Festival of the Fly, a growing Gorge tradition, returns Thursday for its fifth year, with a new film documenting some of the most scenic fly fishing locales on the planet.
The 86-minute “Waypoints” is the latest feature from Confluence Films, which produced past Festival of the Fly offerings including “Connect,” “Rise” and “Drift.”
There are two showings of “Waypoints,” at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Festival of the Fly, at Skylight Theatre, is a benefit for stream restoration projects on the White Salmon and Hood rivers in honor of the late Glen Haack, a Hood River businessman who knew fly fishing and was an angling mentor to others.
Admission is $20, and includes entry to the film and 10 $1 raffle tickets. Prizes this year include Sage switch rods and Sage reels, a Tom Lamier guided fly fishing tip, Redington fly rod and reel combo, a special package from Full Sail, Willamette valley wine tour for two, and assorted fishing gear.
“This event is for more than fly fishers. It’s for everyone who hikes along a river, or rafts or kayaks and likes having no trash,” said Chris Ellison, festival coordinator.
“This is a film that can be enjoyed by just about anyone,” he said, “because they can know that some of the funds from this festival are going to go to helping take care of the rivers. It’s about more than just fly fishing.”
“Waypoints” goes from the jungles of Venezuela in quest of the saber-toothed payara, to the fishing Himalayan rivers of India for the golden mahseer. “Waypoints” also visits Chile, St. Brandon’s Atoll in the south Pacific, and Alaska.
The film is a travelogue that showcases not only the fly fishing lifestyle by the journey itself as seen through the eyes of anglers Oliver Shite, Jeff Currier, Greg Bricker, Gerhard Laubscher, Dan Leavens and others.
Festival sponsors are Andrew’s Pizza and Skylight Theatre, Full Sail, Gorge Fly Shop, Food Service of America, Naked Winery, Lemma Wine Company and Tom Larimer Guide Service.
Skylight Theatre and Pub is located at 107 Oak St.; movie line 541-386-4888.