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2016 Fly Fishing Film Tour Review>>

October 16, 2016

Last week I was lucky enough to take get break from school and drive down to Mountain Home, Arkansas for the IFFF Southern Council Fly Fishing Fair. It was a good time as usual. I was able to catch up with old friends, learn something new, and watch the 2016 Fly Fishing Film Tour.

Here’s what I thought of it:

 

In a word, awe inspiring. Okay, that’s two words, because it was twice as good as I’d expected. Each film had some incredible shots using the latest in technology. Sometimes they had me wondering just how they got lucky enough to get the footage they had. The variety of the collection was great too. There were saltwater films and coldwater films; plus films from the depths of the jungle to the wide open African Savannah. The tour showcased incredible fish as well such as blue marlin, golden dorado, milkfish, and tiger fish. Overall the variety, professionalism, and atmosphere of these films truly showcased fly fishing as a sport and hobby.

 

#1) Tidewater

In short this film was about an incredible new saltwater fly fishing opportunity that has been opening up of the coast of Virginia. Yes, that’s right, Virginia, this selection shows that you can still find new, exciting adventures in the states; something a lot of people don’t consider possible anymore. These pioneers of fly fishing chase massive bill fish in deep water. There are plenty of awesome shots of marlin peeling the backing off of reels and jumping hundreds of yards from the boat.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

 

#2) Jungle Angler: Legend of el Dorado

You can probably guess what this film is about just by the name, but I’m gonna give you brief summary anyways, because that’s what I do. This film

combined the ancient history of Dorado (a beautiful golden fish that is becoming quite popular among anglers) with the modern popularity that this incredible fish has. The film aired some of the most breathtaking, acrobatic jumps I have ever seen. These slow motion shots had the entire audience gasping. Rivaling tarpon, these fish flew multiple feet in the air while shaking their massive jaws; like a gigantic largemouth bass, but with teeth.

Rating: 5 out of 5 (loved it)

 

#3) Chanos Chanos (Milkfish)

Saltwater fly fisherman are always looking for a new challenge. In “Chanos Chanos”, they got one. This incredible film shows the power and strength of this new flats quarry, Milkfish. They show plenty of footage of these fish making reels scream and bending rods double. On the other hand they also show plenty of footage of fish making them scream due to their elusiveness and difficulty to hook. These guys have definitely opened the world up to a whole new dimension of flats fishing.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5


 

#4) Finding Fontinalis

This film was very well made and well thought out, though it was a bit tedious. It was my least favorite of all the films though it was still really well made. It seemed more about the story behind the fishing than the fishing itself. Although it did represent some of the greatest coldwater fly fishing on the planet. Patagonia is loaded with incredible fisheries and this film explored some of the best the area has to offer. If you enjoy the history of fly fishing and the stories behind the stories then you’d enjoy this selection.

Rating: 3 out of 5 (just not my thing)

 

 

#5) Turning Points North

Pike are an incredible fish, one that seems absurdly underrated. I think this film proved that point perfectly. It shows some awesome fishing in the northern lakes that make up the dreams of streamer junkies. Some of the fish caught in this film made my draw drop. The anglers landed some incredible doubles probably totally nearly 100 inches with just two fish. The slow motion shots of massive pike inhaling massive streamers make this selection truly impressive.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5  

 

#6) The Scandinavian Way

Here we have the comic relief of the night, and boy did this film do a good job. I don’t want to spoil any of the solid one liners for you so I’ll keep this short. It was a great comedy for the modern fly fisherman who has an understanding of the different aspects between American and English fly fishing. There was plenty of fly fishing specific jokes that made the crowd laugh out loud. It was definitely a nice break from the more serious stuff.   

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

 

#7) Chrome

It wouldn’t be a fly fishing event without one of the most popular and sentimental fish on the planet, steelhead. This film accurately shows the

patients required to catch one of these magnificent fish. However, in doing so, I felt this selection was a little bit slow and at times even a little boring. Overall it showed the impact that one fish can have, how one cast can change a day from bad, to good, to great.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

 

#8) Geobass: Destination Guyana

If you have ever watched anything by Geobass then you know they’re a little bit out there. And if you’ve never watched anything by Geobass then you need to stop reading this immediately and do that. Naturally the Geobass guys chose one of the most alien fish on the planet to chase, Arapaima. Not to mention probably one of the most remote fish on the planet too. A third of this movie is their trek into where they intend to fish. The other two thirds is crazy footage of them fighting, losing, and landing fish longer than I am tall. Arapaima are amazing fish that take dedicated anglers to catch, only Geobass could present such great footage in such difficult conditions.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

 

#10) Water is Life

This selection takes the audience to three of the best fly fishing destinations this great Earth has to offer. First, Jurassic Lake, in Patagonia, if this fishery isn’t on your bucket list then you have some serious life decisions to rethink. The rainbows from Jurassic Lake rival any in the world. They grow obscenely large making even the most traveled angler jealous. The second stop in this film are the Seychelles, a saltwater paradise for serious flats fisherman. This extremely diverse area boasts one of the most powerful saltwater fish you can target with a fly rod, massive GT’s (Giant Trevally). Finally, the famed tiger fish. Aptly named for their massive, imposing teeth. These beasts inhabit some incredible environments in Africa. The film introduces the surrounding cultures, animals, and of course wicked footage of tiger fish.

Rating: 5 out of 5

 

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5

 

 

 

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