Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 12.29.23: Year-End Extravaganza

Welcome to the another edition of the Orvis News Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival! Each week, we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing videos available and then serve them up for you to enjoy. This week, we’re trying something new: To celebrate the end of 2023, we are serving up the number one video from every F5 throughout the year. We usually reserve that top spot each week for the film that we feel is the most compelling, most beautiful, or most meaningful. So here are all forty-four lead-off hitters from the past year, in order. (We do miss a couple weeks, and there are a couple “classic” collections, as well, which is why there aren’t 52 here.) Here’s to more incredible films in 2024!

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.

A great steelhead-season wrap-up from James and Kait of Humble Heron Fly Fishing.
A cinematic look at Texas fly fishing with All Water Guide’s own, Cassio Silva and Bonner Armbruster.
Explore the Susquehanna river watershed of Pennsylvania and the healing nature of fly fishing.
What it’s like for a fly fishing angler to spend a few days trying to catch a Pacific Northwest Winter Run steelhead on a swung fly?
They don’t get a lot of press, but jacks are incredible game fish.
Black Fly Eyes explore undiscovered water in the “Serranía Moseten” region of Bolivia.
I, for one, can’t wait.
Summertime fun on a stunning Utah stream.
Here’s a gorgeous trailer from the Emerald Isle. You can see the full film here.
A true feature-length film about an incredible trip to Labrador. Set aside some time to watch this one on the telly.
Lake Superior is inspirational for surf pioneer Tom Blake and big-water fly fisher Rodger LaPentor.
What’s worth traveling halfway around the world? This.
Here’s a cool little portrait of a fly fisher. No talkin’, just fishin’.
A killer film from Todd Moen of CATCH Magazine, featuring a dashing Brian O’Keefe chasing big bonefish from an SUP in The Bahamas.
An exploration of what time on the water means for one angler.
This is a powerful story about a man taking charge of his own mental health through time in the outdoors.
A lovely rumination on why rivers and trout hold so much meaning for many of us.
The German anglers behind Danica Dudes travel to fish the storied waters of the rivers Test and Itchen in the south of England, getting a history lesson in the process.
Crypto bros fish the mountains of their native Austria. (It’s better than it sounds.)
This short film has a message: Spend your time wisely.
Get your stoke on.
Gilbert Rowley is back with a new season of his Buffet Series, starting in Flaming Gorge.
Our favorite Swedish angler (and ninja) explores a tiny forest stream. Warning: Language.
From Gilbert Rowley, here’s a little winter-fishing adventure to take the edge off the summer heat.
The latest video in the Buffet Series is all about facing the challenges of springtime fishing in the Rockies.
Phil Tuttle’s quest to catch a permit has taken five years. Will this be the trip?
The latest from Rolf Nylinder is about a little bit of America in Sweden.
Montana ain’t just for trout, as this killer video from Todd Moen proves.
We kick things of with a beautiful long-form film about one of modern fly-fishing’s inspirational figures.
A husband-and-wife guiding team is the focus of this great film from RA Beattie.
Rolf’s latest production is a rumination on big fish and what it means to be a man in Sweden.
A group of Aussie anglers experiences Big Sky Country.
A hike through the Mexican jungle to fish a lagoon that hasn’t been fished in a long long time.
The full, hour-long version of a classic RA Beattie film, up on YouTube for the first time. The camera follows anglers to fly fishing destinations throughout the world.
The great Todd Moen captures glorious footage of trout-spey fishing on Alaska’s Kvichak River.
Discovering a river that holds hope for one of California’s great remaining wild fisheries.
Rolf teams up with Håvard for a big trip to fish in South Africa.
The trailer for a cool collaboration between Tight Loops and Wild Fly.
A beautiful film about looking for steelhead on the Skeena River near Terrace, British Columbia.
Fly fishing for Sea-Run Cutthroat, Coho, and playing professional soccer near Puget Sound.
Here’s a gorgeous and moving film offers an intimate portrait inside one indigenous family’s seasonal salmon rituals and their connection to the Bristol Bay Fly Fishing and Guide Academy, where local youth are empowered through fly fishing to serve as guides and conservationists.
Dave and Amelia experiment with a new kind of immersive filmmaking. Join them in New Zealand.
This year’s IF4 looks awesome. Click here to find a showing near you.
A thrilling expedition into the heart of the Brazilian Amazon to the Iriri River .

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