Friday Film Festival 04.20.12

Written by: Phil Monahan

Welcome to another edition of the Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week’s collection is quite Euro-centric, with great videos from Germany, Scandinavia, and even (maybe) a new country for the FFF—the Republic of Lithuania. There is a wide variety of fishing, video styles, and music here, so I expect that anglers will differ on which are the best. We’re still a little light on Southern Hemisphere films, though; yeah, that’s right—I’m looking at you New Zealand. With seasons open now all throughout the North Country, I expect we’ll start seeing more domestic videos (Made in America!) in weeks to come. 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 FFF, please post it in the comments below. See you next week with a fresh set of films!

Spring Training from scumliner media on Vimeo.

Here’s some killer footage of spring fishing on the Missouri River in Montana. I love the head shot at :46, as well as the cold-pizza breakfast.

Dave and Ryan go Tarpon Fishing from southern culture on the fly on Vimeo.

The guys from Souther Culture on the Fly head south for some Keys saltwater action. For a couple of good ol’ trout boys, they do pretty well, too.

Here’s a stunningly gorgeous trailer for an upcoming film about the great Atlantic salmon rivers of Scotland.

Topwater Cod – Flyfishing for Australian Murray Cod from Nicholas Kneipp on Vimeo.

I’m kind of a little obsessed with Australia’s Murray cod, which acts like a smallmouth bass but grows to enormous sizes. This video features some topwater action for these predators, and the strikes are unbelievably violent. If Australia weren’t on the other side of the globe and full of nasty things that will kill you, I might be checking flights right now.

Truite à la mouche-Fly fishing trout in France from maxime miquel on Vimeo.

I am constantly surprised by how many good fly-fishing videos come out of France, given that the country is not on most anglers’ minds as a trout destination. But the fact that some of the world’s top fly-fishing competitors are Frenchmen suggests that we might think about their rivers a little more.

Pukka Destinations from Gin Clear Media on Vimeo.

This is an advertisement for a German travel company, but it features some breath-taking visuals of waters, fish, and the heavens.

More netcam action from Colorado’s Elevenmile Canyon. I love the clarity of the underwater stuff, too.

Fishermen – Frederik Lorentzen from Inwaders Media on Vimeo.

Have you ever wondered why no one has made a fly-fishing video featuring the music of the late Cornelis Wreeswijk? Me neither. But there is some sweet footage of fishing for seatrout in Denmark on display here.

Not sure what country this one is from, but Google Translate suggests Lithuania. The angler’s ability to curse in English is therefore even more commendable.

This isn’t the best video, but it represents something pure and unpretentious, which is why I included it. Here are some guys with very little gear or swagger just doing what they love. I think most of us started out this way, and some of us are still there.

Terrific Anglers from Eugenio Celedon on Vimeo.

Finally, some good stuff from South America! There’s been a dearth of Southern Hemisphere video this season, so it’s nice to see Chilean countryside and trout.

You ever been ice-fishing for perch? Yeah, these ones are a lot different. The Nile perch has big teeth and grows to frightening sizes. Plus, you have to ride a camel to get to the water.

Tastes Like Skunk from Outside Bend Productions on Vimeo.

We end with an entirely fishless video, but one that really captures how a skunking can still be valuable. Beautiful scenery, solitude, and the rhythm of the cast are good for the soul. Have a great weekend!

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