On March 9, the Joylan Theatre in Springville will host the 2020 International Fly Fishing Film Festival, featuring 11 angling adventures from around the world’s waters.
The films range from six to 16 minutes in length and include world-wide stories from Alaska to Oman to the Arctic. Featured fish include the giant brook trout, bull trout, Arctic char, giant trevally and the Indo-Pacific Permit.
One film, entitled “The Mend” by Broc Isabelle, follows a father-son relationship complicated by career and responsibilities all set to a fly-fishing background.
Non-profit partners Green Springville and the Springville Field and Stream Club decided to bring this all-ages inaugural event to Springville to support and promote the Springville Community Trout Pond Renovation Project.
“Springville sits within a unique area with many available sport fisheries,” said Tyler Olrogg, a competitive fly fisherman and 2016 SGI grad. “The IF4 film fest serves as a coming together of WNY’s anglers and aspiring anglers with the common goal of conservation and bettering the fishing industries.”
Olrogg will emcee the event.
In addition to the films, this family-friendly event will also have fishing giveaways and raffles to benefit the Springville Community Trout Pond Renovation Project. All children age 16 and under will be entered to win free fishing rod & reel combos, along with lessons from Olrogg.
All proceeds from the event will go to fund the ongoing renovations to the Springville Trout Pond.
“The first phase of the project focuses on accessibility to the pond itself,” explained Gerry Andrews, the project manager. “We want the pond to serve all generations and to build a tradition of conservation-minded community through education and leadership.”
General admission tickets are $15 and available for purchase at the Joylan Theatre, Shamel Milling, Springville Hardware and Witter-Davis Furniture or online at www.showclix.com.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the nearly two-hour fly-fishing adventure screening at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
“This is a great opportunity to support the Trout Pond Renovation Project while seeing world-class fishing on the big screen,” said Reed Braman, Green Springville President. “We want to thank Watermark Wesleyan Church and everyone else who made this event possible.”
For more information on the film or event, go to flyfilmfest.com or the Springville Trout Pond Facebook page, www.facebook.com/SpringvilleTroutPond.