Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week’s collection is light on the saltwater action, but it more than makes up for this with fantastic Atlantic-salmon footage from Canada’s Gaspe Peninsula and Newfoundland. At the other end of the spectrum are a couple of small-stream (and small trout) videos that focus more on the experience. A couple of western Montana adventures and a trip to southern Argentina’s Jurassic Lake round out the selection. 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!
Our friend Ivan, of Yukon Goes Fishing, goes all B&W on us this week, as he floats down Montana’s Bitterroot River with some Buddies. Looks like they managed to streamer-up some nice trout, and the dog seems to have had a good time, as well.
The first scenes of this video involve a guy filming himself while bonefishing, which isn’t an easy task. You’ve got to pole the boat, spot the fish, and then go catch it, all while running the camera. It becomes a two-man team later, and there’s plenty of great flats action. Warning: Some NSFW language at the end.
The southern Appalachians fish well throughout the winter, as long as there’s no deep freeze. This North Carolina angler enjoys small-stream action for what look to be wild browns.
Steve Hoovler has been guiding around West Yellowstone, Montana, for years, so it’s no surprise that he knows where the trout and grayling live. But he’s also got a great eye for framing each shot that makes this video enjoyable to watch, even when there are no fish in it.
Atlantic salmon fans will certainly dig this video from Eastern Canada’s Gaspe Peninsula. These anglers clearly know what they’re doing with both the fly rods and the camera, for they’ve captured several fantastic strikes and hookupsnot an easy task when you’re casting for such an elusive fish.
It’s no secret that I love small-stream fishing, so this film from the mountains of Colorado is right up my alley. What could be better than casting dry flies along a grassy bank for brookies? The occasional big brown doesn’t hurt, either.
We’ve all seen pictures and video of the monster trout of Argentina’s Lago Strobel (a. k. a. Jurassic Lake). But this video also does a great job of capturing the often-harsh conditions that angler must endure to catch these giants. (By the way, there’s a relatively new Orvis-endorsed lodge on Lago Strobel. Click here for more information.)
We end with another episode of The New Fly Fisher, shot in western Newfoundland. Host Colin McKeown has a little trouble hooking up. Do you think his luck will change? Have a great weekend!