The International Fly Fishing Film Festival, or IF4, will return to the Kenai Peninsula on Monday for the annual fundraiser put on by the local chapter of Trout Unlimited. The festival, and a silent auction, will be held at Main Street Tap & Grill starting at 5 p.m.
Dave Atcheson, a member of the Kenai Peninsula Chapter of Trout Unlimited, said Monday that the annual event is an opportunity for local anglers to gather at the end of the busy summer season, catch up on the year’s fishing, and check out what’s happening in the wider community.
The festival features nine short films, and Atcheson said they provide windows into fishing opportunities that folks maybe haven’t considered, as well as portrayals of trips that anglers might never get the chance to experience.
Across the nine films, he said, there’s always something to grab people’s attention.
In addition to the films, Atcheson said the silent auction will feature a variety of fishing gear donated by local businesses including Sweeney’s, Soldotna Trustworthy Hardware and Fishing, Wilderness Way, Sportsman’s Warehouse and Walmart. There will also be metal art by local artists Jacob Nabholz and Jacob Keisling. At the bar, a special themed brew will be available from Kenai River Brewing.
All proceeds from the event go to furthering the projects of the local chapter of Trout Unlimited. Atcheson said that includes a return of the kid’s camp that debuted earlier this year, continued work on their stream surveying collaboration with the Kenai Watershed Forum, and other forms of outreach and education.
Films will start at 6 p.m., and will wrap up around 9 p.m., Atcheson said.
For a complete list of films, visit flyfilmfest.com/films. Tickets to the festival cost $12, and can be purchased online through a link on the Facebook page for “Trout Unlimited Kenai Peninsula Chapter.” Tickets can also be purchased at the door on the day of.
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