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 while I was in Montana; 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 a short film produced and edited by Mike Mazzoni, highlighting the fly-fishing experience found at Falcon’s Ledge in Utah. Like all the best promos, it’s not full of talking heads or cheesy narration. It just gives you the good stuff. Mike did ask me to include a plug for the band you hear in this video, Walking Oceans. Check them out.
The giant trevally is a species I’ve never seen in person, but it’s on my bucket list. The guys from FlyCastaway do a great job of capturing the exotic location and the heart-pumping fishing action. Warning: a bit of salty language.
This is a killer video about fishing the stonefly hatch, but it contains one of the weirdest shots we’ve ever seen in the F5, something that comes straight out of a horror movie. You’ll know it when you see it. . .and it might haunt your dreams.
I had no idea that such amazing brook-trout fishing was available in central Oregon. I love the shot of the fish streaking out from under the log to hammer a dry fly, and that fish at the end is a real trophy that any squaretail aficionado can appreciate.
Fly-fishing for king salmon requires serious tackle, and Spey rods are becoming increasingly popular. This video from western Alaska also features chum salmon and some big rainbow trout.
Y’all know I can’t resist a Murray cod video from the Land Down Under. This one shows how differently the fish react, with less aggression, to flies in the colder water of winter. What’s cool is that you can actually see them chase and strike the fly.
At 12-1/2 minutes, this one’s a little long, but it’s full of interesting stuff from a week-long trip to Andros Island in The Bahamas. From great fishing, to local color, to dancing in the bar, it looks like a good time was had by all.
This is a kind of cool project in which videographers try to recreate memories. In this case, it’s an angler’s recollections of fishing with his dad in the 1950s. It was a simpler time, as you’ll see.
The picture quality isn’t very good here, but I found it amazing that a tigerfish will strike a fly seemingly forever until it finally gets hooked. Even a pike will usually give up after two or three swings and misses.
It’s incredible how well you can see the fish in New Zealand’s ultra-clear streams. Here’s the story of two big fish from the West Coast of the South Island.
Meanwhile, in Western Jutland, Denmark, photographer Jonas Høholt has shot some amazing footage of feeding rainbow trout. He lands a few of these beauties, as well.
Here’s a short trailer for what should be a very cool film from Alphonse Island. We featured a longer teaser two weeks ago in the F5, in case you missed it.
Regular readers of the F5 are aware of how great both the fishing and the scenery can be in Norway, and Lotte Aulom (a.k.a. Reelgirl) finds some of both here.
Simply gorgeous filmmaking from Italian filmmakers Movi-mediaHD is on display here. There’s not much in the way of plot or fast-paced action, but the production values are through-the-roof good.
We finish up with another long look at a trip to Andros, this time from Stripset Productions. If you watch both videos from The Bahamas today, you may find yourself perusing airfares for next winter. Have a great weekend!