Friday Film Festival 03.02.12

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 has quite an international flavor, as we cover most of the continents: tigerfish in Africa, blue wolf fish in South America, browns and grayling in Europe, and of course plenty from North America (especially Canada). Strangely, no big winners from New Zealand appeared; let’s hope it’s a brief lull in the action from our Kiwi filmmaking friends.

Since we didn’t get many comments about problems on mobile phones and iPads last week, I’m assuming that the vast majority of folks have been viewing the videos without a hitch. Technology is our friend! 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!

Love Flyfishing. Volume One. from Jah Raven Creation on Vimeo.

Here’s a fantastic collage of scenes from the past three years of fishing in and around southwestern Alberta and in British Columbia’s East and West Kootenays. Sometimes the edits are a little too quick for my taste, but overall this is a great collection of scenes. There’s also more ink in this video than we’ve seen in a long time. Good to see hardcore anglers who break the mold.

FlyCastaway Tigerfish Exploratory from FlyCastaway on Vimeo.

Getting to the Zambezi doesn’t look like a lot of fun, and the malaria risk is obviously something to consider, but once you’re on the water, the amazing tigerfish makes it all seem worth it, I’m sure. The fish shown here have serious shoulders and fight like they’re born angry.

Tampa Bay Redfish on Fly from FishbuzzTV on Vimeo.

Oh to be out at daybreak and see a patch of nervous water moving toward you. There aren’t a lot of “eats” captured here, but I like the release shots.

Josh Gallivan / Fly Fishing Guide from Eric Wolfinger on Vimeo.

I assume that this video is an advertisement for a fly-fishing guide, but he’s certainly gone above and beyond to produce something gorgeous. Visit his website, and you’ll quickly learn to hate this guy for living the life you dream of. At 24, he’s traveling the world with a fly rod and guiding at Jack Dennis in Jackson Hole. Worst of all, he seems like a really nice guy. Grrr.

Regular FFF viewers are aware of my dream to travel to Norway to fish for salmon, grayling, and brown trout, and here’s another reason why. You don’t have to speak the language to understand what a great time these guys are having.

Blue Wolf Fish – Tararira Azul – Fly dreamers from Fly dreamers on Vimeo.

Here’s another new fly-caught species for the FFF! Filmed in Uruguay, near the border with Brazil, this video features an angler chasing the wily tararira azul (Hoplias malabaricus).

We’ve featured the work of The Humble Fisherman before, but this one has an extra element of adventure. Hiking deep into the mountains of Alberta to fish a particular plunge pool, the anglers find what they’re looking for: big bull trout.

Our lone tarpon video this week comes from Cuba. The quality of the video is not the greatest, but there are cool hookups, and some great jumps on display. I love the sound that a leaping tarpon makes.

Þurrfluguveiði í Laxárdalnum from Ari Jafetsson on Vimeo.

It’s not every day that you find a video of fly fishing in Iceland that uses American hair metal as the soundtrack. There’s not much scenery, but the quality of the brown trout makes up for it. From what I can tell, this is the Laxa River.

what I’ve learned about flyfishing from Daniel Baggenstos on Vimeo.

We finish up with a video that’s both great to watch and has a powerful message. What would you add to Daniel’s list? Have a great weekend!

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