Friday Film Festival 05.18.12

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 is very “tarpony,” for all you saltwater lovers out there. But we’ve also got some killer trout-fishing films, too, with all but one from North America. After such heavy doeses of Europe in recent months, this seems like Old Home Day. Sure, we start off with some Slovenian beauty footage, but after that, it’s all about the good ol’ USA, Canada, and Mexico. (Okay, there’s one from Cuba, too.) Someday, we’ll hear from our New Zealand friends; let’s just hope they’re sequestered in front of their Macs, toiling away on Final Cut Pro. 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!

We kick things off with a killer trailer for a video shot in Slovenia, featuring beautiful scenery and some great fishing shots.

I’m a big fan of these compilation videos that combine footage from many different trips. It helps if there’s stunning scenery, as evident here from Colorado’s high country.

Here’s a woman who likes to watch big fish eat. Some cool slo-mo tarpon thrashing in this one.

Montana (or as the videographers announce so coolly, “the 406”) is the place to be in spring.

Here’s a Mexican adventure that features a grand slam, and a Van Hagar sountrack for all you hipsters out there.

I spend all winter slaying mice in my basement, but I’d much rather drown a few fake ones in search of big brown trout, like this guy does.

We are finding more and more videos by young angler/filmmakers, and it’s a heartening trend. This Canadian young man is at a milestone point in his life, and he’s realizing just how important fishing is to him. This was done for a school project. I hope he got an “A.”.

AS you all know, I love small-stream fishing, and here’s some fast action from the Mogollon Rim of Arizona. (By the way, apparently, it’s pronounced “muggy-own.”)

Sometimes it seems like fly-fishing for carp is the coolest part of the sport. Who doesn’t want to catch double-digit fish that pull hard? But I think some folks are still scared to touch these slimy buggers.

Here’s some more Mexico tarpon action, with a little reptilian wildlife thrown in for good measure. Casting for baby tarpon in the mangroves looks like a blast.

The International Fly Fishing Film Festival is basically the Canadian version of the Fly-Fishing Film Tour, and the next three videos are trailers of featured films. Here’s one with April Vokey fishing for steelies on the Skeena.

Next up is some great stuff that captures the wonders of fly-fishing in Alaska.

And out third trailer deals with Cuba’s legendary saltwater fishery.

Finally, this week’s episode of The New Fly Fisher follows Bill Spicer to Crooked Lake Wilderness Lodge, located in Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Provincial Park to fly fish for big bass. Have a great weekend!

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