Updated: Feb 7
After a year off, the time has come for me to host another International Fly Fishing Film Festival (IF4) in Logan, Utah on March 3rd, 2022.
Doors open at 5:30pm, Show starts at 6:30pm
Our 2019 and 2020 showings were a big success thanks to the support of great friends and brands. I truly appreciate all that has been done to make these shows memorable for our community and support the conservation goals I have made. This year we will be hosting a live event as well as a virtual screening for friends from all over the state to join in supporting our cause.
During my time off from hosting this event last year, I have had a lot of time to reflect on those goals and how to improve my ability to use this event to support them. In the past the funds raised from IF4 would go to a nonprofit which took a 60% cut to support the national organization and distributed the remaining funds to the state chapter which would be available for use. I truly appreciate the work they do, but I felt it would be more productive to donate 100% of the proceeds raised directly to a project in our community. This will give those who attend our showing the ability to support the fisheries they love and see first-hand where their money went.
This year I have decided to donate the funds raised from IF4 to the North Eden Creek project at Bear Lake, Utah. Jim DeRito, a Fisheries Restoration Project Manager at Trout Unlimited, is working to reconnect North Eden creek to Bear Lake. Currently the creek has an impassable culvert at the county road crossing and due to irrigation practices the creek runs dry for much of the year. This project will redesign the road crossing to allow for fish migration and replace the irrigation system used by landowners with a more efficient version pumped from well water to allow instream flow year-round. This will reconnect the lake to 10 more miles of historical spawning habitat, an approximately 50% increase in available spawning grounds, for the endemic Bear Lake Cutthroat which is currently not accessible to the fish.
For more information about the IF4 films click: HERE