Just as skiiers and snowboarders had filmaker Warren Miller to document the snow-sport world, fly fishermen have their own leaders in the film world — enough to have an annual international film festival that has now been running for six years.
For the first time the International Fly Fishing Film Festival is coming to Prince George, with 10 films from around the world being shown at the UNBC's Canfor Theatre on March 26.
"It's the end of winter here, the snow is starting to disappear, on lakes the ice is starting to come off … you're really salivating for fly fishing, so this really gets people going," said Danie Erasmus, a member of the Polar Coachman Fly Fishers club who is coordinating the event in Prince George.
"You start visualizing what you're going to do for the summer."
The film festival is based in Cranbrook, but goes on tour to cities around North America and elsewhere in the world — in countries as far flung as Slovenia.
"[It's] basically a series of short films, very much along the lines of the fly fishing version of the Warren Miller ski movies," Erasmus said.
"So basically it's a bunch of movies made by fly anglers who just have a big passion for fly fishing, who have the right equipment and then they submit their movies to the producers of this fly fishing film festival."
One of the films Erasmus said he is looking forward to seeing is Gold Fever, which profiles some anglers who combine white water with fly fishing in the the Sierra Foothills of California.
He said the sport of fly fishing has changed in recent years to become more daring, rather than just something people enjoyed for "the peaceful nature of it."
"It's an excuse to go on some fantastic adventures," he said.
"We all have our different ways of escaping the reality of everyday life."
With files from CBC's Daybreak North
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