Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 02.28.14

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 light selection this week, just ten videos, but there is some great cinematography and editing on display. I think we’re in the late-winter doldrums, as folks in the Northern Hemisphere anticipate spring.

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!


This is a beautifully-made, moody video about fishing for sea-run cutts on an Oregon coastal stream. This is how you make a great video with a GoPro, people.


National Public Lands Day is on September 28, 2013, and here’s the gorgeous video promoting it.


This is just stunning footage of tarpon fishing in Mexico’s Isla Holbox, featuring guide Alejandro “Sandflea” Vega Cruz of the Holbox Tarpon Club.


Winter steelheading in the Pacific Northwest requires that you put in your time, but the rewards are worth it. Sweet soundtrack from The War on Drugs, too.


When you live in Michigan, you can’t let the cold get in the way of good fishing, as our pals from Scientific Anglers demonstrate.


Watch what goes down when five guides, an 11-year-old kid, and a fish junkie join forces to hijack their local trout stream for a day.


Good stuff from the Cowboy State, featuring some nice cutties and a blooper reel at the end.


Here’s a super-dreamy teaser for a pike video from Lithuania, of all places. I totally dig the somber, David Lynchesque feel.


I once spent three days standing on the bow of Marshall Cutchin’s boat and never even cast to a tarpon, as a 30-knot wind blew in my face, so this video infuriates me.


The cold months are the best time to catch big bull redfish, and Ganesh Chatani apparently knows where to find them.

18 thoughts on “Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 02.28.14”

  1. I’ve always heard that handling fish (especially trout) removes their protective “slime” and harms the fish. Is this a myth? Does anybody really know how the fish is affected? Has anybody done a study of survival rates of handled fish (trout)? Although catch and release is admirable (and probably necessary for survival of the species) it would seem the less handling, the better. Most of these fishermen carry nets. The fish can be released while the net is still in the water. And you can still get a decent picture of the fish.
    Thanks for the videos, the quizzes and the fly fishing info.

  2. John its not a myth, its true, it can harm them. You can still handle any fish like trout for instance, but the best thing to do is to wet your hands first then handle the fish.

  3. Definitely quality over quantity this week. I actually watched all of them from start to finish, well accept for that last one. Usually I only make it through a handful. Thanks, Phil!

  4. Another great collection of great videos. Thanks much for the effort to collect these and push them to us.

  5. I loved the video on the Yellowstone and Snake river tributaries and the stonefly nymph pocket fishing. The Cutthroat Trout were beautiful…almost as beautiful as an Eastern Brook Trout…..in my opinion.

  6. The video “Guides day off” was very tempting with 3 plus feet of snow on the ground here and cabin fever burning at full force. Those Rainbows would sure cure any case of cabin fever…

  7. Great Stuff Phil
    Saw a couple of other vids your readers might be interested in on Vimeo by Steven Yochum called “Outta town Brown” and “Run” short but cool stuff. Shot in Oregon I think.

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