Friday, July 15, 2011

Reels spin for fly-fishing films

Silver Creek Outfitters to host a weekend of events for anglers

Express Staff Writer

The sixth annual Silver Creek Film Festival will take place on Friday, July 15, at 7 p.m. at the nexStage Theatre in Ketchum. Courtesy photo

The Wood River Valley is a fly-fishing mecca that attracts anglers from around the world. Celebrating fly-fishing and fly-fishing culture, Silver Creek Outfitters in Ketchum has planned a weekend of events centered around the passion and lifestyle men and women have for casting flies.

The sixth annual Silver Creek Outfitters Film Festival will feature new films including "The Great Migration," "A Steelhead Family," "Tapâm" and a surprise film. Doors open at the nexStage Theatre in Ketchum at 6 p.m. Friday, July 15, and the films will screen at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15, available at the door. Proceeds from the festival will benefit Sun Valley Adaptive Sports. In addition, the evening will have raffle prizes with a chance to win rods and reels. Refreshments will be available.

"The Great Migration" is a documentary film about the journey of salmon from the Pacific Ocean to Sawtooth Lake in Stanley.

"A Steelhead Family" is a documentary with Bob Clay, a well-known steelhead salmon fishing guide in British Columbia.

"He is a guide and he makes bamboo rods," said John McLaughlin, festival organizer. "The film is about him and his family."

"Tapâm: A Flyfishing Journey" is a documentary film about fishing for tarpon in remote rivers. It received The Drake magazine Best Fishing Film award in 2010.

In addition, the evening will include a presentation by filmmaker and Silver Creek Outfitters fly-fishing guide Bryan Huskey with some of his new work.

On Saturday, July 16, Silver Creek Outfitters will host its annual Product Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at its store with a catered barbecue by Apple's. The fair will feature several top fly-fishing brands with representatives who will show new products.

"We will be featuring Sage Fly Rods' brand new fly rod, "One," which is not available until the middle of August," McLaughlin said. "People can cast it as well as place orders for it."

To finish the weekend, Silver Creek Outfitters will host a Catch magazine photography clinic open to all. The clinic will include hands-on photography instruction with the magazine's writers and creators Brian O'Keefe and Bryan Huskey. The clinic will take place from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $75. Equipment is not needed but participants may bring their own cameras. For details, call 726-5282.

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