Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 02.14.14


Written by: Phil Monahan

Welcome to a new edition of the Orvis News Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing videos available. We have a great selection this week, twenty-one(!) videos featuring a wide variety of locations. We’ve got something from every continent except Africa here, and the focus is on trout.

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 in regularly at The Tug, the Orvis online video theater. See you next week with a fresh set of films!


Given our nation’s current snow situation (only Florida is without the white stuff today!), it seems appropriate to kick off with this odd bit of winter fishing from North Georgia.


This is an ad for a company running mothership operations in the Seychelles, but it contains some killer footage and thumping soundtrack.


Here’s another great piece of footage from Dave and Amelia Jensen on their annual adventure to New Zealand. I think we shared this one on Facebook, but I don’t think it made it to an F5 until now.


Ay yi yi. It’s just one huge trout after another on this winter day in Montana.


There’s some wonderful footage of feeding trout in this self-shot video from Argentina.


This is a beautifully done evocation of the magic of fly fishing and why we love it. Sure it’s an ad, but I don’t care. It hit me in the feels.


This video about fishing for large Atlantic salmon on the river Lakselva in Finnmark, Norway, is a little too long, but it makes me want to go there soon.


The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is known for its brook trout fishing. Here’s why.


Here’s some fantastic surf-fishing video from Jono Shales, featuring bizarre beasts from the waters off western Australia.


From Denmark comes this cool winter surf-fishing video, which ends with a bang.


A little small-stream summertime gem from Charles Hobbs.


Good stuff from the wilds of Sweden. Warning, this one ends with a bit of super-salty language.


This video is not of the highest quality, but it’s got a great soundtrack and Holy Crap! check out that brown he catches at the end.


Lots of salty goodness on display here, including cool stripers on the flats.


Kamchatka is a dream fishing destination for many of us, and this video captures the beauty of the pristine wilderness and the amazing wild fishery. But it also focuses on the importance of protecting Asia’s only steelhead population.


Western North Carolina offers a very cool fly-fishing trail, with lots of delayed-harvest waters. This video shows just how great the fishing can be. That hog brown at 1:00 will wake you up.


I’m pretty much done with GoPro-only videos, but this one from Argentinian Patagonia is well done and makes you feel as if you’re there, catching those gorgeous fish.


This isn’t really a video as much as it’s a collection of fishing images of a young woman who is clearly dedicated to the sport. . .and to her dad. As a father, I would love to receive a Valentine like this from my daughter.


Eight permit to the boat in four days? You gotta be kidding me.


There’s no fishing here, but any angler with a little imagination sees the incredible possibilities offered by the stunning New Zealand landscape.


If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to fish the Olympic Peninsula for wild steelhead, this video gives you a pretty good idea.

8 thoughts on “Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 02.14.14

  1. T.L.

    Thanks again for this weeks videos, not sure that the point of the last one from Northwest Waters is though. Did the newbie catch a fish on the ad for the Redington spey rod?.

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  2. Brayden

    In reference to an article last week on which hand do you reel with. Did anybody notice if Dave Jensen switched hands to reel or not. I am sure if he had then the split second it takes to do so would have cost him the fish.

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  3. gordon

    That video from the daughter to dad was like an arrow through my heart. I have the picture on my phone of my daughters first trout on a grub that she gathered when we were splitting wood. The same day her oldest brother caught his first solo trout on a fly. I feel so lucky to share this with my kids. Thanks Phil!

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  4. Andy B.

    A couple of suggestions for the filmmakers out there:

    If your ‘film’ doesn’t have a narrative, please keep it under three minutes. We don’t need to see every fish caught, every fish swimming away, or every shaky landscape shot you took.

    If you’re going to include dialogue in your ‘film’, please don’t rely on the onboard mic. Do us all a favor and invest in a lavalier, a boom, or even just an onboard shotgun.

    If you’re going to upload your HD ‘film’ to Vimeo, please turn on HD for embedded videos.

    Just a few thoughts after watching years of the F5. Take them for what you will.

    Oh, and Phil, I’m all for you being “pretty much done with GoPro-only videos.”

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