Friday Film Festival 04.08.11


Written by: Eric Rickstad


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Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Internets for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week is a bonanza of high-definition goodness, which means you should watch everything at full-screen, in full resolution, with the sound cranked. Co-workers be damned! There’s a little bit o’ steel, a tad of golden dorado, a smidgen of salmon, and even a bit of BWO. Enjoy!


“Devil’s Gold” in Search of Golden Dorado in Bolivia from Castaway Films on Vimeo.

WARNING: Do not watch this video if you have a heart condition or are prone to fainting spells. OrvisNews.com is not responsible for any adverse health effects caused by the amazing action and thumping music contained herein. The last couple minutes of this trailer offer probably the most exciting fly-fishing footage on the Web. “Devil’s Gold” has been online awhile, but now you can watch these amazing golden-dorado strikes and leaps in HD Vimeo goodness. I especially love the shots where the anglers are fishing in pocket water for these huge, acrobatic fish.

Provo River BWO Hatch from Spencer Higa on Vimeo.

To bring your heart rate down, here’s a sweet short clip from Spencer Higa of Falcon’s Ledge, showing a heavy blue-winged olive hatch on Utah’s Provo River. This is the kind of hatch that brings big trout to the surface on many great Western rivers. The shots from underwater offer a trout’s-eye view of the amazing smorgasbord.

It’s been a few years since I was on the bonefish flats in the Bahamas, but videos like this make me yearn for a return trip. Lots of cool underwater footage and low angles give the whole video an epic feel.

BC Steelhead Movie from scumliner productions on Vimeo.

You’ve probably never heard of Ben Hardy and John Arnold, but in about…oh, 3 minutes and 56 seconds…you’re going be wishing you were them. Helicoptering into British Columbia’s Skeena River for a float trip through pristine forest sounds good enough. Add the amazing steelheading, and you’ve got a trip of a lifetime. Judging by the bear-spray holsters in evidence, though, it looks like you’ve got to keep an eye out for ol’ griz.

Here’s our first FFF clip from Wales, and it features scenes of sea trout spawning, followed by a very surprising catch. The angler, clad in jeans and Wellies, casts into a small, tannic river and hooks something. But when he finally nets it, you’re for a bit of a surprise. I knew Wales offers difficult grayling fishing, but I had no idea that there are good salmon waters, too.By the way, Snowdonia is a region of northern Wales that’s known for its gorgeous scenery.

One Fly Saved from Owl Jones on Vimeo.

You know that guy you meet on the river? The really eager guy? The one who’s always willing to help, even when his helping isn’t that helpful? Here’s a short video about that guy. Fun stuff to kick off your weekend right

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