Friday Film Festival 05.04.12

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 got it all: freshwater and saltwater, warmwater and coldwater, big fish and little fish. It’s quite a global collection, as well, with videos from the waters of Africa, Southeast Asia, Europe, New Zealand, Japan, our friendly neighbors to the north, and the good ol’ U.S of A. As you enjoy great angling footage, you’ll also learn some things about North American geography, the sea-run version of the whitespotted char, topwater fishing for smallmouths. It’s a full-service FFF! and 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!

Stefan, from, escaped the Scandinavian winter for a short jaunt to New Zealand, and this short video offers some sweet footage of big trout and gorgeous scenery.

If you’re only going to catch one fish in a day, make it a good one. This bull trout was certainly worth many hours of fruitless casting.

Our own Christine Penn headed down to South Carolina to chase redfish and ran into some lousy weather, which finally broke. Here’s some footage of a fine specimen she caught on a golden morning.

Here’s a fishing video that comes with a geography lesson about North America’s scrub steppe habitat. But it’s the beautiful trout that really matter.

This is a cool trailer for an upcoming film about a fishing expedition to Bassas Da India, a remote underwater volcano that rises up steeply from the depths of the Mozambique Channel. It’s not all fly fishing, but the action is spectacular for a variety of saltwater species (some of which I can’t identify).

Fall fishing on Russia’s Umba River is tough to beat for Atlantic salmon, and this montage captures some of the best reasons you’d be required to celebrate with a shot of vodka.

Here’s a first attempt at making a fly-fishing video by my friend Ben Pierce in Bozeman. I expect big things from him if this Madison River footage is what he can do first time out.

Ever since I saw a BBC documentary in which famed British angler John Bailey went in search of mahseer in India, I’ve been fascinated by the species. This video from northern Thailand features the blue members of the mahseer family.

The Salmon River near Pulaski, New York, is no doubt a world-class fishery, but it can also be overcrowded. However, this video manages to focus on what’s really important: the steelhead.

New species alert! This is one big female cobia to handle on a fly rod, and it takes this angler almost an hour and a half to land it on a sandbar off Hilton Head, South Carolina. Luckily, someone edited the fight down to 4 minutes.

This documentary-style video focuses on a young angler from Idaho and features plenty of great fish action and beautiful scenery. Plus, you might learn something.

I love it when I stumble on a fishery I never knew existed. Here, anglers chase sea-run whitespotted char (Salvelinus leucomaenis leucomaenis), called Iwana in Japanese.

For me, this one is all about the music. Sure, the footage of Tenkara fishing in Wisconsin’s Driftless Region is cool, but I’ve been a fan of obscure band The Rural Alberta Advantage for some time. A nice surprise to find a fly-fishing video using the band for a soundtrack.

In this week’s episode of The New Fly Fisher, the boys are after smallmouth bass in Ontario. There’s some great topwater action and some serious hog smallies here. Have a great weekend!

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