Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 02.26.21

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 and then serve them up for you to enjoy. It was a pretty slow week, frankly, so I’ve supplemented the collection with a couple classics. But these 10 videos feature plenty of killer action from Maine to Mexico, and from New Zealand to New York. And don’t miss the moving portrait of a veteran suffering from PTSD who finds peace through fly fishing.

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.

We kick things off with a short, one-cast-one-fish video from Maine, featuring a lovely brook trout.
The dog days of summer are a great time to cast for snook from the beach.
The amazing streams of Slovenia produce equally gorgeous trout and grayling.
Dave and Amelia Jensen chase big brown trout on a stunning New Zealand spring creek.
Our colleague Drew Nisbet and his buddies chase tarpon from stand-up paddleboards down to the Mexico.
In the hills of western Massachusetts, there’s a freshwater fishing oasis that fishes well straight through the hottest days of the year.
Brothers By Water is Robert Clark’s journey to uncover how fly fishing took the war in his head and put it on the water to help him find peace. It explores how fly fishing can give our veteran community purpose and freedom from PTSD.
There are good reasons why the Catskills draw fly fishers from around the world.
Here’s a classic from our old friends Rolf Nylinder and Håvard Stubö.
Finally, here’s a full-length episode of The New Fly Fisher from Ontario’s famed Grand River.

2 thoughts on “Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 02.26.21”

  1. Can I comment on the Jensen’s video.
    So I am going to touch on pressure on New Zealand’s resources.
    I assume that the Jensen’s apply https://www.doc.govt.nz/get-involved/apply-for-permits/business-or-activity/filming/
    and receive filming permits from DOC for their videos filmed on a doc estate – Mr Jensen mentions their returning to a favourite river however doc permits do not allow for the filming in the same area more than once in a three year period. so while the Jensen’s who are not New Zealanders mention a German camping up river and someone taking images with the location in the file the rules around filming on DOC estate also attract a very strict set of rules to protect our natural environment.
    Has orvis sited the required government documentation before promotIng these videos on the orvis website?
    There will need to be permits for each location covering set dates over a maximum 3 month period and strictly governing returning to the same area to film. The work safe requirements within those filming permits are very strict.
    While the Jensen’s have noticed a increase in pressure because of tagged images on the internet let’s not forget these Jensen clips also contribute to that same increase in angler pressure and the negative impact on angling pleasure.
    Excessive Tourism here in New Zealand had a negative effect on our environment and the layout of tourism here in New Zealand is about to change. Looks like we will get to say good bye to freedom camping like mentioned with the German camping up the river. The upside to that is the Jensen’s will have an improved experience on their favoured river.
    But let’s not forget kiwis have just enjoyed our rivers to ourselves without the pressure from overseas anglers and it’s been wonderful long may it last.
    So while the Jensen’s poked sticks at the German camping and images on the net tagging the location as a kiwi I see the same impact on our natural resources from these sorts of short films. let’s make sure the government documentation for filming is in place as it is there to manage the impact on our natural resources and we are all on a level playing field.

  2. I’d like to touch on the Jensen video and the impact of overseas anglers on New Zealand’s rivers.
    Mr Jensen pokes sticks at the German camping up the river and the online images with the location of his favourite rivers and how that has lead to an increase of pressure on the resource.
    I assume the Jensen’s obtain government documentation to film on doc estate -https://www.doc.govt.nz/get-involved/apply-for-permits/business-or-activity/filming/
    That documentation has a whole set of rules including worksafe procedures for New Zealand workers, not returning to the same place within 3 years to film, public liability insurances and a significant host of special conditions specific for the environment being filmed in. It’s quite a complex process required for every location. Anyhow I am sure orvis has sited this documentation??
    Kiwis have just enjoyed a wonderful summer on our rivers without the added pressure of overseas anglers. Tourism had started to have a negative impact on our environment and things are set to change hopefully the end to freedom camping. The Jensen’s may never have to deal with the German angling camping out on the river which is a good thing.
    As a kiwi I have enjoyed a summer of no pressure from foreigners on our rivers I’m sure the Jensen’s would love to fish their favourite rivers without anyone else around. But I think when the Jensen’s poke a stick at what others are doing let’s take a look at the Jensen’s government filming permits whilst in doc estate and understand how the Jensen’s set of plans to reduce their impact on our natural resources dosnt impact on the locals.

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