Classic Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 06.21.19

Welcome to a classic edition of the Orvis News Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing videos available. I am on the road this week, but you’ll get a new set of videos next Friday. This classic F5 features a bunch of really cool stuff, from a talking salmon to a profile of an African guide to an epic adventure in a VW Westfalia. Some of these are long, but I guarantee that they’re are worth your time.

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.


We kick things off with an awesome short animation/360° video featuring a loquacious salmon. It’s fun stuff, you can look around a bit with the 360° function, and make sure you stick around for the big finale.


Chasing big Kingfish in shallow water off the coast of New Zealand’s Noth Island looks like a blast in this video from Matt Butler of Traveltruly.


We love the video of Andrew Harding (a.k.a. troutboynz) and this is his magnum opus: a 19-minute-long epic about a road trip to the lowland rivers and streams of New Zealand’s South Island.


Here’s the trailer for what looks to be a great video about fly fishing, history, and a hundred-year-old trout mount.


This is a beautiful video about a fly-fishing guide on the Mooi River in Thendela Village, eastern South Africa.


Captain Quinn hooks into a dandy spring-run steelhead on his 8-weight single-hand fly rod, and he’s a bit undergunned. Will he land the beast? Warning: some mild cursing.


Small-stream roadside fishing is the subject of this shortie from Coloradoan Jennifer Blames.


The boys from Hooké profile a longtime guide on the Squamish River of British Columbia.


Sometimes the search for untrammeled places and unfished waters means you’ve got to go downward . . . into the canyon.


Just a minute of fly-fishing for wild trout in the Laurel Highlands and central Pennsylvania.


Our pal, Drew, from lookhfishy went on a three-day kayak trip down the Devils River in Southwest Texas, and it looks like an amazing adventure.


Here’s a great video about an important conservation story in Oregon, where a proposed mine would threaten the headwaters of two important wild salmon and steelhead streams


We finish up the full hour-long film “Journey On,” by our friend Chase and Aimee of Tight Loops. They spent the summer of 2015 traveling around the west in a VW Westfalia, fishing and filming, and the results are glorious.

8 thoughts on “Classic Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 06.21.19”

    1. Once you learn how to cast at a basic skill level, fly fishing becomes an elegant ballet on water. And because fly rods are considered light tackle, fighting the fish becomes a thrilling experience. It’s not without good reason that the phrase “the tug is the drug” was coined. But FF is so much more. Which fly to use? How deep or shallow to retrieve or troll? How to play the fish following a hook up. And so much more. And at the end of the day…some of the best lies you’ve ever heard. Give it a little more time Vera. The adventure is worth the effort. Plus, you just might become an addict.

  1. Fly fishing the Mooi River is a couple different types of fascinating. How much fishing is on that continent that we know little to nothing about? Can you interview that guide for the podcast?

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