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 has some seriously gorgeous footage, as well as plenty of big fish. From the rivers of New Zealand, to the lakes of Sweden, to the tarpon-infested waters of Boca Grande, there’s plenty to keep you interested. And at the end are a couple of videos that will give you cause to think about what fishing means to you.
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!
We kick things off with a contemplative little video from our pal Rolf Nylinder from Frontsidefly. We’re used to his maniacal laugh and all sorts of hijinks, but this one shows off Rolf’s softer side, as well as his silky voice and guitar playing.
Here’s some great footage of cold-weather fishing in the waters around Bozeman, Montana. The editing, moving camera, and the way the music works with what’s on the screen are all very cool. There’s also something very unpretentious about this video that’s attractive.
The first minute of the video is simply awesome. That’s one confident angler, but even he is stunned when the tarpon goes airborne.
First of all, the name “Chrome Magnum Productions” is awesome, so I was predisposed to like this video. Luckily, the scenes of huge trout in New Zealand are just as impressive. It’s a true slabfest, and check out the huge brown following the hooked fish at 1:45.
It doesn’t take long for Fred Campbell of HOOKÉ to land his first Atlantic salmon of the season on the Miramichi in New Brunswick.
This is simply gorgeous filmmaking. And do you know how we can tell it was made by professionals? It has a “production assistant.”
This video about fly-fishing for sea trout in Älvkarleby, Sweden, warrants inclusion for its fine demonstration of how to swing a fly in a big river, for the synchronization of the fish strike with the high note in the song, and for the kickass shot of the dudes eating lunch. There are a few good fish, as well..
A bold musical choice provides the background to some sweet redfish action in the marshes off Charleston, South Carolina.
When I was in graduate school at Rutgers in the early 90s, I spent a ton of time on the South Branch of the Raritan River, so this tribute by Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions hits me right in the feels. New Jersey never looked so good as a fly-fishing destination.
This video claims to be just “a few random clips,” but I think it makes for some fine entertainment.
We love us some Southern Culture on the Fly around here, and this mashup of a bunch of different trips is a lot of fun. Be warned that it kicks off with some adult-themed content. From where I sit, being part of SCOF looks like a blast.
O happy day! We get not one, but two Rolf Nylinder entries, and this one features his brother(?) Tor trying to find rising fish in a lake. We do NOT recommend the fishing behavior in this video. Lightning is no joke, as any number of anglers will tell you. But the video is still a lot of fun.
Here’s some more Low Country redfish goodness, as a pair of anglers hit the first set of flood tides of the season on the new moon as water temps finally reached 60 degrees.
Here’s some killer Bow River brown-trout footage especially for those of you who miss 80s hair metal. A little Quiet Riot with my fly-fishing? Yes, please, if just for the cheese factor.
Here’s another look at the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta from Ken Hanley and John Sherman. It’s amazing that such a diverse fishery exists in the middle of that population density.
Many years ago, Ted Leeson introduced me to the writing of one of his students, John Larison, and since then, Larison’s work has received wide acclaim. Here’s a video of Larison discussing the destruction of his favorite fishing hole. This isn’t a fly-fishing video per se, but it contains themes and messages we can all relate to in some way.
Here’s an amazing video about a 90-year-old WWII veteran who has built a life around fly-fishing. It’s part of a campaign to make a documentary about him. Have a great weekend!