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 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. As of today, there are more than 1,340 great videos on the site!
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.
Yes, it’s a commercial for a resort in New Mexico, but it’s also a lovely little video about a solo day on the river.
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.