Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 04.26.13


Written by: Phil Monahan

Friday Film Festival at Orvisnews.com Featuring the Best Fly Fishing Footage Available

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 has some seriously gorgeous footage, as well as plenty of big fish. From the rivers of New Zealand, to the lakes of Sweden, to the tarpon-infested waters of Boca Grande, there’s plenty to keep you interested. And at the end are a couple of videos that will give you cause to think about what fishing means to you.

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!

River Sounds from Rolf Nylinder on Vimeo.

We kick things off with a contemplative little video from our pal Rolf Nylinder from Frontsidefly. We’re used to his maniacal laugh and all sorts of hijinks, but this one shows off Rolf’s softer side, as well as his silky voice and guitar playing.

Cold Days from Marcus Mattioli on Vimeo.

Here’s some great footage of cold-weather fishing in the waters around Bozeman, Montana. The editing, moving camera, and the way the music works with what’s on the screen are all very cool. There’s also something very unpretentious about this video that’s attractive.

Huge Airborne Tarpon Fly Fishing Boca Grande Florida from TrueFlies Fishing Clothing on Vimeo.

The first minute of the video is simply awesome. That’s one confident angler, but even he is stunned when the tarpon goes airborne.

Southbound and Down from Chrome Magnum Productions on Vimeo.

First of all, the name “Chrome Magnum Productions” is awesome, so I was predisposed to like this video. Luckily, the scenes of huge trout in New Zealand are just as impressive. It’s a true slabfest, and check out the huge brown following the hooked fish at 1:45.

Atlantic salmon season kickoff! from HOOKÉ on Vimeo.

It doesn’t take long for Fred Campbell of HOOKÉ to land his first Atlantic salmon of the season on the Miramichi in New Brunswick.

Slow and Steady from David Clifford on Vimeo.

This is simply gorgeous filmmaking. And do you know how we can tell it was made by professionals? It has a “production assistant.”

First day on the river from Staffan K on Vimeo.

This video about fly-fishing for sea trout in Älvkarleby, Sweden, warrants inclusion for its fine demonstration of how to swing a fly in a big river, for the synchronization of the fish strike with the high note in the song, and for the kickass shot of the dudes eating lunch. There are a few good fish, as well..

A bold musical choice provides the background to some sweet redfish action in the marshes off Charleston, South Carolina.

Early Spring on the SBR from Tightline Productions on Vimeo.

When I was in graduate school at Rutgers in the early 90s, I spent a ton of time on the South Branch of the Raritan River, so this tribute by Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions hits me right in the feels. New Jersey never looked so good as a fly-fishing destination.

Fishing3-23-13 from Justin Hamblin on Vimeo.

This video claims to be just “a few random clips,” but I think it makes for some fine entertainment.

Southern Fried Rewind from Southern Culture on the Fly on Vimeo.

We love us some Southern Culture on the Fly around here, and this mashup of a bunch of different trips is a lot of fun. Be warned that it kicks off with some adult-themed content. From where I sit, being part of SCOF looks like a blast.

Tor – Waiting around for a rise from Rolf Nylinder on Vimeo.

O happy day! We get not one, but two Rolf Nylinder entries, and this one features his brother(?) Tor trying to find rising fish in a lake. We do NOT recommend the fishing behavior in this video. Lightning is no joke, as any number of anglers will tell you. But the video is still a lot of fun.

Back In The Grass from Ryan Griffin on Vimeo.

Here’s some more Low Country redfish goodness, as a pair of anglers hit the first set of flood tides of the season on the new moon as water temps finally reached 60 degrees.

High Water Brown Trout, Bow River Calgary AB from Hopper-Stone Outfitters on Vimeo.

Here’s some killer Bow River brown-trout footage especially for those of you who miss 80s hair metal. A little Quiet Riot with my fly-fishing? Yes, please, if just for the cheese factor.

The Delta Equation 2 from Pacific Extremes on Vimeo.

Here’s another look at the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta from Ken Hanley and John Sherman. It’s amazing that such a diverse fishery exists in the middle of that population density.

River of Hope “The Wild Reverence Sessions” from North Fork Studios on Vimeo.

Many years ago, Ted Leeson introduced me to the writing of one of his students, John Larison, and since then, Larison’s work has received wide acclaim. Here’s a video of Larison discussing the destruction of his favorite fishing hole. This isn’t a fly-fishing video per se, but it contains themes and messages we can all relate to in some way.

“Frank Moore: Mending the Line” – Uncage the Soul Productions from IF4 on Vimeo.

Here’s an amazing video about a 90-year-old WWII veteran who has built a life around fly-fishing. It’s part of a campaign to make a documentary about him. Have a great weekend!

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