Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week’s collection is among the more varied we’ve ever posted, with tons of different styles and locations. From the clear streams of New Zealand in late summer, to the high-country lakes of the Rockies, to the flats of the Bahamas, to a Swedish fly-fishing school, anglers are chronicling their adventures in cool ways. (The aerial footage from Sweden is a highlight this week.) What some videos lack in technical mastery, they make up for with attitude, flair, or just cool fishing action. So sit, back, relax, and get pumped up for your next fly-fishing adventure. Watching these might even prompt you to pick up a camera. 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 highlight reel: nothing but the good stuff. The description for this one says, “If this video doesn’t rock your world, head directly to the doctor.” I agree.
Here’s some great saltwater action from Florida, featuring pretty much everything but the kitchen sink. The only thing I don’t get at all is the music choice, which contains plenty of NSFW lyrics.
Hurricane Isaac wreaked havoc on Louisiana, but one angler in Florida found that the largemouths were on the feed during and after the storm. The results are gorgeous.
Here’s another epic video chronicling a trip to Alaska, this time a float trip on the Goodnews River. There’s not a lot of high production value, but the video captures the experience well and might make you consider heading to the Last Frontier, if you haven’t yet.
Let’s head to France, where the guys from Bearnishfly have put together another great video, featuring a mixture of fishing, culture, and humor. Gotta dig the green leggings, too.
It’s late summer in New Zealnd, which you can tell from the slanting light and big brown trout. On the South Island, a couple anglers are taking advantage of that.
Somebody got a quad copter, methinks, and makes great use of it in the video shot at the Lilla Malma fly-fishing school in Sweden. The overhead shots of casters are very cool, as are the sweet takes on the lake.
Meanwhile, in Norway, anglers on the Orkla are chasing big Atlantic salmon. I love that shot of the fish’s fin above the water during the release.
Sweet, green mountain water produces some fine trout in Alberta. This dude needs to keep the water off his lens, though.
Some small-stream goodness, and a self-shot video from Chris Duggins that offers plenty of different angles on the action—thus avoiding a common pitfall.
This is some up-close carp action, as the angler effectively daps for a fish right in front of him. Once it’s hooked, though, the carp heads for the weeds. These Texas fish get pretty beefy.
Combining a family vacation and fly fishing can be hard to do, but this video shows an angler who seems to have a handle on it. It’s great to see a small kid reeling hard on the flats of Nassau, in the Bahamas.
Sheesh. A beautiful fly-fishing video from Finland, and I gotta look at a Yankees cap all through it. As a Red Sox fan, that’s tough on me, but the sweet trout help lessen the pain.
This video perfectly captures my experience in trying to catch a tarpon, a quest still unfulfilled.
The joys of backcountry fly-fishing are clearly on display in this video. The limitations of the GoPro angle are offset by the stunning scenery.
Finally, here’s a sort of trailer and plea from our old friends Rolf and Peter. It seems they want to make a documentary, which sounds pretty cool. Have a great weekend!