Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 02.12.21

Welcome to the latest edition of the fishingsifu News Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing videos available and then serve them up for you to enjoy. This week, we serve up a baker’s dozen videos, which will take you around the world–from New Zealand’s North Island to Finnish Lappland, and from Pennsylvania to Montana.

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.

We kick things off with the trailer for an upcoming film about British Columbia’s famed Bulkley-Skeena Valley. “Leap Year” explores the river and the colorful characters of this culture as it begs the question: who will carry on these traditions if the migrations come to a screeching halt? Warning: One bad word.
Bristol Bay is a special place, full of wonders that will help you understand why it needs protection.
Here’s a great lesson on how to make a sweet fly-fishing video with no fish in it. Finland, I think.
You don’t often think of Taiwan as a tarpon destination, but here it is.
Some central Pennsylvania small-stream action.
A fly-fishing competition in Ireland makes for a surprisingly gorgeous video.
Christopher Cau had a pretty good season in 2020.
This is an ad, but it’s also a sweet story of a boy’s first time fly fishing.
You use the Belgian cast to catch these pike.
Here’s a little Madison magic to cure your winter blues.
Just half a minute of Show Me State goodness.
Would you like to see a grown man cry?
I call this one “A Scotsman in Mexico.” Great visuals!

5 thoughts on “Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 02.12.21”

  1. Language pedant here, Phil. You’re using the phrase “begs the question” incorrectly. In your role as an editor you should know better. 🙂

    1. While you are technically correct as the phrase relates to rhetoric, Stephen, I believe that you will find that the more current, “incorrect” meaning of the phrase is now listed first by most dictionaries, including the OED. Diachronic linguistics–the study of a language through different periods in history, as identified by Swiss linguist Ferdinand de Saussure in his Course in General Linguistics (1916)–tells us that meanings change over time based on usage. Surely you wouldn’t today refer to a housewife as a “hussy,” right? So the vast majority of English speakers read “beg the question” to mean “raise a question or point that has not been dealt with; invite an obvious question,” unless in the context of formal rhetoric. As an editor, my main concern is whether or not the reader understands the meaning, rather than hewing to a particular orthodoxy. We all have our nits we like to pick, of course, and this is clearly one of yours. One of mine is incorrect use of the subjunctive, which is similarly becoming acceptable through usage.


  2. Not sure if this will meet your quality standards but short video on landing a nice wild rainbow on the Willamette river in Oregon using a mop fly.