Friday Film Festival 03.18.11

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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 an expedition to wild Mongolia, some Swedish dry-fly action, and a trip to the Land Down Under the Land Down Under (and no, I’m not repeating myself). Enjoy!

Wild Mongolia “The River Time Forgot” from Mikey Wier on Vimeo.

In Monday’s “In the Loop” post, I expressed that I might be a teensy bit jealous of Mikey Weir, on account of how he gets to travel the world and cast for incredible fish. Well, here he is again, this time in deepest Mongolia as part of a diverse group of anglers. Another face in this crowd is Jeff Currier, who wrote for me some when I was at American Angler. He’s another guy who can spin yarns about the places he’s seen and fished. Anyway, the rich get richer, as they say, and the gorgeous taimen in this video are evidence of that.

Spring is actually in the air around here, and we can actually see some grass after several months of total snow cover. That means the first hatches can’t be far away. This video of a dry-fly angler in Sweden shows how everything is supposed to work: you spot the fish, plan the approach, amke the right cast the first time, and the fish takes. Things don’t usually go that smoothly, but when they do, it’s a joy to behold.

Redfish and Drum from RA Beattie on Vimeo.

We’re big fans of RA Beattie’s films. He seems to capture the excitement and beauty of fly fishing, without forgetting the little moments on the water when you see a raccoon or the graceful flight of an egret. This video of casting for redfish will have you smelling the salt and marsh.

One of the places I have fished abroad is Tasmania, the island off the southern coast of the Australian mainland. (You can see my story about that trip here.) It’s an amazing place, containing many different ecosystems and fisheries, and there are loads of double-digit trout in high-country lakes and lowland rivers.

remembering from faceless fly fishing on Vimeo.

One cast. This video spends more time showing us the preparations for fishing than it takes the angler to hook into a beautiful rainbow. According to the filmmaker’s remarks on the video, after he landed the fish he reeled up and went home. One cast, one gorgeous trout.

The person who put together this film on steelheading in British Columbia clearly felt the need to use every effect in his editing program, but the results are cool. It’s kind of a “regular guy” steelheading experience, without the majestic soaring peaks and gorgeous landscape that have become de rigeur. Nope, these are just some anglers chasing steel where they can find it.

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