• Movie about Yellowstone River to benefit AMFF
    By Darren Marcy
    STAFF WRITER | February 03,2013
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    Many fly anglers from Vermont likely dream about spending some time waving a rod at trout in the northern Rockies. The famed rivers of Montana and others in surrounding states offer bucket list fly-rodding opportunities and a trip of a lifetime to boot.

    And if an angler were to load the fishing wagon with fly-fishing gear, a buddy and a week’s worth of PBR, certainly one of the rivers on the radar would be the Yellowstone.

    But if a jaunt out West isn’t in the cards, then maybe a movie can conjure up visions of summer and dry-fly rises despite the Vermont cold weather.

    “Where the Yellowstone Goes,” a feature-length documentary film from award-winning filmmaker Hunter Weeks, will be screened Feb. 10 in Manchester as a fundraiser for The American Museum of Fly Fishing.

    The film will be shown at noon at the Village Picture Shows in Manchester Center.

    The film follows the exploits of a group as they float the Yellowstone from Gardiner, Mont., to the river’s confluence of the Missouri River in North Dakota nearly 600 miles later.

    The Yellowstone, at 692 miles long (although different sources give it different lengths) is the longest undammed river in the lower 48 states.

    From Gardiner, Mont., to Livingston, Mont., the river is a “Blue Ribbon” classified water. It begins in Yellowstone National Park and is the primary wateshed for the Yellowstone ecosystem, ultimately reaching a significant portion of the United States through its tributaries.

    The 30-day driftboat journey features plenty of fly-fishing, and the Yellowstone is one of the jewels of the fly-fishing world. But this film is about so much more than fish.

    In the West, rivers are the lifeblood of communities and historical development was almost always connected to a river long before wells could be bored thousands of feet into aquifers.

    Today, those rivers are still critical to communities and in this film you’ll meet many of the people who love the Yellowstone for one reason or another as well as look at the impact people have on the river and each other.

    “People are becoming more aware of how important our nation’s waterways are,” Weeks said in a news release. “I think this film will really resonate and help people understand that they can do something. This isn’t just about fly fishing and conservation, this is a real story of life.”

    And, as usual, it seems that anywhere you find great fishing, you find real characters and this film offers plenty of those as well.

    But one of the biggest stars of the show, and one that is present throughout the entire film, is the scenery of Montana, the Big Sky State.

    The crew is led on the journey by fourth-generation Montanan and fly-fishing guide Robert Hawkins. The crew tackles a variety of topics as they float down the river.

    According to the release, “‘Where the Yellowstone Goes,’ is more than a simple journey. It’s about people, our environment, and the harmony that exists between them.”

    Advance tickets to the Feb. 10 screening are $10 and are available at The Village Picture Shows or online at www.villagepictureshows.com. Tickets will be available the day of the show for $12 while they last and screenings often sale out.

    As a fundraiser, the film presentation will raise money for The American Museum of Fly Fishing, which is also in Manchester.

    The AMFF is the steward of the history, traditions and practices of the sport of fly fishing and promotes the conservation of its waters. For more information, go to www.amff.com.

    As an added note, many Vermonters in the sports world or from the southeastern part of the state might recognize the name of the film’s promoter. Garry Harrington, now of Colorado Springs, hails from Saxtons River, Vt., attended Bellows Falls Union High School and St. Michael’s College, and was sports editor at the Brattleboro Reformer.

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

    Contact Darren by email at darren@darrenmarcy.com or at www.DarrenMarcy.com.
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