Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 12.20.13


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, sixteen 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!


There is almost no fly-fishing in this video, but it is such a gorgeous evocation of the Iliamna region of Alaska (where I used to guide) that i wanted to lead off with it. The video showcases the scenery of Iliamna Lake and shows some of the 2013 research of the Alaska Salmon Program’s Iliamna Lake research station, one of four main facilities in Southwest Alaska.


Simply beautiful footage from autumn in Slovenia, featuring trout and grayling.


Sweet redfish footage from the folks at Low Country Journal.


Great stuff from an unnamed desert stream in the Pacific Northwest.


These guys are called the Salmon Junkies, and this video makes clear why. Some absolutely stunning stuff here.


The best way to find good steelheading is to find those places where other anglers don’t go.


The joys of wintertrout fishing in the small streams of Pennsylvania.


Meet five brothers on their fly-fishing adventures in Norwegian mountains and river valleys.


Huge brook trout eating mouse patterns in the Algoma region of Ontario.

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There’s a reason folks go to the Skeena for steelhead. Because it’s awesome.


A solo mission in a drift boat on the Yellowstone River in Paradise Valley involves a sweet rainbow.


Some great Atlantic-salmon action from the end of June 2013 on the beautiful Ste-Anne’s River.


Spies, communists, and redfish populate this little slice of weirdness.


A snowy adventure on the Bighorn River, with members of the Tuesday Tyers Club.


A bit of a throwback here: a new video about some urban steelheading in Cleveland from 2009.


Great stuff from the hills just north of Wellington, New Zealand.


We finish up with an awesome 30 minutes of fly-fishing for tarpon out of Islamorada.

5 thoughts on “Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 12.20.13

  1. John L.

    Thanks for the videos. At 4:36 of the Alaska Salmon Program video, what are they doing with the salmon? Are they spawned out fish? How did they obtain all those salmon and what did they do with them? It looks like the salmon are dead. This looks like a gross destruction of the resource unless the salmon are spawned out and already deceased.

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    1. Phil Monahan Post author

      Hi John,

      As the description of the video states, the Alaska video shows some of the 2013 research of the Alaska Salmon Program’s Iliamna Lake research station. Those are scientists who are studying the sockeyes. Based on the condition of the fish–pretty spawned-out–I’m sure it was extremely easy to catch them by hand or with a net. And as for the resource, these rivers are so unbelievably fertile and full of salmon, the number of dead fish here would be just a tiny drop in the bucket. When I guided on the Copper River, a stream small enough that you could cast across it with a good double haul received an annual run of 100,000 sockeyes.

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