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What’s New in the Tying Game?

If you’re like me, you spend an unhealthy amount of time looking at fly fishing gear. Though you may not need that new seal disc drag fly reel or the matching blue backing, you still look, nonetheless. Those of us who tie tend to fall into the same routine, clicking that “What’s New” category in fly tying, to see the latest and greatest in the fly tying world. We do this knowing we probably won’t deviate far from the pheasant tails, hares ears, caddis, and simulators that overflow our boxes. Yet, these days, it seems like there are new products to be excited about; and unlike rods, reels, waders, and boots, fly tying materials often don’t break the bank.

In the Spring issue, I reviewed some newly released fly tying products to see if they live up to the hype.  Following are a few patterns I tied up in the process.

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2020 IF4 Viewer’s Choice Winner | Travels with Charlie

We are thrilled to announce that “Travels With Charlie” from Todd Moen is the winning film of the 2020 IF4, based on votes cast by viewers across the world. “Travels With Charlie” follows Moen and his 11-year-old son, Charlie, as the duo embarks on Charlie’s first-ever destination fly-fishing trip – to Kimsquit Bay Lodge in British Columbia, where big rivers and big fish require Spey casts and a lot of patience

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IF4 Original | The Wanderer

Our world is constantly changing, moving from one beat to the next like a massive and unceasing machine. How do we find respite from the noise? Where do we go to escape? The Wanderer, the 2021 IF4 Original, takes us to an unspoiled, natural sanctuary in the heart of the Rocky Mountain West, full of high-mountain lakes, eager fish, and endless beauty. Take a breath, relax, and enjoy the solitude.

Be sure to get your tickets to your local IF4 viewing and check out the trailers for all the IF4 Official Selections!

IF4 Official Selection | Turbo Giants

Have you ever tried to stop a vehicle with a fly rod? That’s about what it feels like to challenge the giant trevally of the Seychelles. Getting them to eat a fly is only half the challenge. From there, it takes every ounce of energy and guile you can muster.

Intents Media grappled with these gargantuan brutes and lived to tell the tale in their latest film, and a 2021 IF4 Official Selection, Turbo Giants.

Grab your tickets at the IF4 website, and check out trailers for the rest of the selections!

IF4 Official Selection | Out There

Next up in our 2021 IF4 Official Selections is Out There, by Hooké.

From the filmmaker: 2020 was a difficult year for everyone, and let’s hope we can all put this behind us. But as funny as it is, the past year ended up being quite memorable for Fred and the crew. You want to know why? Because fly fishing is the best remedy out there. Follow Hooké’s journey through the wild rivers of Terrace, British Columbia, the lakes and rivers of Eeyou Istchee Baie-James, and the magnificent Matapedia river in Gaspésie. They get out there in search of big pike, Atlantic salmon, steelhead, and Coho salmon. Follow Hooké on this expedition in some of the most beautiful places on earth!

Don’t forget to visit the IF4 website to check out all the trailers and buy tickets to your local virtual showing!

IF4 Official Selection | Fuerte

Fly fishing and the west coast of Colombia don’t typically go hand-and-hand. There’s a jungle, four transportation shifts, and an unrelenting coast of jagged waves. Good thing the crew at PopFizz wouldn’t have it any other way. Join the guys as they go deep into the wild and come out with a story worth telling. Law enforcement included.

Be sure to check out all this year’s IF4 selections and buy tickets to your local showing the IF4 website.

IF4 Official Selection | Raised on Rainbows

The 2021 Virtual IF4 is here! This year, we’ve got an awesome lineup of films that run the gamut from amazing to unbelievable, with a generous side of “Did you see that?!?”

Our featured film today, Raised on Rainbows from Matt Coddaire, tells the story of a couple attempting to navigate their lives as both parents and fly anglers. Hint: it’s not easy.

Be sure to buy tickets for your local showing at the IF4 website, and check out the other films in this year’s lineup!

IF4 Official Selection | Baltics

The next official selection to the 2021 Virtual IF4 is Baltics, from Focusonthefly Media.
 
From the filmmaker: Baltic salmon are extraordinary creatures. Isolated from their Atlantic cousins during the last Ice Age, these fish have developed an extraordinary behavior, adapting their qualities to some of the wildest and longest river systems in Europe, being perhaps the most powerful and challenging salmon of all. Sanna Koljonen is our host in this incredible adventure chasing her first Baltic salmon of the season in the heart of Swedish Lapland.
 
Be sure to visit flyfilmfest.com for all the trailers and to buy tickets for your local viewing!