Fly Fish Film Fest In Okanagan Friday Night

Tickets available for the event to be held at Laurel Packinghouse in Kelowna as fundraiser for Trout Unlimited

It’s the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Okanagan chapter of Trout Unlimited and there are plenty of tickets still available for tonight’s F3T Fly Fishing Film Tour at the Laurel Packinghouse.

Several fly fishing films will be screened at the event, which has grown over the past five years and is in its first year at the Laurel Packinghouse.

Doors open at 5 p.m. and organizers have set up fly fishing demos, a silent auction as well as a rep from Pategonia Inc. to talk to as local fly fishers gather at the event.

“Switching over to the Laurel has allowed us to make it more of a social event,” said Travis Lowe of Trout Unlimited. “We want people to come down early and socialize before we get into the films.”

Any proceeds raised from the event will go straight into the coffers of Trout Unlimited, which is raising money to support the troubled Kettle River.

“We will have people there to talk about Trout Unlimited and what we are doing and what the plan is with the Kettle,” said Lowe.

In the past five years the Fly Fishing Film Festival has raised $10,000 for Trout Unlimited and together with a grant, the group now has $30,000 towards a goal of $60,000 to go towards a future project on the Kettle.

“We have to find a land-owner on the Kettle to buy in and work with us on a conservation project,” said Lowe. “We’re trying to find the right project to put our money towards.”

The 6th annual Fly Fishing Film Festival will screen eight movies with topics ranging from saving king salmon in Alaska to one man’s attempt to guide every day of the year.

Doors open at 5 p.m. with the first film at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the door and people are asked to come early, sign up for Trout Unlimited and help conserve the local waters.