Friday Film Festival 03.04.11

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Welcome to another edition of the Friday Film Fest, in which we scour the Internets for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week’s videos run the gamut from winter bull trout on the Metolius to 1950s-era double-haul lessons to urban angling in Norway. Enjoy!

A River for Christmas (Director’s cut) from Joel La Follette on Vimeo.

I’ve always heard that the Metolius River in Oregon is a very difficult fishery, but Joel La Follette heads out on a winter day and lands some gorgeous bull trout. The idea that there are places where you can walk out your back door to fish a river that beautiful and productive is mind-blowing.

Spring Creek Fly fishing from Jeremiah Hamilton on Vimeo.

This is footage shot by someone testing out a new camera, but he does a wonderful job of capturing the magic of a mountain brook-trout stream. The clarity of focus on strikes in the second half of the video is a joy to behold. 

Desert Bass from RA Beattie on Vimeo.

We’re big RA Beattie fans around here, and this video distills the whole process of filmmaking down to its essence: just the angler, his camera, his dog, and some beautiful bass. Shot at a stunning location on Lake Powell in Utah, this film makes me want to tie up some sliders.

Another cool piece of archival footage, this time from Dr. Todd Larson. “In 1956 Garcia; the exclusive distributor for Mitchell Reels in North America made three demonstration films to help teach people how to fish with a fly reel, an ABU 5000 bait caster and how to use their Mitchell 300 spinning reel fish. The instructor in these films is Johnny Dieckman, the World Casting Champion!” There are some great shots of the double haul that will help anyone struggling with the timing and the motion.

Dave and Amelia Jensen, owners of Fly Fish Alberta, travel to New Zealand each winter. This film shows why. I don’t know about you, but I never get tired of watching giant, wild brown trout take dry flies off the surface.

The guys at Jazz and Fly Fishing have a unique and humorous perspective on the sport, but while they attempt to be cool and ironic, there’s no hiding Håvard’s glee at hooking a large trout in the middle of a public park in downtown Oslo. And when that trout gets away, he becomes a man obsessed.

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