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 offer a baker’s dozen productions that are pretty heavy on the trout up top and on conservation at the bottom. You’l travel from New Zealand to Norway, the Everglades to British Columbia, and get a heavy dose of Tom Rosenbauer, to boot.
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.
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Traveltruly’s Matt Butler and his buddy, Chris, spent their day off exploring smaller, lesser-known streams in the southern part of New Zealand’s South Island. I’m sure you can guess what they found.
Frank Melro compressed his favorite moments from a season in Montana into just two minutes, which seems about perfect.
Lotte Aulom—a.k.a. the Reelgirl—chases trout in the Hemsedal region of her native Norway and seems to do pretty well for herself.
September in Cuba looks like a great time to cast for juvenile tarpon among the mangroves.
Utah’s Weber River is the setting for this solo-shot production from Derek Philippon, who has a fine cinematic eye and an ear for classic Creedence.
The musky in this video isn’t huge, but the video does a nice job of capturing the experience of pursuing such an elusive species in the north country.
Aside from announcing a new reel, this film does a great job explaining what makes the Battenkill, a real “working person’s river,” so special to those of us who fish it.
Kameron Brown’s brief time being connected to a great white shark was quite a thrill. To quote a different 1970s film: Never get out of the boat!
Midwestern trout fishing in fall can be a grab bag that includes small trout and big steelhead. That cast at :14 suggests that there’s a certain amount of weight involved, as well.
There’s no fishing here, but these scenes from the sockeye run in British Columbia are glorious.
I guided in the Iliamna region in the 1990s, and it’s one of my favorite places in the world. This short video makes the case for preserving its natural state forever.
Given how much we’ve been posting about the problems plaguing the Everglades, this great video about the Herman Lucerne Memorial Backcountry Fishing Championship is timely and interesting. There’s plenty of cool fish footage, as well.
We finish up with another full episode of “The New Fly Fisher,” featuring Tom Rosenbauer and Colin McKeown fly fishing the flats around Ambergris Caye in Belize for permit, bonefish and tarpon.