Friday Film Festival 08.19.11

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 features plenty of gorgeous footage of anglers catching everything from big trout to jumping tarpon to the mysterious triggerfish of the Farquhar Atoll in the Seychelles. Plus, we have the return of Rolf and the guys from Frontside Fly teaching us the rituals of fishing in northern Sweden. Especially cool are the two solo saltwater films in which one guy in a boat with some cameras manages to capture some remarkable action. 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!

Mission… from william benson on Vimeo.

Catching a saltwater Grand Slam—which requires you to land a tarpon, permit, and bonefish in a single day—is a difficult-enough task. But trying to film yourself while you do it seems outrageously ambitious. Will Benson sets out on this mission with an array of equipment and his own angling prowess. Think he can do it?

DOUBLE DOWN from LO FI FLY on Vimeo.

What’s better than catching a big, beautiful trout? Why, catching two of course! This video focuses on the magic of the “double,” but you may be most impressed by the single slob brown featured near the end.

The sight of redfish tails waving in the early morning sun is something to behold. It’s amazing how ferociously they burrow into the marsh bottom. You can understand why the seemingly easy meal offered by a well presented fly seems so attractive to them. I especially love the angling fashion on display here, which can only be described as “Friday casual.”

Summer Dime from Outside Bend Productions on Vimeo.

To an Easterner like me, the Deschutes River seems completely exotic—a huge, brawling river flowing through a desert, and apparently full of beautiful redside rainbows that you can see. Not to mention the ridiculous summertime temperatures and rattlesnakes. This video makes it clear why fly fishers are willing to endure those last two.

The Seychelles are known for their amazing bonefish and trevally, but there are other species willing to take a fly, too. Triggerfish are coral dwellers, which means you need tough leaders and the ability to steer the fish away from sharp edges that can end a fight. They put up a battle, though, and make for great trophy poses.

Montana Steel from Yukon Goes Fishing on Vimeo.

It’s a simple equation: small stream + big fish = excitement. This angler has found a pig holding in a side channel and manages to hook it after quite a bit of persistence. When you first see the hole in the water made by this rainbow, you know he’s into something special.

Dawn Patrol from Aaron Adams on Vimeo.

Aaron Adams is Director of Operations for Bonefish & Tarpon Trust and a senior scientist for Mote Marine Laboratory, so he knows a little something about saltwater fish. In this video, he heads out for a morning of tarpon fishing all by himself and manages to capture a remarkable array of great jumps.

The Mayfly god – (frontsidefly and this is fly) from Rolf Nylinder on Vimeo.

FFF regulars have come to know and love Rolf and the boys from Frontside Fly for the sheer joy they express in their fishing videos. This one takes things to a whole new level of weirdness, though. Are you willing to follow? I sure am. Have a great weekend!

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