Local nonprofit group Conservation Hawks will host three fly fishing films – “Chrome,” “Cold Waters” and “Through The Guides” – on Sunday, May 1 at 5 p.m. at the Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts. The event, which focuses on climate change and will raise funds for CH, also features Trout TV’s Hilary Hutcheson, Field & Stream magazine’s Hal Herring, and fly fishing writer/CH president Todd Tanner.
The film “Cold Waters” looks at the impacts of climate change on trout fishing through the eyes of internationally-acclaimed anglers Yvon Chouinard, Craig Mathews, Tim Romano, Steve Hemkens and Todd Tanner. It was named 2016’s best short environmental film by the Mountain Film Festival. “Through The Guides” explores the passions, personalities, and on-the-water experiences of three top fly fishing professionals: Hilary Hutcheson, Alvin Dedeaux and Greg Dini.
In “Chrome,” which is currently touring the U.S. as part of the 2016 Fly Fishing Film Tour, respected anglers Tom Rosenbauer, Kate Taylor, Dylan Tomine, Hannah Belford, Tim Romano and Todd Tanner fish the wilds of British Columbia for steelhead while examining the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification.
The Flathead Lake Brewing Co. will kick off the event with beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres starting at 5 p.m., followed by the films and speakers. The evening will finish with dessert, silent auctions, and a raffle. Tickets are $35 per person or $50 per couple. For more information, or to reserve tickets, e-mail info@ConservationHawks.org, call 406.291.0857, or visit ColdWaters.org/chfundraiser.