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The Fly Fishing Channel brings you the best fly fishing action from around the world. Whether you’re a beginner looking for advice or a more experienced fly angler looking for inspiration, there’s plenty to enjoy here.

Fly fishing is enjoyed by millions of anglers around the world today in numerous countries and for an ever expanding list of species. The advancements in tackle development have seen anglers pushing the boundaries with what is possible to catch and anglers have travelled to all corners of the globe to find the next big fly fishing adventure.

The sport actually dates back thousands of years, its origins being traced back to the Macedonians in the 2nd Century,  but it was in England in the 15th Century that fly fishing really took off. Thereafter followed Isaac Walton’s world famous book, The Compleat Angler which in its 5th edition featured 12 chapters from Charles Cotton entitled “Instructions How to Angle for Trout and Grayling in a Clear Stream”

Since then thousands of books have been written  about fly fishing and in more recent times, dedicated magazines published. The video age has brought us dedicated fly fishing TV shows and films and The Fly Fishing Channel is a home to some of the best ones of these.

What’s on the Channel

The Fly Fishing Channel covers a wide variety of programs and films covering all aspects of the sport including adventure films, documentaries, tuition, fly tying and more. Most content is English spoken however there are some excellent programs too in native language which carry English subtitles.

Trout

Trout are probably the most widely sought after species with a fly rod. The development and popularisation of the sport took place in England as described in our film Chalk. The Victorian’s love of trout fishing, saw them take trout around the world colonising them into New Zealand, Australia, Tasmania, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Afghanistan and Argentina. Brown trout were also taken to the US to live alongside the native rainbow and cutthroat and brook trout. Trout make the perfect species to target with fly fishing as they live on a wide variety of aquatic and terrestrial insects and small fish which can all be imitated by carefully tied fly patterns. Typically, trout fly patterns can be broken down into 4 distinct groups, dry flies, nymphs, streamers and wet flies.

Trout are voracious and opportunistic feeders but can also be picky and they are incredibly wary of anglers so much be approached with stealth. For these reasons, they represent a fantastic challenge for the fly angler.

Salmon

The Atlantic and Pacific Salmon are the ultimate freshwater quarry for fly anglers. After being born in the river, both Atlantic and Pacific species migrate to sea and put on significant weight and muscle before returning to the rivers in subsequent years and it is then that anglers target them. The Pacific Salmon covers 5 distinct species, Chinook, Coho, Chum, Sockeye and Pink. Salmon do not feed at all once enterring freshwater, their only instinct to reach the spawning grounds so its still not fully clear why they take an artificial fly at all but its believed to trigger a memory of what they ate in saltwater. Salmon flies commonly therefore represent shrimp or bait fish rather than anything that actually lives in the river.

Fly fishing for salmon often involves the use of large double handed rods which are needed to cover the large rivers that salmon migrate up. This involves a completely different casting style to that of trout rods and the ‘Spey’ cast was developed on the River Spey in Scotland a fantastic river that can be seen in Blue Charm.

The plight of salmon in recent years has been of great concern to anglers and conservationists alike as numbers of returning Atlantic Salmon have dropped significantly in recent years. Films like Salmon Confidential and Atlantic Salmon Lost at Sea highlight some of the many issues involved.

Saltwater

Saltwater fly fishing has exploded in recent years and anglers are still discovering new and exciting species to target on a fly rod. Traditionally, bonefish, tarpon and permit were known as the main saltwater flats species to target. Rods and lines with heavier weights are used to catch these hard fighting flats species with artificial flies imitating shrimp, crabs or small fish.

Fly fishing for offshore species such as sharks and bluefin tuna can also  provide some spectacular results and game fish such as marlin or sailfish can also be targeted by fly rods once brought within casting distance of the boat using teasers.

In the southern states of the US, redfish, snook and sea trout are also common species to target with fly rods in lagoons and inshore fisheries whilst in the UK, more and more anglers are taking up saltwater fly fishing and trying for bass and pollack.

In tropical regions, like Alphonse in the Indian Ocean, Giant Trevally have become one of the most sought after fly caught species. Growing to prodigious sizes, aggressive and powerful, they represent one of the ultimate challenges for the saltwater fly angler.

Tuition

Fly fishing is possibly the most technically difficult discipline in fishing. Learning fly casting generally requires one to one instruction and a lot of practice. For consistent success fly anglers need to be good casters to present their flies accurately and delicately and the ability to cast at distance can be an advantage in some situations. Once the basics have been learned, then watching videos like Casting That Fly can help develop your skills further.

