Friday Film Festival 06.01.12


Written by: Phil Monahan

Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week’s collection covers a wide variety of species in both fresh and salt water. Unless you’re dead-set on seeing something about stand-up paddleboard Tenkara fishing for bluegills, you’ll find something to capture your imagination here: from trout to tarpon, bass to carp, chubs to permit. Don’t forget to let us know if you’ve found a great piece of video elsewhere on the Web; just give us the link in the comments below.

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!

We kick things off with a cool “mixtape” from something called Fly Fishing Nation (these dudes. They sure do get around and catch some sweet fish.

Swedish Lappland is apparantly just the place for a little Old Crow Medicine Show to go along with the great trout fishing. Lots of great stuff here—from gorgeous country to wildlife to big trout—but alas, no Rolf. That brown at the end is a toad.

Here’s something short and sweet from Mexico’s Yucatan. What makes this so great is the that it captures the sounds of tarpon fishing, from the fish hitting the water to the scream of the reel.

Manny Chee has a sweet pram and knows where the bass live. There are lots of great strikes on display here, and the video ends with a true bucketmouth.

As the main hatches dwindle around here, it’s almost time to hit the headwater streams, just like the guys in this video. Wild browns and brookies on dry flies are what summer is all about.

Warning: The editing in this video (as well as the soundtrack) may induce seizures in those with fragile constitutions. This one certainly pushes the boundaries of the fly-fishing-video genre. Whattya think?

What sets this carp-fishing video apart from most of the others is the fact that you can really see the fish against the weedy background, which makes the takes exciting. These aren’t huge fish, but they fight wicked good. And how often to you hear Palchelbel go right into bass-heavy rock music?

Jason du Pont is becoming the “dean of the Gunpowder,” writing and filming about the river quite a bit. Here’s some cool footage from a huge sulfur hatch. You get to see plenty of takes on the naturals, and then a few fish fooled by fur and feathers.

Permit are super-hard to catch on a fly, right? At least in my experience. But these guys seem to have scored pretty well on Ascension Bay. Short and sweet, just how we like ’em.

This is crappy video, but the action is cool. Watch as a 12-year-old kid casts bass poppers for fall silver salmon in Alaska. The wakes the fish make behind the fly are worth the price of admission, plus it’s great to see young anglers having such a blast.

If you’ve ever wondered where “le spot” for big chub is, here you go. This French angler has found a bunch of chubs willing to hit his fly and is making the most of it. How do you say, “The tug is the drug” en Francais?

Here’s a little something from across the pond. If you’ve never experienced the British “mayfly” hatch, put that on your bucket list. The fish here are small, but just check out the way they hammer that giant dry fly.

This is pretty long, but it’s a lot of fun. A group of guys heads to Alaska’s Situk River for steelhead and run into all kinds of weather. But the fishing action is still spectacular, and the trip looks like a blast.

This week’s episode of The New Fly Fisher was shot in Labrador, as Colin tries to catch an Atlantic salmon on a dry fly. Have a great weekend!

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