By Douglas Hare EBS Staff

The Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) returns to Big Sky Thursday, March 24 at the Lone Peak Cinema, with two showings at 5 and 8 p.m. Now in its 10th year, the F3T features nine of the finest fly-fishing short films from around the world.

“The independent filmmakers behind each F3T submission continue to raise the bar,” said tour spokesperson Ryan Thompson.

“From the hunt for the world’s largest brook trout to the pursuit of billfish on the fly, gargantuan pike, acrobatic Golden Dorado, ferocious GTs and herculean [British Columbia] steelhead these films showcase remarkable places, larger-than-life characters and fish that will haunt your dreams,” according to the F3T website.

“Finding Fontinalis” follows a native Montanan as he chases brook trout deep in the Patagonian backcountry of South America. “The Scandinavian Way” takes a humorous look at the differences between European and American anglers as they both try to wrangle wily trout in the Treasure State. “Chanos Chanos” offers a glimpse into how to catch the elusive milkfish in the flats of the Indian Ocean’s Seychelles.

From exploring Bolivian jungles with a fly rod, and pursuing the carnivorous tiger fish on the Zambezi

Brook trout in Patagonia from “Finding Fontinalis,” one of nine films selected for the 2015 F3T. PHOTO BY BRYAN GREGSON

Brook trout in Patagonia from “Finding Fontinalis,” one of nine films selected for the 2015 F3T. PHOTO BY BRYAN GREGSON.

River, to pike fishing in Saskatchewan, the lineup for this year’s F3T promises to take viewers to some magnificent settings in search of the perfect cast.

Regardless of the exotic locales, the F3T features some of the finest angling cinematography available anywhere.

F3T continues to partner with charities and local conservation organizations around North America, and raised more than $350,000 during the 2015 tour. Proceeds from the Big Sky event will go to the Gallatin River Task Force, a local nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of the Upper Gallatin River watershed.

Tickets for the Fly Fishing Film Tour are available at Gallatin River Guides, Grizzly Outfitters, Eastslope Outdoors, Lone Mountain Ranch and Lone Peak Cinema. Previews of this year’s films can be found on the F3T website at flyfilmtour.com.