For the trout and grayling angler a good grasp of entomology certainly helps when identifying insect hatches and being able to match the hatch with the right pattern.

Fly Tying

Many fly anglers derive a great deal of pleasure from tying their own flies and using these rather than shop bought imitations. There’s just a little more satisfaction deceiving a fish on one of your own creations! Tying your own also enables the fly angler to develop his own patterns or variations of established patterns. Some anglers may be a little intimidated when starting fly tying so video series like Fly Tying Secrets could help you get started. The channel has specific series on salmon, trout, pike and saltwater fly patterns so go hit the bench!

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Arctic Waters is a fantastic new series from fishing crazed country, Finland where over half of the population actually go fishing!  The team which includes Juhani Henriksson and Hollywood actor, Jasper Paakonnen visit various locations in Finland, Sweden, Russia and beyond. The show not only showcases some fantastic destinations and...
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Seasoned fly fishing guide, Josh Nugent and worldwide fly fisherman Richard French head from Calgary, Canada to the Spanish Pyrennees to follow in the footsteps of Ernest Hemmingway. They have been set a number of challenges that they need to fulfil and in attempting to do so, encounter unforgettable adventures,...
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Trout fishing in British Columbia's best waters. Over two years in the making with a production bar set so high that some said it couldn't be done. Fly Fusion Television is comprised of six episodes all shot with the latest 4K technology and complimented by drones, helicopters and multiple cinematographers....
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Watch Fly Nation series 2 with more great action from the Canadian based Fly Nation team, as they visit some fantastic fishing locations around the world. A Cuban grand slam, Golden trout in Alberta's Rocky Mountains and the Salmon rivers of New Brunswick are a few of the highlights they...
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The Fly Nation team are a collection of young anglers based in Canada who travel to some of the most exciting and rewarding fly fishing destinations around the world. Starring April Vokey, each episode is a video diary of their exploits and they share their skills, methods and sense of...
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Join FishingTV's Rae Borras, star of Game Fisher's Diary, as he travels to Britain's great rivers to explore the social, cultural and angling stories of these historic waterways. Making his way from source to the sea, he meets with local experts who (hopefully) show him the best of the fishing...
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Icelandic Tails brings some of the best fly fishing around from the land of fire and ice. This 6 part series, produced and narrated by Eggert Skulason,   visits some of the best rivers in Iceland in search of Atlantic Salmon, Sea Trout, Arctic Char and Brown Trout. Featuring different...
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Over the past decade, Confluence Films have become one of the most highly regarded producers of fly fishing movies worldwide. This series is their complete collection. Each film features stunning cinematography and brings us some fantastic freshwater and saltwater fly fishing footage from all corners of the globe. The films...
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Rae Borras has been fishing since he was a small boy and in this series he travels the world indulging his passion for fly fishing. From the Hampshire Avon - where his love affair with the salmon began - to the tropical waters of the Maldives, by way of Iceland,...
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The backcountry of New Zealand holds a special place in the heart of all Kiwis. "Going bush" is a national past-time, and Kiwi fly fishers like nothing better than the sun on their backpack, the cold touch of a mountain stream and the opportunity of sight fishing to giant trout in...
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Beyond the Rise is a wonderful short series with fly angler Tony Jay as he fishes the English Chalkstreams.
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Casting is the core skill of any fly fisherman, so its worth getting it right from the outset. This two-part mini-series joins master casting instructor Lars Christian Bentsen as he takes us througth the basics, beginning with setting up the rod and reel and working his way though roll casts and...
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For many the Atlantic Salmon is the ultimate fly fishing quarry, and that might be, in part at least, down the the fact that the reasons a salmon takes a fly remain mysterious. Despite this, there are some tried and tested techniques that seem to work all over the world. ...
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A fantastic series of 6 shows about fly fishing for tarpon in Florida  
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When I appear at fly-fishing and vintage tackle shows, many of the questions I’m asked fall into distinct categories. So I’ve put together these little videos that will hopefully answer most of your queries. In this series, I’ll demonstrate how to tie some of my flies and the materials I...
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Learn the techniques and subtleties of Kebari, Tenkara fly-tying. Tenkara is similar to western fly fishing in many respects, in particular in its use of hand tied flies. Find out how each of the classic Tenkara flies is created, and give them a try on your local river.
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Ace caster and instructor Eoin Fairgrieve demonstrates the techniques required to master some of his favourite speycasts. 
