Friday Film Festival 04.01.11

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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. It may be April Fool’s Day, but the FFF is not something we fool around with. This week’s collection takes you from Canada’s Skeena River for steelhead, to the Florida Keys for tarpon, and across the Pond to France for largemouth bass(?). Plus, there’s dancing. Enjoy!

Hollywood Rainbows from Ivan Orsic on Vimeo.

Ah, Montana! Scenic traffic lights, sweeping apartment complexes, and majestic vistas of highway overpasses. Wait…what? This film, shot in downtown Missoula, may not be the view of Big Sky Country we’re accustomed to, but it still features those beautiful trout. Which serves as just another reason to ask yourself, “Why don’t I live in Montana?” Unless you do live there, in which case this is just another opportunity for you to gloat.

Meanwhile, far to the south, tarpon cruise the warm waters of the Florida Keys, and lucky anglers get to chase these giant herrings with flies. This film features one of the best close-ups of a tarpon “eat” I’ve ever seen. The fish isn’t very big, but you get to watch it chase the fly, turn on it, and open that prehistoric-looking mouth to inhale its prey. Then, of course, it’s game on.

HD Ultimate Black bass fly fishing from COX on Vimeo.

Before I started posting these FFFs, I had no idea that French anglers had access to good largemouth-bass waters, but this is the second video about Le Bucketmouth we’ve posted. There’s lot of great underwater footage, some nice strikes, and the production company’s name is a happy accident, given today’s date.

Steelheaders would have us believe that they are lone wolves, braving the elements, endlessly casting with nothing but hope spurring them on, and suffering for every fish brought to hand. But this video, shot on Canada’s famed Skeena River, sure does make it look fun, featuring gorgeous cinematography, plenty of beautiful fish, and lots of happy anglers.

You’ve traveled thousands of miles to make it to the jungles of South America in search of peacock bass, yet strangely you haven’t brought enough flies. What do you do? If you’re Kathryn, you go to great personal lengths to improvise…with explosive results.

belize fly fishing from kevin jurgens on Vimeo.

There’s lots I could say about this promotional film: that it shows amazing schools of permit and bonefish, captures the camaraderie of a trip with your buddies, etc. But for me, what makes this film special is the dancing. Yes, it’s the dancing.

Peacock Bass from Gabe Lopez on Vimeo.

Finally, we have a film that proves you don’t have to travel to another country to find great peacock-bass fishing. This film about chasing peacocks in Florida canals makes the game look pretty fun: casting flies right onto the bank, stripping once or twice, and then BAM!

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