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Like Fly Fishing? These Films Will Get You Psyched For Spring

From New England to British Columbia to Kamchatka, this year's Fly Fishing Film Tour treads on similar terrain and stoke as ski movies.

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When I go fishing, I play a little game and guess how many flies I’m going to lose compared to how many beers I’m going to drink. And more often than not, the only thing I catch is a buzz. But I enjoy being outside, trying to find fish, and, if I do, trying to telepathically convince the fish to bite whatever is tied to the end of my line.

I’m told the majority of people who fish aren’t too different than I am, which is why you should know about the 2021 Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T).

Premiering virtually this year, the F3T gave me a great excuse to spend a night at home watching something other than Netflix. Plus, I could watch and learn about other people who fish much better than I do. Best of all, I could still drink beer.

If you’ve never seen a fly fishing movie—which was the case for me—some of them are a lot like ski movies. There are people traveling to beautiful places to try to catch fish, and these anglers are doing their best to make sure those places stay beautiful for generations to come. When fish do get caught, they are usually massive hogs, and the stoke of the fishermen and fisherwomen when they land these monsters can be equated to when skiers stomp a big cliff or ski away from an intense line.

When the anglers don’t quite land a fish, there’s the same disappointment as a skier crashing (but without the gross bodily harm).

Related: Watch Your Favorite Ski Movies in our Warren Miller Film Archive

The 2021 Fly Fishing Film Tour Stoke Reel

This year’s lineup of films tell some pretty incredible stories. “Escape” introduces audiences to Ryan Kelly, an angler with an autoimmune disease who sees fishing as a lifesaving pursuit. “Dropped in the Pacific” documents an all-female fly fishing trip to the Christmas Island coral atoll, where many things don’t go quite as planned.

Without a doubt, the most impactful film in the F3T this year is “Mighty Waters.” The film explores the time that Martin Luther King, Jr., spent on Bimini Island in the Bahamas. There, during his first visit to write his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, Dr. King made quick friends with fishing guide Ansil Saunders. The film explores the conversations the two had, which are sure to inspire anyone who watches.

Trailer: “Mighty Waters”

When it comes to fishing, I know that “the tug is the drug,” but the genuine impact fishing has on the lives of so many incredible individuals is definitely something I didn’t know about until watching this year’s F3T. I felt significantly more excited about fishing when I got to the end of the show, and might just try a little harder to be a better human—and maybe a better angler—going forward.

Tickets for the F3T are available to members of Active Pass who join before April 4, 2021. Use the code FLYFILM30 at check out to save 30 percent on Active Pass membership. Active Pass members also get a subscription to SKI Magazine, access to premium content from tons of amazing titles, including the entire Warren Miller Entertainment film library, and more. Individual tickets for the F3T are $20 or a household pass can be purchased for $35.

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