Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 04.06.18


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’ve got fourteen wonderful films, with a serious salmonid skew. There’s a bit of salt- and warmwater, but it’s mostly all about the trout, steelhead, and salmon, and we feature destinations from California to Virginia and from Sweden to Bolivia.

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!


We kick things off with a beautiful short edit from Sweden(?) about chasing browns in fast water on a small stream. The sound design on this film adds a lot to the experience.


I do love a killer video that’s also short and sweet. Here, British Columbia steelhead enthusiast Paula Sheerer explains how “It’s not about the fish.”


The title of this video gives nothing away, and there’s no description. But the footage is fantastic, and I’m pretty sure it’s Kiritimati, a.k.a. Christmas Island, or elsewhere in the Republic of Kiribati.


A tributary of the San Gabriel River in Texas, Brushy Creek offers some great warmwater action, which is on display here.


California fly fishing definitely doesn’t get enough love in the video world, but this look at the Upper and Lower Sacramento suggests that it should.


Montana’s Bitterroot River features a springtime Skwala hatch that draws anglers from around the region. Here’s some fun drone footage from Jessica Haydahl.


These anglers headed to Vancouver Island last fall with little knowledge about the fishery, but it looks like they figured it out! I hope that’s a subtle “This is Spinal Tap” reference in the opening monologue.


Who wouldn’t want to enjoy a foggy, quiet morning on the Green River in Eastern Utah? There are some really nice trout in here.


My love for mountain brook trout is boundless, so of course I’m going to include this video from Virginia.


From the CZech Republic comes this sweet shortie about chasing native brown trout on a small river.


Fishing the small streams of Wisconsin’s Driftless Area requires some stealth and skill.


Our friend Bob Reece put together this cool edit about Platte Rivers Veterans Fly Fishing, which provides basic fly fishing, fly casting, fly tying and rod building classes for veterans in eastern Wyoming and Colorado.


This has nothing to do with fly fishing, but it is so fascinating and exciting that I had to include it here.


Finally, here’s the full 12-minute “Jungle Angler” from Beattie Productions, which follows a group of fly fishers chasing golden dorado in the Bolivian jungle. Great stuff!

2 thoughts on “Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 04.06.18”

  1. Phil,

    Just found this article series and I’m thankful for all the great videos you are compiling! I just started fly fishing and making my own videos this year and these great examples will really help improve my film making.

    Thanks,

    C.J.

  2. I look forward to the Friday Film Festival every week. I can’t fish as often as I’d like to and it is a connection that I really enjoy. Thanks and keep up the great work.

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