Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 11.21.14

Welcome to another edition of the Orvis News Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing videos available. Sorry about missing last week, but the wifi in Belize was up to the task. Here are 20 new videos from around the world, featuring trout, pike, and all manner of saltwater species.

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 all-new, improved Orvis fly-fishing video theater: The Tug. There are way over 300 videos on the site now!

See you next week with a fresh set of films!

Here’s another great sequence from the Waypoints DVD, shot by Denver Miller. These anglers helicopter into the mountains of Chile in search of incredible wild rainbow trout in a remote lake and river.

We’ve featured many videos from Dave and Amelia Jensen, sharing their annual adventures in New Zealand. This video, shot last weekend, shows Amelia stalking, fighting, and landing a glorious brown trout. If you ever wondered if she really has serious angling chops, this should clear things up nicely.

Marlin are bluewater fish, right? Not in this video, as juvenile fish roam the flats off Australia’s Fraser Island. Killer stuff.

We posted this trailer for CO2LD WATERS, from Conservation Hawks, earlier in the week, but it’s so important that I wanted to make sure everybody sees it. This is an important issue for anyone who loves fly fishing.

Here are some pretty remarkable scenes from Russia’s Yokanga River, big water full of Atlantic salmon.

This entry from the film festival at the 2014 Bonefish & Tarpon Trust Art Symposium features great footage of casting for bonefish and tarpon around Florida.

Here’s another cool clip from RA Beattie’s Carpland, which will appear in the 2015 F3T.

We love to see the young’uns fly fishing, and these guys catch some sweet largemouths on Lake Austin. But I do have one tip: let’s try to keep the fish in the water a bit more, boys.

Alessandro Benussi is a famous Italian snowboarder who also loves to fly-fish. It’s great to see the two sports put together like this.

There’s no fishing here, just great underwater footage of brook trout in their natural element. It’s a reminder of why we love the places where these gems live.

Having just been in Belize last week, I was excited to find this video from Duber Winters, Fishing Manager at Orvis Woodbridge (VA). It really captures the many options available to anglers at El Pescador.

I don’t know who these people are or where they’re fishing, but I like the way that kid handles a net!

Check out this cool trailer for the film Salt, focusing on the relationship between two California angler/surfers.

Here’s another great conservation video aimed at fly fishers. Trout Unlimited’s Wild Steelhead United brings diverse advocates together to fight the good fight.

A good fishing dog is a wonderful thing, and this pike angler from Canada has found a true friend in a German Shepherd named Timber.

False albacore from a stand-up paddleboard? Looks like a great time.

Joe Tomelleri, the world’s premier trout illustrator, is back with another fun carp video. This time, they’re chasing grassies!

This is a gorgeous look at the fishing in barren southwest of Iceland. Shot with a wide aspect ration, this video takes you to a lake inside an ancient volcano for brown trout.

San Lazaro, Cuba, seems to have it all for the saltwater flats angler: tailing permit, cruising tarpon, and feeding bonefish. Can you say “Grand Slam”?

We featured the trailer for Vaidas Uselis’s Follow the King a while ago, and the full-length, 37-minute feature is now available. A group of anglers heads to British Columbia to chase giant king salmon and work their butts off to land these powerful fish.

6 thoughts on “Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 11.21.14”

  1. Good stuff as always.

    I do have a comment about the cold waters film. I personally am all for conservation and protecting our natural resources. The science on global warming is still half one way half a dozen another. There are just as many climate scientists that say climate change is caused by us as there are scientists that say we have no impact on the changes that have happened over the last millions of years. There is nothing definite about the studies either way.

    To have a video like the Cold Waters one on the Friday Film Tour is a great way to get the word out. I think that there are some really good points made about us as a community having a loud voice. The thing is not all of us feel the same way about climate change and what we as anglers can do about it. I feel like it puts The Orvis company in a tough spot by posting something with a political/controversial agenda behind it. There was a certain competitor of yours that donated over $300,000 to Green Piece for help in their “Anti-Fracking Campaign” And as a result I know of thousands of people that now refuse to buy any gear from that company because the companies political motives are directly effecting how the customers make their living. It is bad business to alienate your customer base. I would hate to see Orvis fall into the same category.

    Granted this is all my opinion and I am sure I will take some flack for it. But to each their own!


  2. MC – As the person who came up with the idea for the Co2ld Waters movie, and who worked for a number of months to make it a reality, I wanted to take a second and share a couple thoughts. First, thanks for responding in such a reasonable and rational tone. I’d love to see more of that as anglers really start to talk about climate change. Second, I’d invite you to visit our new web page. We offer links to some of the top scientific organizations in the world, and you’ll find that there’s an overwhelming consensus among climate scientists. (Spoiler alert: It’s roughly 97% to 3%, rather than 50% vs. 50%. But don’t take my word for it. See what the scientists themselves have to say.) Finally, while Orvis is a true leader in the fly fishing world, as well as a huge champion for fisheries and conservation, they’re not really going out on a limb by raising the climate issue. The entire fly fishing industry is starting to understand that if we want to hold on to our fisheries, and to pass on a healthy world to our kids and grandkids, then we need to address climate change while there’s still time. The real danger to companies like Orvis is if we stand on the sidelines until the places we love to fish are gone forever.

    Please let me know if you swing over to the page. I’d love to hear if you change your mind after you’ve had a chance to look at some of the unadulterated scientific info we link to.

    1. I feel sometimes what gets lost in the climate change argument, is that we are having negative impacts on all ecosystems in more ways than just influencing the climate. Many ecosystems can be harmed by many of societies daily activities. Regardless of whether or not climate change is happening or not, in many cases it is simply direct destruction of the habitat that leads to the decline and loss of species and entire ecosystems.

  3. I feel the same way company’s are walking a very slippery slope taking polical / social position on two view that I do not believe we have all the answere to yet.

  4. Todd,

    I appreciate you taking your time to respond to my comment. I didn’t intend to get into the debate over Climate Change nor was that the main point I was trying to get across. When looking at the data and the opinions of the Climate Scientist you linked, or any “experts” of any heavily debated topic, for that matter. I tend to think of what you see the toothpaste commercials. They claim that 9 out of 10 dentists recommend Brand X toothpaste. The thing they don’t tell you is that all 10 of the dentist’s surveyed are Brand X Vendors. It skews results more than slightly. But that is besides the point.

    The main thing I wanted to be taken from my comment is that: We all know it is a hard world for a business to succeed in these days. To be in a limited market as Orvis is, it could really hurt future sales by posting political/social views on things and risking alienating your customer base as we have seen other companies do in the past.

    Orvis, keep up the good work with the FFFFF.


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