Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 01.15.16

Welcome the latest edition of the Orvis News Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival, in which we feature the best videos from around the world. This week, we have a straight-up dozen productions that feature stunning trout, a saltwater Grand Slam, and a couple of oddball species you probably have never cast a line for. Don’t miss the final video, a moving look at an organization doing great work with injured veterans from recent wars abroad.

For best results, watch all videos at full-screen and in high definition. 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 F5, please post it in the comments below, and we’ll take a look.

And don’t forget to check out the awesome all-new, improved Orvis fly-fishing video theater: The Tug. As of today, there are more than 1,000 great videos on the site!

See you next week with a fresh set of films!


We kick things off with a gorgeous, dreamlike video from the French anglers at Bearnishfly, capturing some of the special moments that we anglers get to witness on the water.


Here’s yet another video full of gorgeous New Zealand trout from Andrew Harding (a.k.a. “troutboynz“), though this one has him struggling (cue eye rolling) through high-water conditions.


I’m not sure we’ve ever featured a video about fly-fishing for tripletail, so I was excited to run across this one from southwestern Florida. Find the traps, and you might find a lurking triple, too.


This is a wonderful year-end wrap-up from a group of Quebecois anglers called Wildcats, and it features pike, trout, striped bass, and Atlantic salmon.


Michigan steelheading in December is not necessarily for the faint-hearted, but the boys from Fly Fish the Mitt got out there and got ’em.


There’s lots of great underwater footage of fish in this video from the barrier reef off the coast of Belize, featuring a full on Grand Slam.


What do you know? There’s snow in Iceland. There are also beautiful rivers and gorgeous fish.


Fly-fishing for barbel never looked as good as it does in this video from Spain, where the fish live in shallow, clear lakes and are as spooky as trout.


We always celebrate solitude in fly fishing, but even when that’s not available, we can find pleasure in sharing the experience with family.


Some anglers lie about the size of their catch. Not these guys.


This profile of a teenage angler, Pat Fitzgibbons, shows how fly fishing can quickly become a passion in a young man’s life. And that’s a good thing.


We end with a great production by Confluence Films about Warriors and Quiet Waters, which helps reintegrate combat-injured U.S. veterans and active service members from recent wars into society through fly fishing and other high quality therapeutic recreational mediums in southwestern Montana. It’s moving stuff.

4 thoughts on “Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 01.15.16”

  1. Please, please…stop with the music videos. Yeah, you’ve got a HD camera and a hard-beat and tons of slow-motion footage–but there’s only three types of people who care–the people that have never seen a fly fishing video before; your friends and family; and you.

    Put aside the nature porn and tell me a story. It can be a complex one or a simple one, but tell me a story. Have a beginning, a middle, and an end. Stories like, ‘The water washes my soul’ or ‘The nature it vacuums my brain’, or ‘My dog and I had a fight, so I went to the river.’ Anything…just please tell me a story. Can we please make a pact that we’ll benefit all of us? No more nature porn; no more slow-mo tracks across gear; and no more emo music for the sake of emo music.

    Kudos to “Iceland’s Glacial Rivers” and Pat Fitzgibbons and “Brothers In Arms” each of those videos had an engaging story.

    Tony
    Southwest, Utah

  2. Every time I watch a film about Montana is makes me want to pack up and relocate immediately. Does anyone have any points of contact with veteran organizations in Montana? I’m a transitioning veteran and through the many talk my wife and I have had we have decided that Montana would be the best place for my transition and the growth of our family. These videos speak to me soul every time I watch them and I want my family to grow in these soul cleansing environments. Not to mention I want the opportunity to put myself and my family on some of these waters for moments we can cherish for a lifetime and beyond. SEMPER FI brothers and sisters.

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