Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 11.15.13


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 great selection this week, eighteen more videos that will take you to amazing angling destinations.

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 some great stuff from New Zealand from a Swede, Robert Håkansson. The shot of a leaping trout at 1:41 is astonishing.


From the Southern Hemisphere to the North: Terrace, British Columbia, is an amazing place for snow sports, as well as for fly fishing, and this video combines the two beautifully.


Here’s a great video of big-game anglers chasing bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean. It’s long, at almost 17 minutes, but you’ll get the flavor by watching just the first five. I think I’d hyperventilate when faced by the incredible blitzes on display.


Sometimes the fishing for silver salmon in Alaska can be so good that it’s almost too easy. But it’s still a blast, as these are hard-fighting, high-jumping silver bullets. Some big rainbows here, as well.


This video about seatrout fishing in Denmark features some astounding visuals, including. . .Oh my God, double rainbow!


The most fun way to catch redfish is on topwater flies, and this video shows some Louisiana reds crushing poppers.


Another great production from Fly Fish the Mitt, masters of Michigan, who can jam a lot of action into 1:20 of video.


Our favorite split-cane enthusiast from North Cornwall hikes in to a beautiful lake where the wild browns are on the feed.


Here’s a moody video about fly fishing for grayling on the Vienne River near Saint Léonard de Noblat, France.


We’ve featured several videos by Australia’s Jono Shales, but this is the first in which he chases sailfish. You can feel the rush when the fish takes to the air.


This one will get your heart racing and then elicit one of those groans we all know so well.


Here’s a darkly beautiful video, made by an English street-theatre company, about the obsession of Atlantic salmon anglers.


One man, one camera, one fish, one pretty video. Dig it.


Here’s the latest from Ken Hanley and co. at Pacific Extremes, this time catching stillwater trout on the flats.


Glenda Powell is a world-champion fly casting instructor in Ireland, and this video focuses on her lifelong fascination with the sport.


This video chronicles 10 weeks of fishing, camping, kayaking, trekking and exploring northern Scandinavia. The middle section is non-fly-fishing, but it’s still very cool.


Here’s a quiet little video from western North Carolina that captures the regular-guy experience on the water beautifully.


Here’s the full documentary “Casting a Voice,” which examines the value of the Skeena River and its fish, as well as the steadily growing risks it faces to development and energy transportation proposals. It’s beautifully done and contains an important message.

12 thoughts on “Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 11.15.13

    1. Patrick

      I second Brent’s comment. No one wants a pipeline in their backyard (I live in Maine and no one wants a wind farm in their backyard either…), and some of those people are right. It sounds like some in the Canadian Govt want to throw stones in the fragilest of glasses houses.

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    2. Phil Monahan Post author

      Hi Brent, I understand your comment, but keep in mind that the Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival is far and away the most popular post of the Fly Fishing blog. (Which means that it gets the greatest number of eyeballs.) So by putting it here, I can ensure that the most people see it.

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  1. Jon Atherton

    Loved the Skeena Film. But horrible to hear Mr Crosby characterize Britain as private and off limits. Nothing could be further from the truth. There are large tracts of very accessible wild country across Scotland, England and Wales where a fly fisher can walk and fish. Even the private salmon beats are mostly all bookable on line, all be they at a price. A shame to see such misinformation.

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