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 features a bunch of trailers for films that are or will soon be available, featuring footage from exotic locations around the world. But there are also films of more humble waters here in the US of A, Europe, and our neighbor to the north. One of my favorites features the elusive mooneye, a species that I’ve never chased with a fly, even though it’s available here in Vermont. 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. And one note to potential filmmakers: please don’t include the entire 10-minute fight in your video. It’s kind of boring to watch a guy just standing there, his fly rod bent, staring at the water. Use the editing tools on your computer and show us only the good parts. See you next week with a fresh set of films!
We kick things off with a short film from France(?), although I suspect that it contains footage from around Europe. The underwater scenes of insects and small fish are excellent, and the video ends with a serious bruiser brown spotted and caught. The text at the end reads, “A few more outings to come, anyway.”
the Marsh from scumliner media on Vimeo.
Last month, the fly-fishing industry gathered in New Orleans for the annual trade show, and some Montana guides headed out into the marshes to catch some redfish. This short video captures their day on the water. Some great takes by decent fish here.
Oh, to be standing up to my waist in Idaho’s Silver Creek when the brown drake spinnerfall is on! The shots of bugs in the air and on the water here are amazing, as are the rises from some big brown trout.
Here’s yet another great trailer for “Soulfish 2,” Mikey Weir’s film about amazing fisheries around the world. Take your pick: would you rather chase taimen in Mongolia, Nile perch in Egypt, or rainbows in the California mountains?
Here’s a species we’ve never featured before: Hiodon tergisus, better known as the mooneye. But in Quebec, where this filmmaker lives, they’re called laquaiche. Fishing for them seems about the coldwater equivalent of chasing panfish, and it looks fun to me.
Here’s a teaser for a film from Patagonia Nation—a group from Chile apparently not affiliated with the apparel company—that features some incredible scenery, monster fish, and a fair share of angling disappointment. I always appreciate it when a film shows the truth about the sport, which is that things go wrong…all the time.
Speaking of trailers, here’s a new, extended preview of “Casting at Shadows,” a film about Christmas Island. During the filming, Chris Cook caught a yellowfin yuna weighing in at 128 pounds, bonefish to 10 pounds, giant trevally to 80 pounds, and sharks to 100 pounds. Sounds like a real drag, huh? The entire film is now available at castingatshadows.com.
Finally, here’s a video that captures an exciting hike-in adventure somewhere in the Pacific Northwest. It’s a long walk in, but the fishing seems well worth it. This one has a surprise ending that you won’t expect, given the nature of the genre. Have a great weekend!