I am absolutely thrilled to be in charge of coordinating the first WSC hosted IF4 event in Seattle.
There are some key aspects to this particular event that I feel will make it one of the best IF4 showings this year:
- THE VENUE. Not only will it be at a fantastic location where food and drinks will be served all evening, but it’s going to be at TWO venues that are right next door to each other and will air the film simultaneously, making it easy for guests to enjoy the film and socialize between the two spots: Tini Bigs and Hula Hula. http://www.tinibigs.com/tinibigssite/ A huge thanks to Keith Robbins for contributing both of his venues!
- APRIL VOKEY WILL BE ATTENDING/CO-HOSTING WITH ME. She has an insanely busy schedule, so this is exciting news for the WSC, and we appreciate her taking the time to be a part of our event. She is featured in the first IF4 produced film “Landed” as well, which is part of the line-up of great films to be shown.
April is a successful guide, teacher, writer and conservationist who has been an integral part of the fly-fishing industry, and is a positive influence to the community. Read more about her here: http://www.aprilvokey.com/about/
- RAISING MONEY FOR WILD STEELHEAD! This is the first year the WSC (Wild Steelhead Coalition) has hosted IF4, and by collaborating with them this year, there is potential for us to raise a lot of money for a fantastic and important cause. Thank you to the Birds’ and IF4 for giving us the opportunity!
The Official Trailer:
IF4™ 2014 – Tickets On Sale Now! from IF4 on Vimeo.
Check out our Event Page on Facebook:
Hope to see you there!
The online auction supporting SWCC (Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition) has started TODAY! Bidding ends on 3/7.
Get your bid on and check out the items available here:
It’s a typical day outside in Seattle… Raining and chilly, but luckily not windy. In my mind, it is a good day for some beach fishing.
So, Andrew and I got out the single-handed rods that had been collecting dust since last summer, as our Spey rods practically stay rigged up year round, pushing the other rods further back on the shelf. We dug out the 5 lb tippet and chartreuse colored flies and headed to the local beach for some cutthroat action– or at least, an attempt to find some.
One of Andrew’s classmates joined us for the rainy Sunday adventure, and it ended up being exactly that: A pursuit for fish in an endless downpour. It seemed like a typical “NW profile” example that Pemco insurance could use as one of its’ catchy advertisements. “Fly fishermen enduring the rain for the elusive piscatorial pursuit…” Or something along those lines. (If you haven’t seen or heard those commercials, Google it. They’re pretty amusing and not far fetched in poking fun at the typical NW resident.)
Anyway, It was worth getting my hands wet being able to practice double-hauling with my Echo 5wt and unweighted line. And it certainly was a refreshing change to my habitual Spey casting methods I have succumbed to over the last few months. I was surprised with how quickly I picked up the single-hand casting techniques I had feared were lost, and I even felt they improved a bit.
All-in-all, despite not getting a single tug, it was a satisfying afternoon spent on the beach. A perfect way to spend a rainy Sunday in Seattle, if you ask me.
Until next time…
“Don’t ask questions, just get out and fish.”
It was definitely “a fish of a thousand casts” last weekend, but it was worth getting out of the city for a couple days and out on some of our favorite water.
With all the pressure the rivers on the coast are getting lately, I will not write a lot of detail on where we were and how the experience was. Besides, it’s never a glamorous story anyway, and the last thing that area needs is another story about how “epic” the fishery is out there, or how everyone and their mom should “hit the Peninsula” for the “fish of a lifetime”, because it isn’t any of those things and it’s only getting worse with less and less fish returning every year. The reason we go back every year is because it’s a special place to us, and we know when to stay off the rivers and leave the fish alone, but we also are too stubborn to stop fishing there completely. Yet… (I know I probably sound bitter, but it’s my blog and I will cry if I want to.)
I was able to borrow my parents’ Nikon SLR, and Andrew and I had fun playing with it. We are no photographers by any means, but I am happy to have photos that aren’t from my iPhone for once.
With all of that said, I hope you enjoy the photos:
Until next time…