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 super-fast action in the salt for albies, redfish, and snook, as well as great steelhead footage to get Great Lakes fishermen pumped for the season. We’ll also take you to Alaska for an adventurous float trip that features three guys daring each other to eat the inedible. (WARNING: Don’t watch it during lunch.) We’ve also got perhaps the cutest angler to ever land a big rainbow on the Missouri river. Remember, we surf the vastness of the Internet, weeding out the junk, 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!
Since last week’s FFF started on such a meditative note, I figured we’d kick off this week with some excitement. Great Lakes steelheaders are coming into the heart of fall steelheading season, and, as this video shows, it’s a wild game that lasts right through some of the crappiest weather Mother Nature can throw at you.
This is effectively a commercial for a flats-boat company, but the stars of the show are the snook absolutely blowing up shoals of bait along the beach. I have only caught little snook, so the prospect of casting into one of these blitzes for a big one certainly gets my heart racing.
Okay, might as well face up to it: the real talking point here is what the heck these guys are eating at the end of the video. Seriously, what is wrong with them? But before that, there’s a lot of great Alaskan fishing action and fun camaraderie among the three anglers on a return adventure to a river they’ve floated before.
When you’re a guide, a day off on the river is a magical thing, as this video shows. And the guide’s wife, Ke’lah, seems to know right where the fish are and how to catch them.
Here’s something to get saltwater anglers in the Northeast pumped up for the fall blitz. Shot off Montauk, at the end of Long Island, this video shows just how fast and furious the action can be when the false albacore are chasing bait to the surface. Get your fly in the water, and keep it there.
There’s no fishing here, but it’s still an astonishing sight: hundreds of Arctic char staging for spawning. For fly fishers who spend all season trying to find just one or two such beautiful fish, it’s always amazing to realize just how many fish you never know are there. The guys from Jazz & Fly Fishing offer a cool soundtrack, as well.
It’s a wonder what kinds of cool shots you can get just from mounting from a camera at the end of a pole, isn’t it? Some cool film making here, but certainly the best parts are the great shots of big redfish eating flies on or just under the surface in the grassy flats of Louisiana.
We wrap things up with 17 seconds of serious cuteness from a precocious young angler who clearly has dreams of hosting her own Jimmy Houston-style fishing show when she grows up. Ah, the things we must do for success. Have a great weekend!