‘Where the Yellowstone Goes’ to serve as kickoff to the Virginia Fly Fishing and Wine Festival

fly-fishing-festival-logoAs a kickoff to the 13th annual Virginia Fly Fishing and Wine Festival, the film “Where The Yellowstone Goes,” a feature documentary film from award-winning filmmaker Hunter Weeks, will be shown at the Court Square Theatre in Harrisonburg, VA on Friday, April 19, 2013 at 7:30 pm. Proceeds from this showing will go to help fund the operations of the Virginia Fly Fishing and Wine Festival and its foundation conservation efforts.

Sponsored by Trout Headwaters, Inc., Where the Yellowstone Goes is a feature length documentary following a 30-day drift boat fly-fishing journey along the Yellowstone River. Filmed in August and September of 2011, the film follows a small crew down the Yellowstone from Gardiner, Mont., to the confluence of the Missouri River at Fort Buford, N.D., a nearly 600-mile journey.

The longest undammed river in the contiguous United States, the Yellowstone River is considered by many to be one of the greatest trout rivers in the world. The section of river in Montana from Gardiner to Livingston has the official “Blue Ribbon” classification. The Yellowstone begins its journey within Yellowstone National Park, serving as the primary watershed for the Yellowstone ecosystem and ultimately reaching a significant portion of the U.S. through its tributary systems. In July of 2011, an ExxonMobil pipeline running beneath the river ruptured, spilling an estimated 63,000 gallons of oil into the
Yellowstone. The filming captures some of the clean-up effort less than two months after the spill.

Led by fourth-generation Montanan and fly fishing guide Robert Hawkins, the crew explores fly-fishing, conservation, and the type of clarity that can only be found upon slowing down. Along the way, the film captures notes of wisdom as told by the locals met throughout the 30-day adventure. With Montana’s captivating scenery at the forefront, Where the Yellowstone Goes takes a closer look at the impact people have on each other and on our environment. Where the Yellowstone Goes is more than a simple journey. It’s about people, our environment, and the harmony that exists between them.

In addition to the showing of” Where the Yellowstone Goes” a special raffle will be included to raise funds for the Virginia River Defense Fund. www.virginiariversdefensefund.org. These funds will be used to offset the legal cost incurred in the recent Jackson River lawsuit. Raffle tickets for this special raffle will be sold prior to the movie’s showing.

Tickets to the show are $10 in advance at www.vaflyfishingfestival.org, purchased at Mossy Creek Fly Fishing Shop in Harrisonburg, VA www.mossycreekstore.com or at the door the night of the show.

For more information about the film, or to view the trailer, go to www.WhereTheYellowstoneGoes.com.

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The 13th ANNUAL VIRGINIA FLY FISHING AND WINE FESTIVAL PROMISES FUN FOR ALL AGES

One of the nation’s top fly fishing events features family fun, live demonstrations, wine sampling, on stream casting classes and fly tying seminars. The festival will be held on the banks of the South River at Constitution Park in Waynesboro, VA on Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21, 2031.

Festival hours are 9:00 AM -5:00 PM each day, rain or shine.

Daily admission tickets are $20 for adults and kids 16 and under are free. Weekend passes are available for $35.

Saturday and Sunday (April 20-21, 2013) in Waynesboro, the highlights include:

  • · Over 60 exhibitors including Orvis and Temple Fork Outfitters will have the latest in fly fishing equipment, merchandise, guide services, and destinations.
  • · Casting classes with Wanda Taylor and Ed Jawarowski
  • · Beginner fly tying classes with Bob Clouser
  • · Casting demonstrations throughout the day with fly fishing legend Lefty Kreh
  • · Free children’s Catch and Release Trout Pool with native brook trout

For a complete list of activities, please visit www.vaflyfishingfestival.org.

Between lectures, classes, and lunch, noted Virginia wineries will pour samples of popular vintages.  Wine tastings are included with festival admission. Attendees can sip wine while listening to live riverside music.

Over $7,500 worth of raffle prizes will be featured. Conservation-minded Subaru will showcase their newest models and give away custom-made popping bugs tied in Subaru colors by Walt

For more information about the festival, including a complete schedule, visit www.vaflyfishingfestival.org.


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