Local Waters Part 1: Presented by the National Sporting Library & Museum and Buchanan Hall in Partnership with Orvis®

The NSLM is excited to once again host the International Fly-Fishing Film Festival (IF4) as part of our Local Waters partnership with Buchanan Hall presented by Orvis®. Local Waters is a two-part summer event series of fly-fishing festivities which includes the showing of IF4 at the NSLM on Sunday, July 30th and a Fly-Fishing Field Day at Buchanan Hall on Saturday, August 12th.Tickets are available for the two events separately or as a bundle, and may be purchased online, in person at NSLM, or at the Buchanan Hall Farmer’s Market. Join today to enjoy the NSLM member special rate!

            IF4 NSLM Member Ticket: Free!

            IF4 Non-member Ticket: $10

           Casting Lesson with Orvis at Buchanan Hall: $10

           NSLM Member Bundle (Film Festival and guaranteed casting lesson spot at Buchanan Hall): $10

           Non-member Bundle (Film Festival and guaranteed casting lesson spot at Buchanan Hall): $15

           Children under 16 are free


Part 1: Sunday, July 30 |2:00 pm

International Fly-Fishing Film Festival (IF4)

National Sporting Library & Museum, Middleburg

Founded in 2011, The International Fly-Fishing Film Festival or IF4 is an inclusive and far-reaching fly-fishing film event. Consisting of short and feature-length films produced by professional filmmakers from all corners of the globe, the IF4 showcases the passion, lifestyle, and culture of fly-fishing. The films have captured the attention of anglers around the world.

The 2023 IF4 films to be presented are:

  • Jacks “Over the last 20 years, a steady stream of adventurous anglers have been traveling to the most remote places on the planet in search of big predatory fish called giant trevally or GTs. Advancements in gear and collective knowledge have made it possible for anglers to take on these aggressive fish, catapulting them into the limelight, and now they’re taking the angling world by storm. But what if you didn’t have to travel to the most remote locations in the world to chase fish like this? What if we told you a similar species haunts many saltwater destinations around North America? In this short film, we take you on a comparative deep dive into a truly remarkable species just as noteworthy. Welcome to the world of JACKS.” Filmmakers: Jako Lucas and RA Beattie
  • Of The Sea “Erick Alamilla, grew up in Xcalak, Mexico while his Dad lived 30 miles off the coast on an atoll, Banco Chinchorro, working as a commercial fisherman. The atoll, part of a Mexican Reserve, is greatly protected. After years of wanting to explore the area, Erick (with the help of his brother, Toby) and lodge owner, Jesse Colten, receive a green light from the authorities for a two-day exploratory fly-fishing trip. This new film from Meris McHaney, tells the tale of one of the best gifts that life has to offer: special places and moments that bring us together.” Filmmaker: Meris McHaney
  • Crouching Tiger Hidden Damsel “No two fish eat a fly the same way, and no hatch is the same one day after the next. Take for example one of the most predictable hatches each year, the damselfly hatch. For years Gilbert Rowley and Nic Heslop had brushed off the fabled rumors of a high mountain lake home to oversized tiger trout and a prolific damsel hatch. Decades of fishing for this hatch on dozens of other lakes had them believing they had experienced all this hatch has to offer. However, as is often the case in fly fishing, it turns out they were wrong, way wrong. But this time their incorrect assumptions didn’t bother them. Because you never know when a good hatch will turn to great, or even epic. “Filmmaker: Capture Adventure Media
  • Father Nature “The Turner family has guided the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park for over 100 years. Like all of us who go to the river and mountains with fly rod in hand, it's hard to come back to the same person. Wild places forever change us - imbedding a deep and spiritual reverence for things greater than ourselves. This western idea was the underpinnings to one of America’s best inventions - the National Park System. This is their story - a family’s blessing to work, live, and share one of the most beautiful river corridors anywhere in the world. A gift that has instilled an even greater passion to protect things “wild” for many generations to come.” Filmmaker: Love Affair Creative
  • A Slam the SavesDeep in the foothills of the Appalachians, there are four species of bass found nowhere else on Earth. The Coosa, Cahaba, Warrior, and Tallapoosa bass are all genetically distinct, environmentally imperiled bass in dire need of help. And thankfully, a community has rallied around them with a unique idea. Instead of gating off the species, why not champion them? Why not create a new grand slam in fly fishing for the sake of a national treasure? Join Matt Lewis and Mary Beth Meeks as they attempt to catch a “Redeye Slam” in one day.” Filmmaker: Dorsal Outdoors
  • Dollar Dog “Just as Atlantic salmon return home to Cape Breton’s storied Margaree River year after year, anglers from all over are drawn to its banks. With public water, this river boasts a world-class fishery that is accessible to everyone. Dollar Dog tells the story of the most unlikely of fish bums – Ella. A four-legged vagabond whose love for Atlantic salmon rivals that of her waded counterparts. A tale of the place and the fish, from which legends are born.” Filmmaker: Tim Myers
  • The Focus “The Focus follows three anglers who revisit a remote mountain stream from their youth. As they explore these deep canyons in the Utah desert, they find variations of trout that thrive in the winter runoff. This landscape provides a unique fishing experience to be remembered, but also an opportunity to reflect on bigger concepts that matter the most.” Filmmaker: Conner Blake Media
  • Chesapeake- A Love Letter to a Watershed The Braker brothers grew up in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. While they were shaped and inspired by the landscapes and environments that make up the watershed, they always wondered exactly what it was that made this place so special. After creating an award-winning short film about the Chesapeake Bay called "A Journey Upstream," Fly Fishers International reached out and challenged the brothers to take the journey further. So, they grabbed their fly rods, camera gear, and climbed into an old campervan named the "Green Machine." Their adventure was underway. Over 1,000 miles, 7 days, and 1 watershed.” Filmmaker: The Braker Bros.
  • Gold Fever “In 2022, an epic adventure from Helmut Zaderer and Black Fly Eyes to explore undiscovered water for giants in the Amazon jungle. In the "Serranía Moseten" region of Bolivia there are numerous tributaries that have never seen a fly. These waters are pure and this fly-fishing film documents an exploratory adventure to fish for the powerful golden dorado.”

Film Trailers Link: Films - International Fly Fishing Film Festival® (flyfilmfest.com)


Part 2: Saturday, August 12| 11:00 am — 2:00 pm

Fly-Fishing Field Day

Buchanan Hall, Upperville

Buchanan Hall’s second annual Fly-Fishing Field Day is returning on Saturday, August 12, from 11 am - 2 pm. This family-friendly event is perfect for folks of all skill levels and will feature hands-on opportunities, including free casting lessons from Orvis and fly tying and knot instruction with Trout Unlimited Rapidan Chapter! Stick around for food and fellowship with other water enthusiasts! Local ice cream, food trucks, and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. 

Area non-profits will be tabling, sharing opportunities to explore our local waters and land that makes the Piedmont an unparalleled place to live (and fish!). The event is $10/adult, and youth are free, with all funds going to support Buchanan Hall, a 501c3 non-profit. Or, double the fun for $15/adult if you choose to bundle Buchanan Hall’s Fly-Fishing Field Day & the International Fly-Fishing Film Festival at the National Sporting Library and Museum on July 30 (savings of $5/person)! Every participant is entered into a raffle that will be drawn at the event.

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