Friday Film Festival 04.06.12

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 might contain some of the most gorgeous footage ever seen here. If you haven’t got a lot of time, skip right to the final video, Peter Laurelli’s 35-minute wrap-up of his 2011 saltwater season, which is truly fantastic—especially when you consider that it’s all self-shot. But there’s plenty more worth your time, as well, from such far-flung locations as the Faroe Islands, Latvia, and Iceland. And, of course, there’s great stuff from the American West, as their season gets underway. For some reason, we’ve hardly seen any great video from the Southern Hemisphere this winter, especially from New Zealand. We know they must be catching great fish down there, but where’s the dang video? C’mon, Kiwis, step it up. See you next week with a fresh set of films!

Best of Flyfishing from Zion Pictures on Vimeo.

We kick things off with a gorgeous video sampler from Zion Pictures, an outfit from Colorado Springs. Don’t know much about them, but this short video contains some stunning, beautifully shot trout goodness. The moving camera, great lighting, and crystal-clear underwater footage are tough to beat.

This video is three years old, which normally means that it would get rejected during my weekly FFF search. But I’d somehow missed it and was blown away by how great it is. From the epic feel to the great angling action and fabulous scenery, it’s kind of got it all. I guess it’s a trailer for a DVD, which I could find only on Danish websites. Anyway, just killer stuff.

Spring Green from BLOODKNOTS on Vimeo.

I’ve fished the Green River through Flaming Gorge just once, about a dozen years ago, but I remember thinking I might never see as many trout again in my life. This video combines some great music with footage from some late March floats.

East End Lodge 2012 from chase hancock on Vimeo.

This is an advertisement for a lodge, but aside from the billboards at the front and back ends, the rest is just great flats action from The Bahamas. Having just gotten skunked on bones in the Florida Keys, I’m dreaming of getting back to The Bahamas soon.

By know, you know how much I love introducing videos from new countries into the FFF, and here’s an entry from The Republic of Latvia. It’s got a little bit of everything—trout, pike, grayling—and I think the filmmaker said it best when he wrote, “Именно нахлыстовики ввели понятие “поймал – отпусти” и это первый героический шаг для сохранения природы!” I’m sure you couldn’t agree more, right?

Fly Fishing Bighorn River Spring 2012 | Fly Fishing Big Horn River Montana from In The Riffle on Vimeo.

Ladies and gentlemen, introducing NETCAM! Here’s some cool footage from the Bighorn shot by a GoPro strapped to a net (I assume), and the results are pretty darned cool.

Winter In The Valley from Silver Creek Outfitters on Vimeo.

Winter is almost over in most of the country, but there are still plenty of opportunities for snow in the mountains. This video from Idaho paints a pretty picture of cold-weather angling.

Small Stream, Big Trout from Jason du Pont on Vimeo.

Last week, we posted Jason du Pont’s excellent video about the growth of didymo in his local water, Maryland’s Gunpowder River. This is much more fun, with some sweet fish from Montana spring creeks.

Jolly gaytimes of fishing from on Vimeo.

Frankly, who doesn’t enjoy “jolly gaytimes of fishing?” Straight outta Sweden, this video features rock ‘n’ roll, very cool underwater shots, and plenty of big Scandinavian trout. But wait! There’s more! Would you believe Engelbert Humperdinck?

The After Work Special from Yukon Goes Fishing on Vimeo.

Ah Yukon, how do you do it? For someone getting a graduate degree and, apparently, working, the kid churns out an astonishing number of quality videos. I like the little extra “special effects” in this one.

This is not the world’s most exciting video, but the setting is spectacular. Shot on Sandoy, the southernmost of the Faroe Islands, it features stunning vistas, some nice trout, and even a bit of scientific research via fish tagging. You can skip the parts that are in Danish, if you wish.


In case you are wondering, here is where you’ll find the Faroe Islands.

photo via Google Maps

Reds “Out Front” from Ganesh Chatani on Vimeo.

This video features some nice redfish caught in the surf, which is something I haven’t seen before. It’s all just GoPro-shot, but it offers an interesting take on the redfish game.

You gotta admire a guy who posts a video of his failures, especially since scenes like this never happen to guys like us, right? (ahem) RIGHT? (high five!)

Surf & Inshore Fly Fishing 2011 from Peter Laurelli on Vimeo.

Finally, we featured the teaser for Peter Laurelli’s 2011 highlight reel last week, but here’s the full feature. It’s long, but weel worth it. His work continues to impress, and we’re already excited for what he’ll produce in 2012. Have a great weekend!

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