CHALK – Bedrock of Fly Fishing
The Test, The Itchen, Broadlands, Mottisfont, Halford, Skues and Sawyer are all names associated with the chalkstreams of England and amongst the most noteworthy in the world of fly fishing. CHALK is a feature length film about the past present and future of the chalkstreams of England and how their very existence shaped the sport of fly fishing. We meet the people who continue to fish and care for these storied rivers, while learning about the techniques that Halford, Skues and Sawyer invented. In addition to visiting the famous rivers and beats, we also travel to some lesser-known rivers. CHALK is a thoughtful examination of why the chalkstreams of England are probably the most important rivers in the history and development of fly fishing. From the geology that created the rivers and their abundant plant and animal life - including the legendary mayfly hatch - to the characters past, present and future who make these rivers unique, this is the definitive chalkstream fly fishing film. The film celebrates the rivers while also drawing attention to the threats and challenges facing these fragile environments. CHALK was narrated by actor and keen fly angler, James Murray and features some of the most recognisable names and faces in the UK fly fishing world, including Marina Gibson, Alex Jardine, Steve Cullen, Glen Pointon and Charles Rangeley Wilson, as well as anglers from all over the world. The expert voices and thoughtful voiceover complement the stunning cinematography, combining to tell the story of these precious waterways that have shaped a sport. CHALK was created by Fishing TV, independent filmmakers aka Chalkstream Fly, and fly fishing writer Simon Cooper. Members of the international fly fishing community helped to fund the production, setting CHALK apart from other films about the sport. A must-watch for all fly fishers the world over. To watch, just login or register
Night of the Hex
As June arrives in the American Midwest it ushers in the emergence of the Michigan mayfly, Hexagenia Limbata. This prolific hatch takes place at night and with it brings out the biggest trout to gorge this feast. This is truly a unique fishing experience and can offer an angler both heartbreak and the possibility of a trophy brown trout. Follow four Midwestern fly fisherman through various obstacles as they chase this hatch and hunt these large brown trout under the cover of night. "Night of the Hex" offers a rare glimpse of fishing this rarely filmed event.
Welcome to Iceland
Meet Jan, Jonas and Lukas Borinski, three German brothers with a passion for fishing and filmmaking. Jan's the eldest, and works in Swedish Lapland, where they do most of their fishing; Jonas is the filmmaker; and Lukas - the youngest - is a musician: all tattoos, piercings and cigarettes, he lend the group an air of rock n' roll. These guys are the next generation of fly fishermen. They've been sharing videos of their Lapland trips for a while. As their online following grew they started filming further afield, and Welcome to Iceland represents their first foray to the land of fire and ice. Germany has an unsual catch and release policy - it's illegal to return fish over a certain size - so the boys are keen to find out about how Iceland is working to preserve their amazing fishing grounds. Along the way they meet a 25-year-old citizen scientist who is carrying out pioneering work on a single trout stream, to study the effects of catch and release. And of course the Brothers on the Fly fish in some amazing locations, catching sea-run arctic char, wild brown trout and salmon.
In this episode of The Game Fishers Diary, Rae gets a lesson in bugs on the rivers Wylye and Itchen, as he enjoys a couple of days fly fishing for Brown Trout and Grayling. The show begins on the delightful Wilton Estate on Wiltshire’s River Wylye in early June, prime time for the absolute epitome of the sport; the Mayfly hatch. Rae joins Peter Hayes, one of the best minds fly fishing has to offer to work up the river. Peter explains his invaluable theories on how to fish these rivers and local entomology (bugs) that he’s garnered through years of research and observation. A few weeks later, Rae joins John Slader on an even more prestigious river, the Itchen. After some informative kick-sampling and discussion of that old fisherman gospel; ‘matching the hatch’, Rae and John get their hands on some stunning chalk stream Brown Trout and Grayling.
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 pristine settings. These two films explore a number of backcountry fisheries with anglers who exude a profound connection to the wilderness. The cast of the film is as extensive and varied as the landscapes explored. In the end it is dedicated, inspired people will ensure that the spirit of the backcountry will thrive, preserving a world that we are proud to hand over to those who come after us.
Only the River Knows
Only the River Knows is a fly fishing film exploring the often thin line between fact and fiction in the obsessive minds of anglers. When young trout bum Rolf Nylinder gets lost in New Zealand's backcountry, he finds the long-forgotten journal of legendary fly fisher Lars Lenth. The journal captures Rolf's imagination, and he sets out to relive the journal's marvellous tales of the monster trout living in the legendary Lethe River. But will he ever succeed in catching one, and who is the mysterious author Lars Lenth? Only the River Knows was awarded Best Story and Best Movie of all times at the 2013 Drake Awards, fly fishing film's equivalent to the Oscars. If you appreciate great cinematography, huge brown trout and a great fishing story, this is the film for you Register or login to watch this film
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 to sight fishing to giant trout in pristine settings. The film follows six fly fishermen as they each explore a treasured corner of the South Island. This land of volcanoes, gorges and forests provides an epic backdrop for some of the best trout fishing on the planet. As each story weaves into the fabric of the film it becomes evident that, despite their differences, the characters are all bound together by their passion for the back country.
In this episode, we join a group of anglers fly fishing for brown trout on the River Kaldakvisl in the Highlands of Iceland. The river is relatively short, at around 12km but holds an excellent head of sizable char and big brown trout. Starting in the lower river the team encounter many nice char using small nymphs and sight indicator tactics before heading upstream in search of brown trout. The upper reaches only holds brown trout as the char cannot get here and the team switch to using streamers as the big brown trout here feed heavily on sticklebacks. Rightly renowned as a great destination for salmon fishing, this episode shows you can also find fantastic fly fishing for brown trout and char in Iceland too. To watch, just login or register
Fly Nation's Thibaut Millet is on the trip of a lifetime in Argentina's Patagonian outback. He is handsomely looked after by the locals at the Tipiliuke Lodge and can't help but catch some amazing Brown & Rainbow Trout and a rare landlocked Salmon
New Zealand's Southland's four major rivers are famous as brown trout fisheries, especially in the upper and middle sections, but in this episode Anto Hall and Mike Wilkinson are heading to the estuaries, to fish the annual smelt run. These baitfish return to the rivers in huge numbers to spawn, and the trout don't miss out on this feast. This makes for some explosive fishing action, displaying the fish's true predatory nature.
The Brothers Brown
The Brothers Brown is a documentary about the legendary Ausable river in Michigan and three streamer junky brothers who grew up fishing it. The "trophy waters" of the famed river in North East Michigan are known to hold enormous brown trout. 25 to 30 inch fish are not uncommon, however catching one is a different story. This section of river is not a numbers game...it's where dues are paid. The Brothers were all introduced to the Ausable River by their parents at very young ages and could fish anywhere, but still choose to return to the "trophy waters" every year to chase those elusive trophy browns. The Brothers Brown is film about a river, a family and the past. To watch, login or register
If you're looking for quintessential New Zealand fly fishing, look no further than the Kahurangi National Park. The rivers are crystal clear, remote, and stacked with trophy brown trout. Mike Kirkpatrick and Jack Kos are understandably excited to helicopter in to the park and get on the water. The conditions look good, but when it comes to wild brownies, nothing is guaranteed.
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