By Ben Olson
In the book “A River Runs Through It and Other Stories,” author Norman MacLean wrote that growing up in Montana, “there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing.”
That line pretty well sums up the fanatical nature of many fly fishermen and women. It’s not just a thing to do, it’s a connection to the place in which we live.
For those of you who use a fly rod, the annual Fly Fishing Film Tour, or F3T, will be returning to the Panida Theater on Saturday, March 23. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m.
The original and preeminent exhibition of fly fishing cinema, F3T is brought to Sandpoint by North 40 Fly Shop and the Panhandle Chapter of Trout Unlimited.
Each year, anglers from all walks of life gather to soak up films from around the world, spin a few yarns amongst friends and dream about casts yet unmade. With an emphasis on the people, places and fisheries that help make up the vast world of fly fishing, the 2019 F3T will take you from Alaska to Florida, South Dakota to French Polynesia, British Columbia to the coast of Austrailia and right here in Idaho.
Tickets are $12 if purchased in advance at the North 40 Fly Shop (208) 255-5757 (ask for the Fly Shop). They are also available for purchase at Eichardt’s Pub and online by visiting www.FlyFilmTour.com. Remaining tickets can also be purchased at the door on the night of the show for $15. This is a cash only event. No debit cards or credit cards will be accepted, so plan accordingly.
All proceeds from this event will benefit Trout Unlimited and the Pend Oreille Water Festival, which teaches Bonner County fifth graders about water quality and fisheries.
More event information is available at panhandletu.org.
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