Union Grove Distillery | STOKE REEL: Fly Fishing Film Tour 2018
May 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Union Grove Distillery is pleased to announce the screening of the F3T Fly Fishing Film Tour 2018 STOKE REEL. Join us for an evening of some of the finest fly fishing films in the world and some of the finest hand-crafted vodka anywhere, all in the birthplace of American fly fishing. And be sure to ask for a signature Spillian Trout Tail Cocktail, made with Union Grove’s award-winning Vly Creek vodka and small-batch maple syrup from our neighbors at Tree Juice!
Saturday, May 12
Union Grove Distillery
Films in the Series
Beyond the Horizon by Cold Collaborative
This is the story of Guanaja, Honduras native, Rankin Jackson and his struggle to provide for his family while surviving the push of the drug trade and ultimately how fly fishing revealed his road to redemption.
10 years ago Rankin found himself with the opportunity to work at Fly Fish Guanaja, sleeping in a hammock near the lodge to guard the boats. He rapidly developed as a fly fisherman and today is regarded as one of the greatest guides in all of Honduras.
During his time in the Cartel, Rankin learned of a hidden set keys to the east; Cayos Cajones. For 10 years he has been telling his friend and boss, Steven Brown, of the legends whispered beneath the surface. Until recently a journey was deemed too treacherous. But in 2017 the plans were struck and the mission moved forward. The mission to venture Beyond the Horizon.
100 Miles by Fly Out Media
Fly fishing and adventure go together like pizza and beer. By nature, an adventure is not defined by some pre-canned success story. Adventure is defined by an unknown outcome. And, as it turns out, the Alaska wilderness is a perfect canvas for genuine adventure and the unexpected. In the words of one of Alaska’s great explorers and bush pilots Paul Claus, “Everything here is bigger, larger, harder and tougher than it looks. It doesn’t matter who you are, what you’ve done, or how great shape you are in, if you come here, you’ll contend with the Alaskan factor.” For this group of anglers, that’s exactly what the doctor ordered.
The goal of this expedition was simple – to use packrafts as a tool to explore and fish an extremely remote and braided river system, much of which is not accessible with larger rafts. The simple and no-frills nature of packrafting offers the ultimate in flexibility and mobility. In climbing, they call it going alpine style – lightweight, fast, efficient. For an angler, this means accessing countless small channels and mouse-eating trout without the worry of dead ends, portages, and extra baggage.
This trip was not a first descent on an unnamed river. It was not some epic of mankind’s quest through the uncharted. But, after going 100 river miles without seeing another human soul, it felt like it. To revel in the unknown is the greatest thrill for an angler. And when it’s all over, the fishing, the adventure, and the solitude all culminate into a shared experience with the company you keep.
The African Tiger by Capt. Jack Productions (Jako Lucas)
Africa is best known for its wild safaris showcasing its impressive wildlife, with campfires and beautiful sunsets in the background. However, it also offers a Fly Fisherman a chance at a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, and an opportunity to try and tame… The African Tiger! Follow the Capt Jack Productions team, as they search for ‘The African Tiger’. Armed to the teeth, and a ferocious alpha predator in all the rivers they are found, it is no easy task to get one to hand.
Dubai on the Fly by Beattie Outdoor Productions
When westerners think of Dubai, fishing is about the last thing we imagine, if we think of it at all. But at the heart of this fast, modern city lies a shockingly intact traditional fishing culture alongside a blooming fly angling industry. Acting as the Anthony Bourdain of this culture-and-recreation oriented film is Colorado-based angler and film veteran Frank Smethurst. Joining with Captain Nick Bowles and Emirati angler Mohammed Al Faour, Frank unveils familiar and unexpected sides of this iconic city, in the desert and on the water.
Atlanticus by Castaway Films
Atlanticus picks up where many Tarpon stories leave off. This is not the familiar tale of migrations, worms, or flats. Rather, this film follows a group of friends on an incredible journey from the beaches of Gabon, through Mexico, and deep into Central America.
Our team wanders off the beaten path to find Tarpon in the most unusual places. This adventure is an emotional ride with lessons in persistence, failure, and ultimately discovery. Accompany us as we fish a locust hatch of plague proportions, search for monsters over 120 miles from the ocean, and attempt something nearly impossible… to catch a Tarpon on foot.
After several years in production, Atlanticus is heading to the big screen and touring with the 2018 Fly Fishing Film Tour. The latest installment from Director/Producer Grant Wiswell, Creative Director Matt Orton, and Castaway Films is sure to make you think differently about the mighty Megalops. Atlanticus stars Jeff Currier, Jako Lucas, Neville Orsmond, Drew Miller, Dr. Andy Danylchuk, Aaron Ford, and many more.
Join our journey in to the unknown.
About the F3T
The original and preeminent exhibition of fly fishing cinema, The F3T is a one of a kind experience. Each year fishy folk of all ages gather in big cities and small towns alike to soak up films from around the world, spin a few yarns amongst friends and dream about casts yet unmade. In our 12th annual lap around the globe, the 2018 Fly Fishing Film Tour will make its way to theaters in more than 175 cities in eight countries.
How are the films this year? Good question. They’re on fire! Wait. No… they’re… on fleek? No, that’s not it either. This year’s lineup of films… would blow the doors off a ’78 Buick. With an emphasis on the stories, characters and fisheries that help make up the vast world of fly fishing, the 2018 F3T will take you from Michigan to Honduras, from Wyoming to Greenland, from the mind of child to the heart of a musician, from the edge of your seat to the end of the earth and back!
In addition to showcasing world-class fly fishing films, The F3T is dedicated to supporting the local fly shops and conservation groups that form the backbone of our sport’s educational and environmental efforts. Discount F3T tickets are available at more than 150 fly shops across the country. A portion of those ticket sales go directly to support the conservation work that keeps our favorite fisheries intact, healthy and available for us all to enjoy. In 2017 F3T events raised over $500,000 for conservation and fishing-related charities. In addition to fundraising, we’re dedicated to providing a platform that builds awareness and support of groups like Trout Unlimited, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, Wild Steelhead Coalition, Bonefish Tarpon Trust, Utah Stream Access Coalition, Stop Pebble Mine and many more.