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 spans the globe, from New Zealand to Lapland, from Mongolia to North Georgia. There’s quite an array of species, as well: aside from the usual trouty suspects, you’ll get a gander at tarpon, crevalle jacks, pacu, redfish, and grayling. What’s cool about this collection is that there are some scenes that stand out as unusual, featuring white bread, a friendly alligator, and an excellent fishin’ hound.
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 cool video of a trip to remote northern Sweden, where the water is clear, the bugs are plentiful, and the scenery is stark. This one has a distinctive feel that’s a combination of the editing, the music, and the location.
Casting for big tarpon and jacks in Costa Rica looks like a good time, and these anglers land two ‘poons over 160 pounds. I kinda wish that guide would keep his hands out of the fish’s gills, though.
You know how I love the small streams, and here’s some cool footage from California fly-fishing legend Ken Hanley.
On the other side of the country, these anglers ply their trade on North Georgia’s Chatooga River. That rainbow at the end is a slob, and what would such a regional video be without a little pickin’.
Once you get the gator out of the way, this small salty creek offers some cool bank-fishing for reds.
Here’s a trailer for a DVD about smallmouth fishing in Michigan. Watching these bronzebacks slamming flies is the best part.
This video is not in HD, and the camera work is pretty suspect. But how awesome is this guy’s reaction to catching his very first Atlantic salmon? I think they’re in Lapland.
It seems that even when the water is high you can catch big brown trout in New Zealand. The shoulders on that fish at the end are something to behold. I love how much the guide clearly adores these fish.
As soon as you see false albacore blitzing on the surface, your heart starts to race. It’s one of the more exciting experiences in fly fishing. And then once you’re tight to one of these little rockets, the real work begins.
Oh, yes, they did: they made a video of fishing for redfish from stand-up paddleboards. And you guys thought Tom was crazy when he started goofing on this new craze. Pretty soon they’ll be everywhere. This looks like a blast.
An FFF first: A video that starts with a white-bread chum line. Seriously, though, if I had access to a pond like this, I’d catch the heck out of these monster panfish.
A good fishing buddy is one of the essentials of the experience, and this angler’s got his best pal in the water with him.
This video is long, but it does a good job of capturing the experience of traveling to Mongolia for taimen. And that ridiculous fish at the end is worth the wait.
I like to feature the work of young angler/video-makers when I find it, and Ethan Bennett has produced a little gem.
Oh, yes, they did, part II: they went carp fishing with Tenkara rods. Sure, they’re not catching the big slabs of golden bone, but it’s a long way from the small-stream stuff most people think of when they hear “Tenkara.”
Holy cow, a Georgia two-fer! This one features some real deep-mountain scenery and some beautiful little natives.
Here’s a little “dawn patrol” fishing for big crevalle jack. (And, yes, I think you should say “crevalle jack” rather than “jack crevalle.” That’s just how I roll.)
Some good stuff from Lithuania. You can really see how well the Euro-nymphing tactics work, featuring a very heavy fly and a leading presentation.
We finish up with a great long video on steelheading in Oregon. Have a great weekend!