Friday Film Festival 06.17.11

Welcome to another edition of the Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Internets for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week, we’ve got trout and tropics, plus a very cool piece of animation and another Scandinavian gem. You’ll also see several species of salty game fish that will test your credulity. What the heck are those things, anyway? Enjoy!

Fish On Productions from Dean Hodson on Vimeo.

Few things are as mesmerizing to an angler as a trout taking a fly off the surface. I don’t know about you, but I could watch feeding fish all day and never get bored–even if I didn’t have a fly rod in my hand. This video features some of the best shots of gorging trout I’ve ever seen.

The Seychelles have long been famous for amazing bonefish and giant trevally, but this video features several species I’ve never even seen before. Shot in the Farquhar Atoll, it shows angling in the surf and on the flats and will probably have you calling up Google Maps immediately.

The Motive from Evan Phillippe on Vimeo.

Here’s a fun conceit: the coming of the salmonfly as a monster movie. But in this case, it’s a monster that brings other monsters to the surface. Some great action footage and quirky filmmaking on display here.

Spain is my second-favorite foreign trout-fishing destination, after New Zealand, and this video does a good job of capturing the flavor of Iberian angling. The only thing missing here is the astonishing food and wine that a trip to Spain provides.

Bonefishing Turks & Caicos Islands from Marian Pracht on Vimeo.

Apparently Turks & Caicos bonefish will swim right up to a wading angler until he hooks one. Shot entirely on GoPro cameras, this video is a bit shaky at times, but it features some of the coolest incoming-bones shots I’ve ever seen. You can feel your pulse start to race as the fish get closer and closer.

I don’t know why this video was made, but I’m glad it exists. An animation of the mayfly lifecycle, it puts the viewer right in the bug’s world, one we never really get to see in real life.

You know those videos that have tons of intense action and a thumping soundtrack? This ain’t one of those; in fact, it’s the opposite. Shot in Sweden, this short film is a calming salve–with no sound but nature’s and some lovely, slow images of anglers and surface-feeding fish. More than any other video, this one gets the feeling of being alone on a river at dusk. Have a great weekend!

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