F3T trailer season is upon us! With the shake-up that occurred with last year’s tour and COVID-19, we could not be more stoked for the 2021 Fly Fishing Film Tour. Featuring films from around the globe, this tour is going to be unique without a doubt! Of course, we’ll be releasing our “Behind the Lens” interviews presented by Costa Del Mar Sunglasses, but until those start dropping in February, here is a full list of 2021’s films and their accompanying trailers. Enjoy!
The 2021 Fly Fishing Film Tour Trailers
Just Like Mac
“Uncle Mac left a deep imprint on Tommy. Join us as we retrace Tommy’s steps – from farm ponds to tarpon flats – to understand why.”
Directed By: Ben Meadows
“Journeying to Russia’s Tugur River is a journey back in time, to massive roadless expanses of boreal forest and the kingdom of Siberian taimen, the world’s largest trout that reaches over 100 pounds.
“River Tigers” a new 14-minute doc from Wild Salmon Center, Maser Films and Yonder Content, puts you on the old MI-9 Soviet helicopter to the Tugur.
The film follows a trio of adventuring fishermen to the Tugur, which is under threat despite its remoteness. American conservationist Guido Rahr, explorer-scientist Mikhail Skopets, and Russian industrial magnate Alexander Abramov converge on the river, in an attempt to find the elusive fish, to unlock its mysteries, and figure out a way to protect the place among the harsh realities of life in the Wild West of the Russian Far East.
“River Tigers” is about the passions and the unlikely friendships that drive conservation in this last frontier. It’s a trip to one of the last truly wild places on Earth. And it’s about the thrill of the hunt.”
Produced By: Wild Salmon Center, Maser Films, and Yonder Content.
The Rewa Rodeo
“This is the story of a small village in the heart of Guyana that conserves fish and wildlife of the Rewa River. Not only did their efforts bring a fish back from the brink of extinction but it created the finest arapaima fishery on the planet.”
Directed By and Produced By Johann Du Preez
A Journey Upstream
“‘A Journey Upstream’ is a personal overview and reflection of the Braker brothers’ love for their home watershed— the Chesapeake Bay. It’s a view into how things have changed over time and how two pivotal species can distinguish the health of this massive ecosystem.”
Directed and Produced by Eric and Andrew Braker
“Life isn’t about what happens to us, it’s how we react. Follow avid angler Ryan Kelly as he documents the management of a disease that requires him to move constantly to cope with the pain. Living in the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area he logs over 1500 miles on the “heel-toe express” and another 1000+ on the sticks. Through the process, he finds a most extraordinary Escape.”
Directed by Ryan Kelly
Hardlined — A KGB Production
Every year, a migration of epic proportions takes place along the Eastern Seaboard of America. From the Carolinas to Canada, anglers flock to the rocky coastlines, estuaries, rivers, and inshore waters to target one of America’s most iconic gamefish- the Striped Bass. Despite its popularity and significance to the coastal communities in the Northeast, the fishery is once again in major jeopardy. The last time this happened, we witnessed one of the greatest conservation success stories of all time, restoring the stock to astronomical numbers. Today, the question on everyone’s mind- can we do it again?
Directed by Chris Kitchen
Produced by KGB Productions and Rex Messing
Leap Year — A Topo Films Production
On the surface, spey fishing for steelhead is a sporting pursuit steeped in tradition. Every year, these anglers and the wild fish they pursue both similarly migrate to the same rivers at the same time. Now, from issues like global pandemics to global warming, there are countless ways in which this tradition can be broken.
In-swinging flies for wild steelhead in British Columbia’s famed Bulkley-Skeena Valley, Leap Year explores the river and the colorful characters of this culture as it begs the question: who will carry on these traditions if the migrations come screeching to a halt?
Directed by Jordie Lepage and Chase White
Produced by Patrick Henry and Chase White
Edited by Jordie Lepage
Mighty Waters — A Cold Collaborative Production
In Bimini, an island in the Bahamas, Martin Luther King found a friend in Ansil Saunders. Four days before the assassination of MLK, they sat in Ansil’s boat, sharing psalms while Dr. King worked on his final speech – “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop.” In the newest Cold Collaborative film, “Mighty Waters,” Ansil visits the spot he had taken MLK as well as visits the global change he’s seen and hopes to see in the world.
Directed by Shannon Vandivier
Produced by Cold Collaborative
Tetiaroa — An Aussie Fly Fisher Production
Tetiaroa is a special place. Nestled among the Society Islands of French Polynesia, it offers a promised land of giant bonefish, GTs, and Triggerfish. 40 miles from Tahiti, owned by the Brando estate, Tetiaroa is an untapped yet vulnerable beauty, deserving of protection. Join Joshua Hutchins of Aussie Fly Fisher and the team from Fly Odyssey as they explore the endless flats and unbelievable fishing. Double figure bonefish and cruisy island vibes make this a once-in-a-lifetime trip.
Filmed & Edited by Kane Chenoweth
Additional Footage: Joshua Hutchins
Dropped In The Pacific — A Jessica Haydahl Photography Production
Seven women are on an adventure of a lifetime; dropped in the Pacific to fish the famous Christmas Island coral atoll. The women experience the remote nature and unforgiving weather that Christmas Island can be known for. Together as a group, they share their experiences, the difficulties, and joys they encountered, as well as what the sport of fly fishing brings to their lives.
Directed and Produced by Jessica Haydahl
Denny’s Fly Box–A PMD Production
This is the story of unknown legend Denny Waln. Waln is a master flytier and angler. He’s one of a kind. Cut from the cloth of a bygone era, his humble, no-nonsense nature leaves an indelible imprint on those he crosses paths with. Join us as we peek inside Denny’s fly box. From filmmaker Matt Devlin of PMD Productions in Missoula, MT. Featuring Denny Waln and Erin Noordermeer.
Directed and Produced by Matt Devlin
A Soul Cleansing Spot Burn
We were torn about this one. Is it acceptable to tell the world about an uncrowded river with big smallmouth that slurp topwater flies if a mine threatens to ruin the whole thing? We’re all sick of spot burning, but we’re more sick of sulfide mines threatening iconic fisheries. This is a soul-cleansing spot burn.
By Off The Grid Studios and Meateater
The 2021 Fly Fishing Film Tour Schedule
After months of planning and consulting with fly shops, conservation groups, sponsors, filmmakers, and fellow anglers, we are thrilled to announce the virtual release of the 15th annual Fly Fishing Film Tour. Because even amidst a time of unpredictability, the F3T is a constant you can rely on.
The 2021 Fly Fishing Film Tour is set to be released in mid-March, 2021. The streaming event will include everything our audience has come to expect from an F3T event, including unforgettable storytelling, camaraderie, and premium free giveaways, including free trips.
Arguably the most well-rounded collection of films we’ve ever showcased, the 15th annual F3T is rich with stories of conservation, adventure, and stunning cinematography. Follow along as a Russian Oligarch burns down poaching camps in order to clean up a remote river in the Russian far east to better protect the gigantic duck-eating taimen that lurk there, in “River Tigers.” And buckle up as Ryan Kelly takes you on a deeply personal ride in Wyoming as he navigates the Flaming Gorge after a diagnosis of a life-altering disease. Shift gears with the team from Meat Eater and Guide/shop owner Tim Landwehr as they rip lips in Wisconsin and highlight a world-class smallmouth bass fishery. Travel with us back in time with filmmaker Shannon Vandivier and Bahamian guide Ansil as they reflect on Martin Luther King Jr.’s lasting social impact and his passion for flats fishing in the Bahamas. These are just some of the stories in this year’s tour.”