another small stream escapade gem from Luke Bannister, a little something to wet the lips for those of us looking forward to another upcoming trout season. enjoy !
if like me you’re a little befuddled by the present and consterned we can’t go into the future, then maybe a little trip in the past might do the trick and balance things out.
at one hour and thirty-seven minutes long, be sure to set aside the time to see it in full, it’s a nice place to get lost. enjoy !
first of all, Bhutan’s here-
secondly, filmed somewhere around 1996/97, perhaps a quasi-prehistoric era by contemporary fly fishing film standards, this adventure to what’s basically an unheard of trout fishing location brings us back to basics; there are no bells and whistles, gopros or drones that attempt to intensify the viewer’s experience.
what we do get however, is an honest and simple documentary of what must have been a unique and extremely rewarding experience: the kind that can’t be forgotten or compared to another.
its thirty minutes long so please reserve a quiet time to view this. actual fishing starts seventeen minutes in but then, and they do find gorgeous brown trout, that’s just a reminder that it’s all/mostly about the journey.
thirdly, enjoy !
in the UK the ‘traditional’ way to fish Spiders/North Country Wets/soft hackles is upstream or across stream and that’s how i like to fish them best. it doesn’t have anything to do with the tradition aspect because i couldn’t care less about tradition but because this manner presents the fly(s) in a dead drift/natural way just as one would with a typical dry fly. from that perspective, the two, wets and dries are fished exactly the same, the only difference is the unweighted wets are either drifting just under the water’s surface film on faster water or just a little bit deeper on slower flows.
Luke Bannister‘s great just-out video shows us the up and across on pretty slow water to sighted fish holding under the surface and not rising to eat. true to form, Luke’s videos are always in gorgeous settings with gorgeous trout, all to the soundtrack courtesy of some lovely little winged musicians: a real treat.
watch it to relax, get excited or to learn, whichever way, it’s all good. enjoy !
you can go all DIY and carve your very own EDC BoneFishing rod ! coming out soon will be a carbon-reinforced sinew reel to complete this outstanding outfit, until then, let’s enjoy something quite novel.
ps- note the complete absence of bone loading yet very nice and tight loops. it kinda makes one wonder why loading and unloading a fly rod is so often referred to as the end-all in fly casting.
from casting to mending to striking and line retrieval/fighting to landing and releasing, to her focussed attitude and cool and calm demeanor, (be sure to turn up the volume at 1:10 of the first clip to hear her simply say “I’ll catch a bigger one” after her fish came off), little Maddy’s already acquired an enormous amount of angling skills which could serve as an example for anglers of all age groups and levels.
i seem to write this every time i post an article in this series but i really mean it: this little girl’s really special and i’d also like to extend a BIG congrats to Daddy, you’ve done an awesome job !
all us older people love seeing kids fly fish but as always, the brainwashem’ young series is maybe mostly there to be shared with the little ones in your life for them to find inspiration from their peers.
because more is better, here’s another outing from earlier on in the year. enjoy !
we’re given thirty but after some thought the real numbers are unlimited.
there’s nothing to say that this short film by Berthold Baule and Martin Clemm doesn’t say on its own so please set aside nine minutes to watch it and maybe a few more to think about what you just saw.
this is very special, enjoy !
its only a minute long but its a really good minute.
this is the stuff all of us fly fishers live for so there isn’t anything else to say except, enjoy !
“is the classic experience that most anglers have when they get out on the water alone, with fly rod and fish and nature in its solitude. A magic window of time and space opens up for pure reflection.”
can’t disagree with that. subtitled ‘Women in Fly Fishing’, all i see is a fisher having a really nice day, not someone who’s trying to look like they’re having a really nice day, and that’s really nice.
most fishing videos bore me to tears but this one brings out a nice, genuine, deep-down smile.
as a friend put it, “A more accurate representation of fly fishing than most, I think.”
it’s not like they should all be like this but i wish a lot more where. enjoy !
“Giant Trevally are a predatory fish that have even been known to eat birds. This video is proof that they also eat bird flies made from flip flops that wash up on the shore. Shot on location at Farquhar Atoll in the Seychelles on November 16th, 2015.”
not only amusing and inspiring, this is a great reminder that ‘matching the hatch‘ isn’t just about bugs. enjoy !
Big Joe Turner being the great man that he was had of course envisioned this event…
giving in to a high-paced life and multitasking is not only stupid and inefficient but sucks out the life we have in us so, take your time and enjoy ! this little gem from french crew 9p#5 media.
to see what all the tarpon hype is about just wait a minute and a half… enjoy ![vimeo 128266738 w=1100]
“In a cottage in northern Scotland, Megan Boyd twirled bits of feather, fur, silver and gold into elaborate fishing flies – at once miniature works of art and absolutely lethal. Wherever men and women cast their lines for the mighty Atlantic salmon, her name is whispered in mythic reverence and stories about her surface and swirl like fairy tales.
With breathtaking cinematography and expressive, hand-painted animation, this film both adheres to and escapes from traditional documentary form, spinning the facts and fictions of one woman’s life into a stunning meditation on solitude, love, and its illusions.”
Kiss the Water, embrace the beauty. this one’s more than special.
reserve yourself an hour and be sure to watch it in full screen HD. enjoy !
EDIT– sorry folks, the video has been removed.
hopefully its replacement will be available soon. stay tuned !
just like a butterfly.
want some eye candy ? well here you go, enjoy !
real love doesn’t come in a box…
thanks for sharing these special moments with us, Brian.
the video below isn’t much of a review in itself but it sums up all the important features and the film’s lovely location is a perfect example of where this new Barrio line shines like a star.
its short yet very stabile and well proportioned head design lets anglers of all levels easily get the fly where it should go in these tight spaces, whether we’re using aerial or rolls or spey casts.
i used this line model extensively throughout the past season in 3, 4 and 5wts and the great first impressions with each one haven’t changed a bit: i very highly recommend it.
available in tan or light olive from sizes 1 to 5, click either pic for more info and user reviews on the Barrio site.
at 27£ ( 34€ – 43US$) including fast shipping anywhere in the world this one’s a no brainer.
in french, mouche (pronounced moosh) means fly.
this little fishing film is from our fly fishing sisters and brothers in Québec, Canada.
you’ll have noticed that i don’t post a lot of fishing films because
a- a lot of other blogs do that quasi-exclusively but mostly
b- although i live and breathe this stuff, the vast majority of fishing films suck or rather, the fisher’s attitudes suck. to these suckers, catching a fish is as if, well, i don’t know but all that whooping and hollering, fist-pumping and high-fiving all to the tune of some hardcore gibberish tune to enhance the moment doesn’t do it for me. whatever it is, it doesn’t look sincere and if it is its really a sad and really boring thing.
now, lets have a look at our Mouche friends when they hook up, present their fish to the camera and let it go. they smile and that smile is genuine and beautiful.
as my Mémé used to say, “smiles go a long way, much further than shouts”…
“Growing up where the rivers where virtually always chocolate brown, I dreamed of crystal clear mountain streams that I occasionally got glimpses of on TV and in books. I finally got to the most beautiful crystal clear stream with my good friend and fishing buddy”
filmed in South Africa here’s a drop-dead gorgeous environment with what appears to be a very healthy and eager population of rainbow trout. the stuff that dreams are made of…
this one’s a real gem, enjoy !
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by Jono Shales
man, that’s way too much work….
wonderfully unpolluted by intense music and images of big fish, this aesthetic short from Stefan Agren ends in a smile and its a really nice one. enjoy !
here’s one of the weirdest fishing clips of the year. enjoy !