Over 100 angling enthusiasts spent Friday, May 4th at the Fly Fishing Film Tour, hosted for the second year in a row by Shoreline Church in Destin. The event raised $3000 for the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) to improve swimmable, fishable waterways.
The 2019 films featured stories from all over the world, including Alaska, the Seychelles, Australia, French Polynesia, and more. Doors opened at 6 p.m., and local vendors showcased their wares and fishing products, including the Flying Pig Café, the Brig Brewery, Panhandle Flyfishers, and Bote. Bote, Orvis, and Skinny Water Culture provided door prizes, and Bote additionally raffled off one of their impressive boards.
“We are very passionate about the environment and as Christ followers, we believe that we should lead the way in taking care of the environment,” says Eric Partin, Pastor of Shoreline Church.
He continues, “Besides it was man’s first job. So hosting this film festival is one way that we can help out the CBA in stewarding our watershed now for future generations to enjoy. I would like my grandchildren to appreciate what we did to preserve it.”
“Seeing so many inspiring films is a great way to celebrate both angling and our environment,” says Alison McDowell, Director of CBA, “Thanks to Shoreline Church, the proceeds from this event will be invested into improving swimmable, fishable waterways in our community.”
According to the Fly Fishing Film tour (F3T), “The original and preeminent exhibition of fly fishing cinema, The F3T is a one of a kind experience. Each year anglers 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 its 13th lap around the globe, the Fly Fishing Film Tour is packed with remarkable films, topnotch stories and imagery that will fuel your dreams for months to come!”