Friday Film Festival 05.25.12

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 is pretty dang salty, with great fly-fishing action of giant-trevally, tarpon, bonefish, and permit anglers. The trevally scenes will blow your mind because of the way the fish seem to explode on the fly, often right at the angler’s feet. Those who prefer their bones golden will find plenty to like here, as well. We are seeing the number of carp videos increasing at a remarkable rate; is this the hottest fish in the sport right now? But don’t worry, trout nuts, we’ve got you covered, as well, with video from New Zealand to the City of Lights.

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 will some killer footage of fly fishers chasing giant trevally on the flats. The amazing charges and strikes by these bullies are impressive, and it’s incredible how close they’ll come to the angler before hammering the fly. The speed on display here is simply astonishing.

Next up is a trailer for an upcoming DVD from the South Island of New Zealand. The footage isn’t of the highest technical quality, but there are tons of great shots of big trout in the water and taking flies. And, of course, there are monster-brown grip-n-grins galore.

Here’s some sweet carp action from the South Platte in Denver. The netcam gives a pretty good view of how big these golden bones can get.

We love featuring pictures, stories, and videos about young fly fishers, who represent the future of the sport. But this kid is a serious badass. Hunter Hoffler has taken fly fishing to a level that most kids can’t even conceive of. Expect to hear a lot more about this kid.

With all the hard-pumping music and extreme action found in fly-fishing videos, it’s nice to see something that tries to catch the simple joys of a day on the water: the sights, the sounds, and the serenity. Plus, that’s a lovely brown trout at the end.

Catching a tarpon isn’t all just fun and games. Sometimes you need to put in a lot of work and endure a lot of frustration before you jump that first fish.

Here’s some cool saltwater action from the Bay Islands off the east coast of Honduras. These guys look like they know how to have a good time on a fishing trip, and there appear to be bonefish and permit enough to keep the rods bent.

So, uh, who knew that there was decent fly fishing within an hour of Paris? Based on the exotics swimming around, this is an artificial fishery, but it still looks like a lot of fun. Anyone know where this is?

More carp action, but this time it’s self-shot GoPro footage from Michigan (I think). This guy has quite obviously found the right spot.

Sometimes there are tarpon everywhere, but you just can’t get one to eat. This video captures all the near-excitement of that experience. Having once spent three days in Key West battling 30-knot winds and landing zero tarpon, I can relate.

I know that some of you will believe I included this video only because it has the word “fart” in the title, but I assure you that this is scurrilous hearsay. I just like the way that this is shot, and the char are pretty. I swear.

Again, this isn’t very high-quality footage, but the bonefish at the end is huge. I do hope that they don’t expect us to be able to read either the ruler or the scale on the Boga Grip, though. And I hope the fish wasn’t out of the water as long as this video makes it appear to be.

This week’s episode of The New Fly Fisher features our own Tom Rosenbauer trying to catch his first Skeena River steelhead. Do you think he can do it? Have a great weekend!

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