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Sure, you like ski porn, but how many of you salivate at the thought of fishing porn? Are you the kind of guy or gal that needs "hot fish on fly action that will make you want to throw your push pull"?

If so, you'll want to cast your dirty senses on the locally produced movie Black Tailed Devils, which follows a crew of fishers as they set out on the Florida Keys in wild pursuit of the permit fish. It screens on Friday at the Wilma Theatre as part of the 2011 Fly Fishing Film Tour, which offers a multitude of films sure to hook novice fly fishers and pros alike. Other scaly offerings include Speed, Muscle & Teeth, which follows one man's zeal for catching and releasing the mako shark, and his interest in protecting it. You'll also want to peep Red Like Winter, a flick that was filmed in December in the Louisiana Marsh and is about catching monster redfish. So go ahead and take the bait, I know you want to.

The 2011 Fly Fishing Film Tour hits the Wilma Theatre Fri., Feb. 25, at 7 PM. $14/$12 advance at Grizzly Hackle, the Missoulian Angler and The Kingfisher. Visit flyfishingfilmtour.com.

click to enlarge PHOTO BY CHAD HARDER

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 24

Throw your support behind some local stewards when The Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation presents its fifth annual Winter Gathering and Fundraiser, which features a silent auction, wine/beer, appetizers, plus a keynote address from Bill Moore, son of the late Bud Moore, from 6:30–9:30 PM at the Downtown Dance Collective, 121 W. Main St. Free. Visit selwaybitterroot.org.

Dig into "Stories in Rock & Ice: Geology and Climate Change in Glacier National Park," a presentation with Paul Rappaport, field camp director for the Glacier Institute, which begins at 6:30 PM at REI Missoula, 3275 N. Reserve St. Ste. K-2. Free. Visit rei.com/missoula to RSVP.

Paddle yourself into an evening with adventurer Susan Conrad during "Oceans of Uncertainty–A Sea of Revelations," a presentation with Conrad about her recently completed 1,110 mile solo sea kayak trip through the "Inside Passage" of British Columbia and Alaska, starting at 7 PM in Room 210 of UM's McGill Hall. Free. Call 243-5172.

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 26

Middle schoolers glide with grace and not angst during a middle school cross country ski day at Lubrecht Forest, sponsored by Missoula Children and Nature and others, which features the chance to learn how to ski along with winter survival skills, starting with a meet-up at 9:30 AM at the northwest corner of the Adam's Center parking lot. Free. RSVP by Feb. 24 by calling Ian at 396-9562.

Prepare for flight as alpine skiers hit a jump that shoot them as far as 200 feet during the Snowbowl Cup Gelande Championship, which occurs today and tomorrow around 10 AM each day at Montana Snowbowl and bestows winners with an $8,000 cash prize. Registration is due Fri., Feb. 25, and participants must be certified to compete. Spectators are welcome. Soar over to montanasnowbowl.com or call 549-9777 for details.

Hang with some adventurers when the Montana Natural History Center (MNHC), 120 Hickory St., hosts the Outdoor Explorers Mentoring Program kickoff celebration, which features the chance to learn more about the program and participate in an outdoor activity, from 11 AM–1 PM. Free. Call 327-0405.

Don't chortle too hard or you might slip on an icy patch during the Snow Joke Marathon, featuring one 13.1 mile lap around Seeley Lake on plowed roads. Registration is on race-day only from 8:45 to 10:30 a.m. $10/$5 under age 20. Get the punch line at cheetahherders.com.

Do your part to support local stream conservation projects, among other things, during the WestSlope Chapter of Trout Unlimited's annual banquet and silent auction, which begins with a silent auction at 6 PM, followed by dinner at 7, and finishing off with a live auction at 8, all at the Hilton Garden Inn, 3720 N. Reserve St. $50, with tickets at Grizzly Hackle, Kesel's Four Rivers Fly Shop, Kingfisher and the Missoulian Angler. Visit westslopetu.org.

Soar into a day of avian ogling when the Five Valleys Audubon Society hosts a full-day birding field trip in the Mission Valley, starting with a meet-up at 8 AM at the Adams Center parking lot, or at 9 AM at the Cenex Gas Station in Ronan. Free. Visit fvamissoula.org.

TUESDAY MARCH 1

Do the slide and glide, and get one heck of a workout, when you register today for the UM Outdoor Program's Beginner Cross-Country Skiing class, which covers basic techniques and includes a ski outing on March 5. $30, includes instruction, rentals and transportation. RSVP required by March 1 by calling 243-5172.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 2

Go the rocky route when UM's Outdoor Program hosts a basic mountaineering class, which includes an intro to the activity, along with info on trip planning, gear, anchors, rope travel and more, starting with a pre-trip meeting today at 6 PM in the Outdoor Program, in UM's Fitness and Recreation Center. A field trip occurs March 5. $50. Register by Feb. 28 by calling 243-5172.

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