Friday Film Festival 01.27.12

Welcome to another edition of the Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week’s collection debuts some locations and species we’ve never featured before. Ever wondered if there is catch-and-release fly fishing for rainbows in North Africa? Well, your answer is below. (Hint: yes.) Learn how to thrill and mystify your friends by using “morwong” in a sentence. And, of course, enjoy unbelievable scenery, great fishing action, a healthy dose of humor, and more. You might even learn something about how to correctly launch a boat. Remember, we surf so you don’t have to. But if you do stumble upon something great that you think is worthy of inclusion in a future FFF, please post it in the comments below. See you next week with a fresh set of films!

About to freak this – frontsidefly from Rolf Nylinder on Vimeo.

We kick things off with the latest from Rolf and the boys at Frontsidefly, as they chase a big mayfly hatch. As usual, the video is a mixture of great angling action, plenty of fun, and good music.

I love The Bahamas, and this short video does a great job of capturing the experience of stalking the flats for bonefish. It’s a trailer for something called “The Get Lost Project,” which is still somewhat shrouded in mystery. We’ll let you know more when we figure it all out.

A Road to Nowhere from Scott Gibney on Vimeo.

Rarely have fly fishing and Talking Heads been combined so perfectly. Shot in the Madison River Valley, this video seeks to encompass all that’s great about a fishing trip to Montana.

The Blue Lagoon from Leith'l on Vimeo.

I love featuring new locations and new species, and this video is a twofer, as we follow a couple of anglers in search of morwong in western Australia. Never heard of a morwong? Me neither. But when you see the dude land it, you’ll understand why it was worth the effort. A little Led Zep is never a bad idea, as well.

Speaking of far-flung, unusual destinations, how about a little rainbow-trout fishing in Morocco? Above the city of Azrou, in the Middle Atlas Mountains, lies a special catch-and-release trout lake. Who knew?

From North Africa, we head north to Norway, where the scenery is a little more familiar, while also being spectacular. The fishing looks great, as well.

Downstream Vol. 2 ~ Chrome Highlights from Mad Fisher Media on Vimeo.

Here’s some cool steelheading footage from southern Ontario. Up there in Canada, they like their fishing cold, their guides frozen, and their flies swung, apparently.

April 19th on the Kickapoo from 44beyondfilm on Vimeo.

Wisconsin’s Driftless Area gets plenty of press, but it’s usually focused on the hatches produced by the region’s unique streams. Here’s some early-spring subsurface action, featuring some winter weather, on the Kickapoo.

JACKSNIPPET from h2obonefishing on Vimeo.

Catching jacks on a fly is a blast, even if the fish doesn’t enjoy the prestige of bonefish or permit. Even a small jack will put a serious bend in your rod and peel off all your fly line.

Be a Hero- Fly Fishing the Blue River from Nolan Bluntzer on Vimeo.

Here’s a great self-shot video by guide Nolan Bluntzer, fishing Colorado’s Blue River with his dog. I love these one-fish vignettes.

We end, as usual lately, with an episode of The New Fly Fisher, this one hosted by Phil Rowley (a recent guest on Tom’s podcast). This time, Phil is chasing pike and walleye on the North Saskatchewan River. There’s even a boat-launching lesson. Have a great weekend!

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