The Fly Fishing Film Tour and Swag Girl

by Rebecca on February 23, 2010

in Fly Fishing

~Fly Fishing Film Tour~

On Saturday night I swallowed any public shyness I harbor, summoned my bravado and faced the ultimate herd of Fly Fisherman collected into one spot (without water) and went to the Drake Fly Fishing Film Tour as it passed through Boise Idaho.

When I first learned it was coming to town I had devised a plan. Buy a ticket, drive to event, wear my trusty fly fishing hat low over my brow and simply slink in and slink out. A bit like my normal Fly Shop routine.

However, the week prior to the film, I met via the Internet medium and phone, a local fly fisherman and custom rod builder, Steve Vance. We talked fishing a few times and the day before the showing, he called and asked me if I would help him and the tour out by passing out hats at the event.

By saying ya, sure, I can help out (handle it), I blew my incognito plan out like a river in early June run off. Next thing I knew I was party crashing the Idaho Angler pre-film gathering which was a great get together at a local fly fishing shop. Then we headed down to the theater and I became part of the Film Tour swag team! Talk about a good deal…and this is for everyone…for the price of one ticket you got entrance to the movie, a Fishpond hat, a Belize DVD, a Costa Del Mar sunglasses retainer and a swanky program….passed out in a frenzied blur by yours truly. (My only gig was Boise, sorry)

At one point the event guy running the actual theater told Steve and I to pick up the pace because the line of frothing fly fisherman stretched around the block. If I had a second to spare I would have explained to him that this was bonus swag of the fly fishing nature and such treasures shouldn’t be hurried. Instead of stating the obvious, I flung goodies as fast as I could. Hundreds of people had to pass by me and accept my swanky offerings, but I’ll be damned if I remember a single one in that blur. But…it was all good, I was like the fairy godmother of fishing.   

When the line finally stalled and the movie started, Steve and I raced into the theater to find a seat in the dark. Since this is the first time I’ve ever seen it, I have nothing to compare to past years films, but I really enjoyed myself. I can’t imagine a better time to tease the fly fishing soul and wet the parched lips of winter locked hysteria than a February film of fish temptations. Have a touch of Cabin Fever? Go see the Fly Fishing Film Tour for 3 hours of jealousy and visual pleasure.

I did have the pleasure of meeting Thad Robinson, Marc Crapo (stunning Indiana Jones satchel) and Jay (thank you for the t-shirt!) along with one special lady who seems to have as bad a luck as I do in the raffle department. Julie…lets go fishing soon!  

All in all, I’m very glad I went.


P.S. as a former swag swinger for the Fly Fishing Film Tour, a piece of advice. Get your tickets early and furthermore, get in line early! Some swag ran out and the stragglers only got a hat and program! Early hatch gets the biggest rewards ~

P.P.S. Hey John Dollar (who writes Seven Bridges Road) I waited and waited to be haunted, spooked, or at least feel the cold air of ghosts at the Egyptian Theater all night, but the only scary thing in the whole theater was the screaming fly fisherman =)


{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

WolfyNo Gravatar February 23, 2010 at 9:46 am

Sounds like the perfect relief to the “Winter from Hell”



AustinNo Gravatar February 23, 2010 at 9:48 am

Sounds like you had a great time and I’m jealous!

Also sounds like you now know what a trout feels like in a feeding lane (however a little backwards I suppose).


NerverackerNo Gravatar February 23, 2010 at 10:00 am

You do know what SWAG stands for yeah? Stuff We Ain’t Getting. Sounds like you had a great time. Awesome way to beat the winter-time fly fishing blues. I’ve sluffed off a few that have happened here, but I wish I would have gone. But, they seem to have them on Saturdays or Sundays which just totally interfere with my fishing and skunkings. Honestly, I’d rather have fish kicking my ass in the river than drooling over someone else catching one on the silver screen. One of these days, I’ll break down and go, but only when it doesn’t cause me to miss a day of fishing.



RobNo Gravatar February 23, 2010 at 11:28 am

Awesome! I can’t wait until it rolls through here in March. Glad you had a good time.


Michael L. BantamNo Gravatar February 23, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Hey Rebecca, I missed the show. Glad you made it. I am back at work now just as the Skwala hatch is about to go off. Great review.


KirkNo Gravatar February 23, 2010 at 2:44 pm

You are now officially either a Fly Fishing Film Tour Groupie or a celebrity- either way, what a cool opportunity! I missed it this year but have rather enjoyed it in the past. Mac Rowdy (Marc Crapo) is one cool character (you should go fish the Henry’s Fork with him sometime). If you ever get a little spare change, add one of his custom made fly wallets to your list of must-haves. They’ll up your streamside cool factor ; ) I have a couple of them but my cool factor was so low to begin with, I’m still not cool.

Great story, Rebecca!


ChrisNo Gravatar February 23, 2010 at 4:10 pm

Ah the joy’s of working a show. At least it was only one evening instead of several days :) Very well written.


DanNo Gravatar February 23, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Out of town so I missed it. The way you tell the experience (The Drake Fly Fishing Film Tour). I’ll be there next time. Good writing-very entertaining.

Thanks, Idaho Dan


JohnNo Gravatar February 28, 2010 at 10:00 pm

Sounded like a great time. Cool Swag I must say. So you didn’t encounter anything unusual eh? Well maybe they were enjoying the show to much :)

I have never sat down to watch anything formally produced about fishing like that. I hear its a good one. I have always thought watching something (and paying) like that was like a drive through at Hooters.. I just didn’t get But maybe your review has made me think twice. Atmosphere sounded great, always up for a little fellowship amongst the secret handshake club.

Good to see you made it out of there, had some fun, wasn’t spooked and overcome a little crowd phobia :)

Regards.. John (Boo!)


shannonNo Gravatar March 8, 2010 at 6:44 am

There’s just never enough swag at a porn show.


zaklady bukmacherskieNo Gravatar May 29, 2010 at 3:10 pm

Great info, thanks for useful post. I’m waiting for more


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