Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 02.28.20

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’ve got fourteen great videos that will take you from American home waters to some of the world’s most exotic destinations–Africa, Argentina, Australia, and the Indian Ocean, to name a few.

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 killer trailer for a film about chasing sea-run browns in ” an undeveloped corner of South America.”
This is a promotional video that’s also a really beautiful look at winter fishing for steelhead in the Wolverine State.
Tasmania is a fly fisher’s wonderland. Here’s a look at just one part of the island–the Western Lakes.
Catching giant trevally in the surf is intense enough without the cameraman getting caught in the line.
The video quality isn’t spectacular here–and I’m pretty sure that you’re not supposed to get that close to bears with a drone–but this video really captures how massive the sockeye runs in Alaska are.
Chasing tigerfish in Namibia was an amazing experience for the crew from Vagabond Fly.
Sometimes the guide-client relationship turns into a real friendship on the water.
This doesn’t look like any kind of fly fishing we’ve featured before. Chasing Argentinian wolf fish ( Hoplias malabaricus) in what seem big puddles.
Winter fishing is about more than catching trout.
Welcome to the jungle, we’ve got fun and games.
I was unaware that Iowa has pike fishing this good!
The couple that fishes together, stays together. Or something.
This is a cool short documentary about bull trout.
Finally, here’s a full episode of “The New Fly Fisher,” in which Bill Spicer chases big browns on Ontario’s Grand River.

3 thoughts on “Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 02.28.20”

  1. Regarding “Fly-Fishing Winter Woollies – buggers and long johns”, I was disappointed to see the fisherman holding the fish out of the water when the air was probably quite cold. That can damage a fish’s eyes if the moisture happens to freeze. Those were small fish. He could have easily removed the fly while keeping the fish submerged in the net. Also, the fisherman was wearing fleece gloves (I do too) but he kept those gloves on when he handled the fish. How much protective slime was removed. If you want to handle fish, take your gloves off first and get your hands wet! If nothing else, it means your gloves won’t get as wet and thus they will keep your hands warm, longer. Anyone who fishes in the winter, must be fairly avid and more than likely experienced. He should know these simple rules by now.

    1. Phil,
      Thank-you for the reminders. Early in the morning, before arriving at the farthest reach hiked to, the air was cold. By arrival, after nearly two hours of hiking and dawdling, the air was passing the melting point. A few early clips were shot when the light was right though the fishing was not. All shots with the orange jacket and beautiful cold light were in fast water or shallow water expected to be devoid of fish that early. Raynaud’s syndrome now plagues my hands and feet due most likely from standing on too many mountain ledges holding a rope or too many cold rivers in neoprene. So I am trying to sort out how to continue winter fishing and my feet are mostly under control but hands are a challenge. Note some video clips while attempting without gloves, and missing are all the clips of dipping my palms in the water prior to touching the fish. I was unaware that all palm dipping clips were cut out of the final edit on this video, though not consciously. I reviewed my most recent trip video and found one such palm dip in a different pair of gloves. Wearing gloves to be removed while hurrying to get the fish back in the water has been considered and if it is working for you I shall give it a try. All that said, I do appreciate your watchful eye out for the good of the fish.

      1. Good reply Kirk. I think if a video was shot of me on a river or a lake, the purists would be after my scalp. Perhaps with good reason. One thing about playing and then releasing a fish is that when we see it swim away, we naturally assume that the fish is “fine”. That same fish may die 2-3 hours later from the effects of its ordeal. It breaks my heart when I release a tired fish back into a lake, only to watch a loon swim up and shop for dinner.

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