List” for places you’d like to visit or fish during your lifetime, and it helps remind you that fish are only a small reason why so many of us love to go angling.
This year’s Sun Valley Show is at the Opera House on February 16. Doors open at 6pm for the usually beer and social hour and the film starts at 7pm. Tickets are available at the door or in advance at both Silver Creek Outfitters and Lost River Outfitters in Ketchum.
(For those interested in the health of the Big Wood River, there will also be a free public talk about the findings of the recent study done by Trout Unlimited and the Wood River Land Trust the day after the film, February 17, from 2 to 5 pm at the Community Campus in Hailey.)
This year’s F3T highlights include:
“Finding Fontinalis” which features Yvon Chouinard searching Patagonia for the world’s largest brook trout.
“Tidewater” which features folks catching marlin, and other billfish usually associated with tropical locations, off the coast of Virginia.
“Water is Life” which covers angling and the importance of healthy water from Argentina to Africa and claims to have some of the “most remarkable fishing ever caught on film.”
“Chrome” which is about a group of friends trying to help protect their beloved steelhead.
“The Scandinavian Way” which features a trash talking angling battle between some of Europe and Montana’s best fishermen.
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