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 offers tons of great trout, salmon, and steelhead action, with a healthy dose of salt water and exotics thrown in for good measure. Fall colors are on display, as are some truly lovely specimens of game fish. (Although I’m not sure that you could describe the pacu as “lovely.”) Most of what we got is from the U.S. and Europe, with no trout from the Southern Hemisphere. Let’s hope that, as seasons get rolling in South America and New Zealand over the next couple of months, we’ll get to see some huge fish from far-off lands. 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!
We kick things off with a very action-packed video from the guys at Fly Fishing Culture, which seems to be based in Poland. How cool is that?
As I’m sure you’ve figured out, I’m a little redfish crazy right now, and here’s some great footage from Doug Rowland of the Low Country Journal in Charleston, South Carolina.
According to the guys who made this video: “This year the silver run where we were [in Alaska] wasn’t what it has been in the past. Chums were everywhere, so every time a silver was caught it was like winning the gold! It wasn’t that we didn’t catch a lot of silvers, because we did, but we caught way more chums.” No matter; this is gorgeous.
More beautiful video from the Brittany region of France. Uncle Google tells me that “kouign” is a kind of buttery French pastry. Go figure.
From bonefish to steelhead, here are some killer highlights from William Vallely’s 2012 season. Looks like it was a good year for the man.
I love to see the young’uns fly fishing, as it ensures a better future for our sport and our waters. Here’s a young man who clearly knows how to catch trout from Wisconsin’s Rush River.
Striped bass in Arizona? Yup. Manny Chee finds feeding stripers in open water on Lake Pleasant.
Luke Bannister’s videos from the “Westcountry” of southern England exemplify why fly fishing is called “The Quiet Sport.” It’s just a man, his split-cane rod, and small, wild trout. Pure fly fishing.
At the other end of the spectrum is this guy, Harry, who is chasing false albacore off the Florida panhandle.
We may have posted this one before, but it’s worth another look just to see the killer smallmouth topwater takes. R.A. Beattie seldoms disappoints.
It’s hard to beat the colors you’ll encounter on brown trout in the fall. Small streams can provide fun and some surprises. A rainbow or two here, as well.
The maker of this video says, “Each year, we’d each pick a stream on our borders, a thin blue line of water splashing from high mountain in country without roads, and few trails. If it were easy, we thought, anybody could do it and the fishing would be a thin soup, or polluted with brook trout, cutt-bows, and the like. No, our targets would be wild and pure, the waters crystal, as they were and as they are.”
Imagine a bluegill as big as a salmon. That’s what the pacu seems like to me. I’ll bet that when you hook one of these guys in some current, it’s a brutal fight.
More Alaska goodness. These guys get into such fast and furious action that they can hardly keep the fish off their lines. I love when the guy behind the camera says, “Nice cast” to his buddy who has just accidentally hooked up while clearing his line.
Finally, we’ve posted so many videos from Norway that it’s fun to see a bunch of Norwegians come our way, in this case to Maine for striped bass. Have a great weekend!