Film buffs rise to the occasion

The fourth annual Rise Fly Fishing Film Festival is currently touring the country and pulling good crowds – last Tuesday night’s Sydney screening in Leichhardt drew a packed house.

Festival organiser and film maker, Nick Reygaert, said attendance figures were up from last year, highlighted by the almost 200 Sydney fishos eager to check out some of the best fly fishing films from around the world. Other shows around Australia and New Zealand have also been well received with crowds turning out in droves.

Audiences have been treated to edited versions of four diverse, high quality films. Kicking things off was The Drift, the story of two US fly fishing guides who bravely venture to the war-torn Kashmir region in search of trout.

Another movie, Drum, profiled the awesome red drum fishery along the southern states of the US. Interesting subject matter so far removed from this country, yet the action had the Sydney audience itching to sample such unique southern style fishing.

Nick Reygaert’s own film, The Source – Tasmania, profiles Tasmania’s wild trout fishing. Surprisingly, few films have ever been made about Tasmanian fishing. Reygaert said he saw the need to showcase this world-class fishery, and he has, The Source – Tasmania covers everything from sea run trout on Tasmania’s rugged West Coast to tiny wild fish in thick rainforest streams.

The final film, Raising the Ghost, was something totally different. A bunch of friends go in search of rare dry fly sipping steelhead rainbows in Canada’s British Columbia. Featuring an excellent story line and awesome action footage Raising the Ghost was a big crowd favourite.

The Rise Fly Fishing Film Festival is continuing to tour the country through June and July – remaining show dates for June are below, for other dates go to

Stay tuned for the full review of The Source in an upcoming issue of Fisho.

Remaining dates and venues for Rise – Fly Fishing Film Festival 2009 during June are: Bowral 4th June Empire Theatre; Canberra 8th June National Library; Albury 12th June Nowick Theatre; Melbourne West 15th June Sun Theatre; Melbourne 17th June Reading Cinema Elsterwick; Devenport 19th June Mersey Yacht Club; Launceston 22nd June Village Cinema; Burnie 25th June Metro Cinema; Ballarat 27th June TBC; Geelong 29th June St Mary’s Theatre.

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