Friday, February 8, 2013

5 Things You Won't Find at #F3T

-- #F3T Coming to a Theater Near You --

I'm getting pumped to check out the 2013 Fly Fishing Film Tour next week on 13 February at the Somerville Theater in Davis Square in Cambridge, MA. I've attended a couple F3T's in the past, but never at a legit theater, so this should be a real treat.

Discount tickets for the event are available at the Bear's Den Fly Fishing Company. The Bear's Den will also host two showings on 16 February at Noon and 7:30 PM during their annual Fly Fishing Expo in Taunton, MA.

Having reviewed some trailers of the films and knowing the filmmakers from their past work, this is a show you will want to see.

From the 2013 F3T Press Release:
“We’ve worked really hard on creating an electrifying experience for our fans,” says F3T co-­owner Doug Powell. “The atmosphere we create at our premiers with HD projectors, booming soundtracks, tons of giveaways, interactive booths and cheering fans is not easily replicated and unique to the industry.” 

Adventure is a focal point of the films featured in this year’s tour. “We approached this year with the attitude that ‘adventure is what you make it’. Sometimes the greatest adventures can be found in your own backyard or an urban corridor”, says F3T co-­owner Chris Keig. “So that’s why in addition to our usual assortment of fascinating destinations like Thailand, Bolivia, and Georgia (the country), we’ve also got great segments from Washington D.C., the Midwest, the Pacific Northwest and the Rocky Mountains.” 

Another central theme of this year’s F3T is diversity. “The number of different species we’ve got this year is too long to list”, Keig continues. “From Steelhead to Snakehead, Bonefish to Bass, Trout to Triggerfish, it’s an awesome assortment of fish.”

I can also guarantee there are many things you will not experience by attending the film tour. 

Here are my top five things you will not see at the 2013 Fly Fishing Film Tour.

1) Lame Films
You will not find any lame films at the 2013 F3T. With the line-up of films like "Magnetic North" from Fly Out Media, "Thai One On" from Cinema Digital/Travis Lowe, "Reel: A Day on the River" from OMS Photography, "Hit 'Em Again, Doc" from Brian Huskey, "Best Guide Never" from Hank Patterson, "Turning Tail" from Gray Ghost Productions, "The Calico Syndicate"from Tight Line Media & Fin Film Company, "The Brothers Brown" from 3rd Year Fly Fisher & Robert Thompson, "Blackwater Devil's Gold" from Castaway Films, "Fall Run" from Todd Moen & Catch Magazine, "Urban Lines" from TwoFisted Heart Productions/Freestone Entertainment, "Enough is Enough" from CalTrout, "Expedicion Alacranes" from Beattie Outdoor Productions, "Riding High: Science of Tarpon" from Waterline Media and "BrownBro" from Strobot Studios you won't be disappointed.

There will be no RC Helicopter Fishing Videos.

2) Tame Liquid Refreshments
Having enjoyed Dale's Pale Ale that came with the F3T Media kit and knowing the local brew scene in Boston, I'm looking forward to sharing a beer with like-minded folks at the show.

I don't think you'll find your favorite tea there.

3) Crappy Swag & Giveaways
There are some great giveaways happening at the film tour. I've seen Redington Rods going to some lucky attendees and I'm sure the local sponsors will be offering up great swag and deals as well.

Here's some of the great stuff given away at last year's film tour.

I don't think you'll find the used and worn out stuff that Wild River Angler is offering through their Instagram feed.

4) Bad Sponsor Commercials
With great partners & sponsors like Patagonia, Sage, Scientific Anglers, The Drake, Yellow Dog, Ross, El Pescador, Montana Fly Company, Mountain MagazineCosta, Yeti Coolers, Kelty Gear, Slumberjack, St. Croix Fly Rods, Sweetwood Cattle Co., Dave Scadden Pontoons, Gunnison Crested Butte, William Joseph, Honey Stinger, Oscar Blues Brewery, Howler Brothers and Trout Unlimited you will see the industry's finest supporting the filmakers.

You won't be seeing any lame Superbowl commercials like this one at the show.

5) Florida Triple Threat Cheerleading Competition  
If you search Instagram under the Fly Fishing Film Tour hashtag #F3T you'll find some entertaining photos of both the Fly Fishing Film Tour and the Florida Triple Threat Cheerleading Competition.

While cheerleading may be entertaining to some, I suspect you aren't going to the Fly Fishing Film Tour to watch something like this.

Davis Square T-Stop
So to sum up, be sure to look for your local show, visit your local fly shop, buy some tickets and check out the awesome line-up that the fine folks from the Fly Fishing Film Tour are bringing to your area.

Here in Boston, I'll be getting off the Red Line at Davis Square next Wednesday to attend the 6:30 show. Easy access for all in the Boston Area.

For a full New England Listing and show info, check out New England on the Fly's blog post about the Fly Fishing Film Tour. Ben summarizes the regional listings and provides more contact info about the tour.

I hope to meet Ben and other local fly fishing fanatics at the Somerville show.