Friday Film Festival 10.28.11


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 bounces all over the planet; in fact, just three of the eight videos are from the good old U.S. of A. The rest come from such far-flung locations as Wales, Japan, Russia, and Lithuania. Who knew that there were great fishing opportunities for urban seasbass in Tokyo or big Atlantic salmon in a country many folks don’t think of as an angling destination? As a bonus, there’s a little bit of how-to here, as well: you’ll learn how to remove a giant popper from an angler’s shoulder with maximum efficiency and minimum blood loss. (It’s all in the sharpness of the tug.) 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 gorgeous video from northern Wales, combining stunning scenery, beautiful rivers, and some cool wildlife shots. As a small-stream nut, I would love to spend time on these tumbling waters catching native browns.

There aren’t a lot of fish in this video, but that’s kind of par for the course when you’re talking about fly-fishing for muskies. The lack of fish (notwithstanding one heck of a smallmouth) doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of action, though, starting with some in-the-boat surgery. Try not to wince.

October 15 from www.salmosalar.lt on Vimeo.

I love it when we get to introduce new countries in the FFF, and here’s some two-handed salmon action from Lithuania, which I’ve certainly never thought of as an angling destination. (I’ll wait while you Google its location.) Judging from the beautiful Atlantic caught at the end, it might be an undiscovered fly-fishing gem.

From there, we move on to another FFF first: saltwater fly fishing from Japan. This is urban angling at its finest, casting an 8-weight for seabass around some sort of huge pier in Tokyo Harbor. It looks a lot like striper fishing in Boston or San Francisco. There are some cool splashy strikes, as well as a rockin’ soundtrack.

2011 Fishing Compilation from CP Flyfishing on Vimeo.

Here’s a season’s worth of great action from Alberta, Canada. So great trout feeding shots, as well as jumping rainbows are on display. Stick around for a couple of lunkers at the end.

Bringing it Home: Fly Fishing the Kenai Peninsula from Outside Bend Productions on Vimeo.

Travel to Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula in September for some great trout, Dolly Varden (those of you who took yesterday’s quiz now know where this name comes from), and silver salmon. With millions of sockeyes in the river, the egg-bite is on!

We are really busting out the new adventures this week: Here’s a cool small-stream trout video from Russia. If I hadn’t told you where it was filmed, you might assume that this is somewhere in the Northeast or Midwest of the U.S., though. The video follows an angler drifting streamers from browns, and his experience is familiar to all of us—a tough day of fishing rescued by a small fish at the end.

toxic from Yukon Goes Fishing on Vimeo.

We finish with another installment from our friend Ivan at Yukon Goes Fishing. There’s more great cinematography than fish here, but it’s a lovely glimpse of Montana in October. The brown he lands at the end is just perfectly formed, the very image of the ideal trout. Have a great weekend!

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