Friday Film Festival 12.02.11

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 spans the globe, from the South Pacific, to the Caribbean, to Sweden—with a healthy mix from the good ol’ U.S. of A., as well. I must say that we’ve got some of the best heart-pumping saltwater footage we’ve seen in quite some time, plus you’ll see perhaps the biggest beast ever hooked on a bass popper…ever. The New Zealand videos are starting to pile up, now that their season has been open for awhile, so we can expect to see lots of giant Southern Hemisphere browns and rainbows in the months to come. Darn the bad luck, eh? 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!

The Only Way Is Up from Jazz and Fly Fishing´s Jazzcam on Vimeo.

Jazz and Fly Fishing returns! It’s been awhile since we’ve seen Håvard and the band up to their angling hijinks, and this video is basically a two-fer. The first half is an ill-fated bus journey to a fishing spot that’s not exactly scenic, but the second part makes up for it. Good fun.

Untitled from TechTackle on Vimeo.

There’s a little bit of hardware fishing in this film shot in Cuba, but the amazing fly-fishing action is what it’s all about. The shots of a big tarpon leaping in a narrow mangrove channel are truly spectacular.

Cheesman Dub from Jeff Mueller on Vimeo.

Just southwest of Denver, but in a setting that seems like another world, the South Platte River flows through Cheeseman Canyon. This great video from Jeff Mueller throws in a little editing style, but the fish are clearly the stars.

Dorado are among the coolest-looking fish you can catch with a fly rod, featuring flashing green and yellow sides and taking to the air when hooked. This video starts out with a little advertising, but then things start to get really good, with great eats, hookups, and leaps As winter sets in up here in much of the Great White North, this makes an angler’s mind wander to the tropics.

I am an unabashed small-stream nut, and this video from Utah features excellent action in an intimate setting. Plus, it doesn’t shy away from the frustrations of trying to cast in close quarters.

Drift This from Ohio Steelhead Alley on Vimeo.

The Steelhead Alley runs along the southern edge of the Great Lakes from New York to Ohio, where fly fishermen have dozens of great rivers to choose from. The sport has a different look that its Pacific version, but the fish offer the same mix of strength and acrobatics.

Here’s a little taste of New Zealand, in a film that follows a group of friends on a backcountry camping trip. I don’t suppose I need to tell you what the find. WARNING: Some salty language here, although it sound somehow less offensive with the accent.

We finish with a unique fly-fishing experience. I have been chased off sand bars by Alaskan brown bears, but it looks like Australian popper flingers have something a little more prehistoric to deal with. Have a great weekend!

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