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This series of four films takes a look at four of the stillwater fisheries that belong to the Wessex Water group of fisheries. These include reservoirs set in the beautiful west of England and include opportunities for both fly and coarse fishing.
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John Haenke leads the Fishing Downunder team as they showcase the great fly fishing to be found around Australia, they aim to inspire you to get out doors with family and friends and enjoy what is on offer. Together with local experts they demonstate fishing techniques and tactics that can be...
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24 excellent salmon fly patterns tied by expert fly dressers, Karl Humphries and Iain Wilson.
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Learn how to tie the best stillwater trout patterns in the UK
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If you've ever fancied tying your own fly but were put off by tricky knots and thread whipping skills, this free series from Paul Gaskell and John Pearson is just what you need. As well as sharing their own early trials (learning the hard way!), the pair show you some...
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Meet some of the characters whose lives are inextricably linked to the world of Fly & Game Fishing. They reveal some of their secrets and stories and give an insight into the experiences they have enjoyed.
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In this free series of short videos Rae Borras and a number of other fly fishing experts talk us through some of the essentials of fly fishing, from casting to tackle.
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Nick Hart is a full-time fly fishing instructor who will help you get the most from the sport through his Fly Fishing School series, made exclusively for FishingTV. His guiding and tuition is extensive throughout all aspects of fly fishing, both home and abroad. Nick Hart's Fly Fishing School...
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Rob Hughes and Andy Ford's popular fishing show covering a wide range of fishing in the British Isles  
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Jo Stephenson, who reached the semifinals of the BBC's "The Big Fish" has created a selection of great looking predator flies. Here she presents four pike flies and carefully shows you all the techniques and materials needed so that you too can tie them.
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Most fly fishers will tell you that fly fishing brings them closer to nature than any other activity. As humans, leaving the comforts of civilisation behing and venturing in the wild spaces brings release, a sense of place and understanding. This understanding and commitment to wild places is what defines fly...
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Pure Fly is an 8 part series in which each episode follows a different pair of anglers as they explore one of the incredible fly fishing opportunities that New Zealand has to offer, from the trout fishing Meccas of the backcountry for trophy rainbow and brown trout to newly discovered...
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The River Dee is one of the most celebrated salmon rivers in the UK, and with good reason. Rising in the Cairngorn Mountains at nearly 4000 feet above sea-level before flowing into the North Sea via Aberdeen harbour. This series of short films is a stunningly shot guide to...
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Jo Stephenson, who reached the semifinals of the BBC's "The Big Fish" has created a selection of great looking predator flies. Here she presents four saltwater flies and carefully shows you all the techniques and materials needed so that you too can tie them. 
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For many fishermen the sea trout is a prized quarry - their lifecycle is yet to be fully understood, and they have a reputation as wily, hard fighting fish. Add in the fact that the hours of darkness are often the best time to fish for sea trout and you...
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Watch Don and Dale Freschi as they present some amazing fly fishing action from British Columbia and beyond. This show is great for novice and experienced fly anglers as the Freschi brothers present tactics, location and techniques as well as some nice fly tying sequences in each epsiode of their...
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If you looking to learn to fly fish,   this is a great series for you. The variety of waters and conditions that trout anglers can find themselves in is almost infinite, so having the right knowledge and skills is essential to give the best chance of hooking a fish. ...
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For many the art of tying flies is an integral part of fly fishing, while for others it is enough to wonder at the skill of those who tie flies, and we're quite happy to part with a little cash in exchange for the fruits of their labours. In this...
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The Fishing TV Show is a 24 episode series featuring Rae Borras and Ian 'Chilly' Chillcott as hosts.  Each episode the pair enjoy a day's fishing with a variety of expert anglers across all genres of the sport, whilst introducing a selection of  highlights, short clips, hints and tips to...
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For many fly fishing is more than just a sport; it is an all consuming passion. This passion drives them to live extraordinary adventures as they chase big fish in exotic countries all over the planet. THE SOURCE SERIES celebrates and shares this spirit by bringing angling adventures to life...
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In this three part series Wild On The Fly magazine travels around North America on the hunt for some of the most sought after species in the world. From the frozen Arctic to the tropics of Mexico, this series brings the same ethos of great photography and fascinating content...
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WTT works to protect and restore wild trout habitat 
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