Friday Film Festival: Friggatriskaidekaphobia Edition!

Friday 13

Welcome to our first Friday the 13th edition of the Friday Film Festival for 2012! (And thanks to Orvis designer James Daley for the sweet logo.) This week’s collection is trout-heavy, with action from Chile to France to British Columbia. There are a couple other species thrown in, including monster bonefish and barramundi. 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!

Sure this is really an advertisement for a lodge and outfitter in British Columbia, but it’s also an absolutely gorgeous piece of filmaking. Full of scenic wonders and fantastic underwater footage, this video will have you checking the map to see where in the world Spatsizi Wilderness Park is. I don’t care: I just wanna go.

Fly Fishing Colorado 2011 from Jeff Mueller on Vimeo.

But Colorado is pretty nice, too, and this film from Jeff Mueller captures the magic of the high country in all its glory, from meadow streams to hidden lakes to tumbling mountain freestoners. There are a few float-trips thrown in for good measure.

SNIPPETDOUBLEDIGIT from h2obonefishing on Vimeo.

This one is quick and dirty: nothing but a big torpedo on the flats, a fine cast, and an stunning big bonefish brought to hand. The only real mystery here is what is going on with that soundtrack.

In the heart of Europe: The Muehlheimer Ache from Pro-Guides Flyfishing on Vimeo.

Here’s a cool film from Austria, where a couple anglers fish the Muehlheimer Ache for trout and barbel. There’s a brief talking part auf Deutsch, but what I really like here are the unique angles and use of focus.

Big Barramundi on Fly Fishing Rod from Andy Thomsen on Vimeo.

This one’s a little longer than it needs to be, but the payoff is impressive. Two Aussie anglers stalk tails, and the anglers lays into a true beast. My favorite part is when the guide says, “Can you reach that?”

ARROYO DE LOS ELFOS – ELF CREEK from Sol Duc Buck on Vimeo.

The notion of a “secret creek” is one of the holy grails of fly fishing, and this short film focuses on just one such stream in Chile. As you watch, you’ll be thinking, “Isn’t that lovely?” Then, when you see the fish finally come out of the water, your eyes might bug out of your head. It truly is the kind of stream we all dream of.

Fly fishing in Brittany/Pêche à la mouche en Bretagne from Julien on Vimeo.

From Chile, we head across the Pond to France for a brief look at a beautiful little tree-lined trout stream. Dry flies, chamber music, and native brown trout: What more could you want?

Colorado Trout from Joey Macomber on Vimeo.

This film starts off with a blast…literally. Then things calm down and focus on dry-fly fishing for big ‘bows, cutthroats, and browns. There are lots of great strikes, as well as a few nerve-rattling refusals, here.

We all know that the actual catching of fish is but a small part of a fly-fishing trip, and this film does a great job of capturing all that other stuff: the travel, the gearing up, the banter, the food, etc. But don’t worry, it doesn’t leave out the catching part.

Finally, here’s a full episode of “The New Fly Fisher,” a Canadian-produced fly-fishing show. In this episode, they head to Labrador to catch monster brook trout. Check out the Labrador accent on Wayne Moores, the guide, and note the correct pronunciation of NewfoundLAND. For a guy like me, who catches 4- to 6-inch brookies all summer long on local mountain streams, seeing these giant, deep-bodied fish is truly impressive. Have a great weekend!

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