On a whim, I decided to check to see what the most-watched fly-fishing video on YouTube is. To do so, I searched for “fly fishing” and “flyfishing”, with the filter set to “view count.” I figured it would be an old video because the longer a video is up the more chances it had to be viewed, but I was certain it would be something I had seen before. My guess was that it would be one of the famous trailers for a popular video or something. Surely, it would feature big trout of some kind. Boy, was I wrong.
First of all, I had to wade through several non-fly-fishing videosincluding one about a “naked charity calendar” and one called “HOT SEXY GIRLS FISHING”that somehow come up under this keyword search. (Ah, the Internet. . . .)
Finally, there was the first actual fly-fishing one. But it’s not about catching trout at all. Instead, it’s a 3-minute, low-picture-quality video of a guy landing a tarpon on a beach in Cuba. At 1,576,242 views (and counting), it tops the next most popular video (below) by more than 100,000 views. Huh. How does one explain this?