Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 07.12.13


Written by: Phil Monahan

Welcome to a new edition of the Orvis News Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing videos available. We have a killer selection this week, fifteen more videos that will take you around the world. Thanks to our awesome intern, Grant White, for taking over curatorial duties of the F5 last week; he did a great job.

For best results, watch all videos at full-screen and in high definition. 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 F5, please post it in the comments below, and we’ll take a look. And don’t forget to check in regularly at The Tug, the Orvis online video theater. See you next week with a fresh set of films!


We kick things off with an amazing trailer for an upcoming film about the astonishing saltwater fishing at the Alphonse and St. Francois atolls in the Seychelles. There is some serious heart-pumping action here, and I can’t wait to see this finished film.


Here’s another killer trailer, this time for a film that explores why we fish for trophies. This is from Gin Clear Media, the folks who brought us “Hatch,” so you know it’s gonna be good.


This is just gorgeous stuff from Idaho’s Silver Creek, with gorgeous trout, beautiful scenery, and a killer Great Lake Swimmers soundtrack.


At first, this looks like just a regular fly-fishing video, with nothing really special about it. Then you see the fish! Holy crap, what is that thing? This was shot in France, but that’s all I know. What kind of cat is that?


Straight-up Go Pro videos are sort of passé, but there are still folks who do them well. This footage of stalking redfish in the Low Country marsh does a great job of capturing the experience.


Stripers in Canada? Who knew? The folks from Hooké chase linesiders in the salt before they travel to the Bonaventure River for some Atlantic salmon action. As with all their films, this one features stunning visuals and big fish.


Here’s a short, quick look at dry-fly fishing on the famed Delaware system in New York’s Catskill Mountains. At just over a minute, this one wastes no time getting to the good stuff.


Just across the Delaware, these filmmakers are focused on the Keystone State and all that it has to offer anglers. There are some really beautiful fish on display here.


Meanwhile, in Cuba, they apparently have a few tarpon and some other saltwater game fish worth chasing. When asked if his legs are still shaking after landing a tarpon, one guy says, “All my body is shaking.” Indeed.


What do you get when you combine the bug of the year with the newest craze in fly fishing? You get carp eating cicadas on the surface. Very cool stuff from the guys at Southern Culture on the Fly.


I love Luke Bannister’s videos, both for the actual fishing and the mellow vibe. This video catalogs a day’s fly fishing in Devon, on the river Torridge.


Meanwhile, in Norway, Torkjel Landås and friends chase Atlantic salmon amid towering cliffs. Want.


The high-country lakes of Colorado have gotten plenty of play on the blog, through the images and videos of Jon Hill, but here’s another group who enjoy tramping above 10,000 feet. The fish they catch make it all worthwhile.


This short video of an angler catching a grayling in Norway is most notable for the awesome zoom shot from above after he lands the fish. I’ve never seen that shot before, and I dig it.


Finally, here’s yet another great trailer, this time for an upcoming short film called “Trout Country,” which will highlight the season so far in Montana: “From Skwalas on the bitterroot to PMD hatches on the Missouri.”

8 thoughts on “Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 07.12.13

  1. solocanoe

    “thank you” seems woefully inept…but I do thank you, Phil.
    These Friday clips are the perfect unwind and lullabye – as I await the dawn, my own gear already packed.

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  2. broc_oliver

    Hi. I’m glad you put my catfishes on the fly vid on your website.
    What sort of catfish: the european one. They appear in the earlier 20th century in France, but the “baby-boom” of the catfishes begans on the 80′s: they accidently invade first the Saône river and then the other by canals…and by the fishers who put them in lakes and rivers too ! French cats fishers love the struggles they give and the weight and the lenght of that fish: the “silure” (french name) can +100kg weighs and +2,50m tall. It’s the big one in France!
    Catfish on the fly is… magical especially on the DRY fly!
    My 2 friends and I caught 42 of them in 5 days. The shorter was 0.96 meter tall, and the biggest I caught was 2,16 m. All of them released, of course.

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