Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 12.05.14

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. Here are 14 new videos from around the world, featuring anglers chasing trout, sea bass, and giant trevally, among other 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. As of today, there are 340 killer videos on the site!

See you next week with a fresh set of films!


We kick things off with a gorgeous trailer for a French film that looks at fly fishing as one of the last arts that links us to the rhythms of nature. Just gorgeous cinematography.


Closer to home, the Berkshires of western Massachusetts are home to some great trout rivers, and here’s another trailer for an as-yet-unnamed film about those waters. And that kid can cast!


Christiaan Pretorius is a guide in South Africa, and he and his cohorts often use their day off to find new waters and new species. There are some powerful fish on display here.


Speaking of guides, here’s a trailer for an upcoming film and Web series called The Tightest Line, which explores the lives of North American fly-fishing guides, the fish they pursue, and the magnificent local environments in which they coexist.


This is a promotional video from Colorado Tourism, but it’s beautifully shot and focuses on the great fishing in the Roaring Fork and Frying Pan River.


Here’s well-made video from New Jersey (?) or somewhere thereabouts, featuring a trip to “Browntown, USA,” according to the vimeo description.


Fly-fishing around Jacksonville, Florida for redfish in November seems like a good way to spend a bluebird day.


Our pal Evan Williams put together this edit of some highlights from eastern Oregon, featuring some sweet browns.


We don’t see a lot of stillwater fishing videos from New Zealand, so this one—shot on a high-altitude lake in the middle of the North Island—is pretty cool. There are some lovely bows here, many caught while sight-fishing the shallows.


The name “Rotterdam” doesn’t usually conjure scenes of fly fishing, but there’s apparently a pretty good sea-bass population. If you’re going to fish in the middle of an industrial wasteland, this looks like a good place to do it.


I don’t know anything about this video: where it is shot, who the people in it are, etc. But I like the black-and-white vibe.


Here’s a great short video about a Vietnam vet who has found solace through fly fishing, via Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing. It’s seriously moving stuff.


What these “oh, I wanna try fly fishing” videos lack in expertise, they often make up for with lovely imagery. This episode of a Land Rover Web series was shot at North Carolina’s Biltmore Estate.


At just under 8 minutes, this is a bit long, but it features self-shot scenes of some stunning New Zealand fishing on the North Island’s Tauranga-Taupo River last Friday.

12 thoughts on “Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 12.05.14”

  1. Phil, I’m a regular for the Friday film fest and it’s a highlight of week for me — so you get a pass on the Land Rover video. I understand the Orvis endorsed guide and the brand placement. But the video was pretty useless and not very entertaining.

    1. To paraphrase Meatloaf, “Don’t be sad, ‘cuz thirteen our of fourteen ain’t bad.” As I mentioned in the description, I just thought it was pretty.

  2. Central Idaho streamer fishing (bull trout and cutthroat). Me and my buddy Evan Thomas put this together this summer on the Salmon River in Idaho. Thought you guys might enjoy it!

  3. Phil thanks for all the time you put in looking for these videos for us, keep em comin!
    I loved that one in eastern oregon

  4. The short of the Vietnam vet is a trailer of a movie that will be in this years F3T. Larry started as one of our vets about 3 or so years ago, and is now one of our program leads.

    We are very very proud of Larry’s courage in sharing his story.

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