Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week’s collection is super trouty, with just a couple saltwater entries, including one that will have you scratching your head and asking why anyone would ever want to do something so insane. I don’t know what happened to all our tropical fly-fishing filmmakers. (Things should be heating up in The Keys, so maybe we’ll be getting more from Florida in upcoming weeks.) But no matter because there is a ton of truly gorgeous video below, and it will take you from Norway to New Zealand, from Pennsylvania to Oregon. 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 FFF, please post it in the comments below. See you next week with a fresh set of films!
Our old friend Rolf Nylinder is back from his planet-hopping and feature-film making to grace us with “some random clips from a good day two summers ago,” which he “put together a late night in Innsbruck when [he] was longing for the summer.” Also starring some other members of the frontsidefly crew and a DOUBLE RAINBOW!!!!
Here’s an absolutely stunning look at British Columbia’s Pitt River by photographer Nick Didlick. This one’s got it all: sweeping shots, underwater footage, stunning scenery, a little tilt-shift effect, and a lovely bull trout.
Conway Bowman has always been toward the extreme end of the fly-fishing spectrum, but I didn’t know he was actually nuts until I saw this. It’s from a pilot for a new show for the World Fishing Network and features Conway attempting to catch a mako shark from a stand-up paddleboard. Gulp.
In the dead of winter when the rivers are frozen solid, memories of splashy rises to big grasshopper patterns can keep an angler going. There are tons of great strikes and some beautiful Montana trout here.
From central Pennsylvania comes this great look at dry-fly fishing during early spring hatches of blue-winged olives, and it’s one of the best East Coast entries I’ve found in a long time. I dig the train theme and the gritty soundtrack. Plenty of great fishing action, as well.
Fly fishing beneath beautiful blue skies for tailwater brown trout in Oregon’s agricultural mecca. The folks from Outside Bend Productions score another winner.
Here’s some cool POV footage of fly-fishing for redfish in the Louisiana marshes. I’ve only done it once but I can’t wait to get back down there.
I think that this is an ad for something, but I’m not really sure what. Who cares? There are huge sea-run trout from the bottom of the world on display here.
There are few things more mesmerizing than a rising trout, which is why your coworkers might think you’ve gone into trance while watching this video. I applaud the filmmaker who can capture these rises without reaching for his fly rod.
Here’s some steelhead action from the Lake Michigan tributaries. It’s pretty cool when you can see the whole process, from the cast to the diving indicator to the fish in hand.
The River Spey needs no introduction for anyone who has dreamed of catching Atlantic salmon. This video was shot on the Wester Elchies beat, which some consider the finest pools on the river.
Fly Fishing the Mitt continues to turn out great videos. This one is composed of just seeds and stems from a recent trip, yet it still looks awesome.
If you’ve been waiting to get a good look at what Tenkara is all about, here’s a pretty good place to start. .
This one’s a little long, at 14 minutes, but it tells a cool story of a windy july 2012 trip in Swedish Lapland. It’s about the trout, the char, and the grayling, but most of all it’s about the fun of fly fishing and the challenges of the ever-changing weather and water conditions.You may even learn some Swedish from the dialogue.
These guys not only have a great time fishing in New Zealand, but they clearly had fun making this video. Have a great weekend!