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Santa Fe to Host the 2011 Fly Fishing Film Tour
Proceeds from an upcoming fly-fishing film festival will go to trout habitat improvements and other worthy projects on the state’s top angling attraction, the San Juan River below Navajo Dam, according to sponsors.
“Anyone who loves to fish and truly cares about this trophy-class trout stream should come on down to the show,” says Larry Johnson of the San Juan River Guide Association, one the film’s festival’s primary sponsors. “The films are great, there’ll be fabulous raffle prizes and it’s a wonderful opportunity to show support for our beautiful San Juan River.”
In Santa Fe the film festival will show at the Lodge at Santa Fe, 750 North St. Francis Drive, on March 25 with The Reel Life and High Desert Angler fly shops sponsoring. The event will feature bar and food service, prizes and give-aways. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $15 at the door or $10 when purchased at the sponsors’ stores, up until noon of the show date. Proceeds will go to projects on the San Juan River endorsed by New Mexico Trout, the Truchas Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the San Juan River Guide Association.
Heritage Hotels, which operates both the Hotel Albuquerque and the Lodge at Santa Fe, donated cinema graphic accommodations for the film festival.
Films to be shown include a documentary of the exploits of four die-hard fishermen doing whatever it takes to survive on the open road for nearly four months on an epic, overland, fly-fishing adventure.
Beginning in Portland, Oregon, the crew converts a diesel truck to run on vegetable oil, while they beg, borrow, and barter ways to fuel their 8,000-mile journey to the tip of Baja and across mainland Mexico to the beaches of the Yucatan Peninsula.
While en route to their fishing destinations the crew tries desperately to avoid harassment from local law enforcement and from being kidnapped and held for ransom by the drug cartels.
Another film features two childhood friends whose lifelong dream of exploring the wilderness of the South Island of New Zealand becomes reality and the experience of a lifetime.
Other segments include films dedicated to Muskie fishing in Wisconsin, fishing the marshes of Louisiana in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, and fly fishing for shark, permit and smallmouth bass in unique locations.
And the show will feature a sneak preview of the first 20 minutes of the film "Low & Clear", a story about a winter fly-fishing trip to Canada that serves as catalyst for two old friends who have gone their separate ways.
With days spent in icy waters and cramped motel rooms, the two discover they may have grown too far apart as ideologies and egos clash.
A meditation on friendship, the film seeks to examine how for some, life can be about fishing and for others, fishing can be about life.
For more info about the film festival contact Jeff Croy by email at The Reel Life at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (505) 820-2132 or contact the following shops directly. You can also read more on Karl Moffatt's blog "Outdoors New Mexico & Tales From The Far Bank".
Shop Info: Santa Fe, New Mexico
The Reel Life High Desert Angler
Sanbusco Market Center 460 Cerrillos Road
510 Montezuma Street Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501 Tele: