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Yampa Valley Fly Fishers to host 2016 COSTA Fly Fishing Film Tour Saturday

For the second year the Yampa Valley Fly Fishers Chapter 929 of Trout Unlimited will host the 2016 COSTA Fly Fishing Tour at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Chief Theater.

— Inspiring dreams of casts still unmade, the COSTA Fly Fishing Film Tour travels the country, offering fly fishermen and women an opportunity soak up the films and stories from around the world.

For the second year, the Yampa Valley Fly Fishers Chapter 929 of Trout Unlimited will host the 2016 COSTA Fly Fishing Tour. The event is set for 7 p.m. Saturday at the Chief Theater.

"When I first moved to Steamboat nine years ago, I didn't really know anyone or have any local fishing buddies," said Scott Warner, past president and current board member, about his initial involvement with the group. "I think when you bring the fly fishing community together, it helps to bond people, and once people start caring about the fishing, it leads from the fishing to the fish habitat to conservation to caring about the river."

Warner said the local club is more than just a group that gets together to fish. Its mission is to enhance and conserve cold water fisheries through education and outreach by taking part in volunteer and fundraising efforts within the community. Projects the club has been involved with include improvements at the Chuck Lewis State Wildlife Area, the Stagecoach Tailwaters projects and materials donations for locals schools' fishing clubs.

The Yampa Valley Fly Fishers Chapter also helps provide funds to give local teens an opportunity to attend the Colorado Trout Unlimited youth camp, which may be moved to Steamboat this summer.

"I love being able to get out on the river and catch a few fish, especially if the day job is stressful" said Bruce Carta, current present of the Yampa Valley Fly Fishers Chapter. "It's nice to be able to get away and have such great access close to town and just de-stress and be on the river."

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This was the most competitive submission season for the film festival — now in its 10th year — according to a COSTA news release. With locations ranging from Bolivia to Saskatchewan, Montana to Virgina and Patagonia to the Seychelles, the nine films feature diverse and dynamic stories.

Among this year's offerings are films that showcase hunting for the world's largest brook trout in "Finding Fontinalis," the pursuit of billfish on the fly in "Tidewater," fabled milkfish in "Chanos Chanos" and the acrobatic Golden Dorados in "Jungle Angler: Legend of El Dorado."

The tour's mission is not only to showcase high-caliber fishing and locations, but also to support conservation and fly fishing shops that provide education and environmental programs in various communities.

"These films are so diverse," Carta said. "When you go to some of the locations, like Zambia or Bolivia, you see a different way of life there and how people there use those rivers. It's not just about seeing these areas, but about raising awareness about issues not just here locally, but around the world."

Tickets for the COSTA Fly Fishing Film Tour are $15 in advance and can be purchased at Bucking Rainbow, Henderson Fly Fishing, Straightline and Steamboat Fly Fisher or online here. All proceeds will benefit the Yampa Valley Fly Fishers Chapter 929 of Trout Unlimited.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@ExploreSteamboat.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1

If You Go…

What: The 2016 COSTA Fly Fishing Film Tour

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, March 19

Where: Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave.

Tickets: $15 prior or $18 at the door