Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 01.19.18


Welcome to the latest edition of the Orvis News Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing videos available. This week, we serve up an even dozen films to inspire and entertain. From Florida to arctic Alaska, and from New Zealand to Bosnia, these scenes of anglers, fish, and incredible landscapes will hopefully help you forget that your local stream may be frozen over. Don’t miss the quiz question below film #1 or the powerful message in film #12.

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 Orvis fly-fishing video theater: The Tug. As of today, there are exactly 1,435 great videos on the site!


In case you missed it, we are incredibly proud of this Helios 3 “anthem” video by Rockhouse Motion. First person to guess who the narrator is and post the answer in the comments will win some cool stickers.


Here’s a gorgeous look at fly-fishing for steelhead and salmon in the Last Frontier.


Do you like lots of different kinds of music and fly-fishing for big redfish? Then you’re gonna love the latest episode of “The Gulf Coast Tour” from Broke and Fly.


Just under a minute of winter-fishing in Montana, by Joe Cummings.


When you need to scratch that tarpon itch, but you can’t get out on the flats, a Florida pond will do.


Bosnia’s Krušnica River looks like a wonderful place to cast to brown trout and grayling.


Three fishing friends hit the water on a snowy day.


From three waters in the Southwest comes this trippy little number, which is dreamlike in tone and features some cool shots.


The annual spring hatch of Skwalas in Montana draws anglers from around the country, and this trailer shows why.


“For a good time, make it ambush time.” Words to live by in New Zealand.


Chad Brown of Soul River, Inc. received the first annual Orvis Breaking Barriers Award back in 2015, and this great trailer is about a trip to far northern Alaska, where veterans mentored at-risk kids and changed their lives.


We finish up with a film from Trout Unlimited that’s both beautiful and powerful. It tells a story of family, grit, and legacy, all in support of sustaining a ranch at 10,000 feet that depends heavily on stewardship of the Colorado River.

8 thoughts on “Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 01.19.18”

    1. The folks from Montana Wild did, in fact, plead guilty to wildlife violations regarding bull-trout fishing and handling in the summer of 2014. For this, they endured very public shaming and paid steep fines. Orvis severed all work ties with Montana wild when the story broke, and until this F5, none of their work had appeared on this site since 2016. But, we believe that people deserve second chances and that treating them like pariahs is counter-productive.

    2. A little research shows a lack of clarity in the regulations surrounding where they were fishing at that time, but it seems like they started off trying to do it right. I don’t think I ever saw the video, so I know nothing about the claims that they kept fish out of the water for extended periods or released fish still hooked/rehooked a landed fish. We had some popular TV hosts fined over similar sorts of behaviour up here in Canada in the 90’s. It’s hard to watch people make a living doing things most of us only get to do a few times in a year and see them abuse the resource in ways the rest of us hopefully never would. Leaves a bad taste in the mouth, but maybe Mr. Monahan can wash it away by showing us how to be the better man. The U.S. looks a strongly divided nation at present, a little forgiveness and a willingness to change and do better for each other would go a long way. That said, report poachers and make sure there’s some fish around next time your neighbour gets to go out.

  1. As a beef farmer & fly fisherman myself, I really enjoyed the last video from trout unlimited! thanks for sharing!

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