IF4 Official Selection | Raised on Rainbows

The 2021 Virtual IF4 is here! This year, we’ve got an awesome lineup of films that run the gamut from amazing to unbelievable, with a generous side of “Did you see that?!?”

Our featured film today, Raised on Rainbows from Matt Coddaire, tells the story of a couple attempting to navigate their lives as both parents and fly anglers. Hint: it’s not easy.

Be sure to buy tickets for your local showing at the IF4 website, and check out the other films in this year’s lineup!

IF4 Official Selection | Baltics

The next official selection to the 2021 Virtual IF4 is Baltics, from Focusonthefly Media.
 
From the filmmaker: Baltic salmon are extraordinary creatures. Isolated from their Atlantic cousins during the last Ice Age, these fish have developed an extraordinary behavior, adapting their qualities to some of the wildest and longest river systems in Europe, being perhaps the most powerful and challenging salmon of all. Sanna Koljonen is our host in this incredible adventure chasing her first Baltic salmon of the season in the heart of Swedish Lapland.
 
Be sure to visit flyfilmfest.com for all the trailers and to buy tickets for your local viewing!

IF4 Film Trailer | The Art of Fly Fishing

The next selection for the 2021 Virtual IF4 is The Art of Fly Fishing, by Bluff Line Media. This film was the winner of the inaugural Stimmie Awards, earning its place in the 2021 IF4. From the filmmakers:

Brooke Belohlavek is an artist and educator in remote Baggs, Wyoming, who found a love for fly fishing one day after an ascent atop Grand Teton. Before long, her newfound passion made its way to her canvas. Today, Brooke paints trout for folks all over the country who want to enjoy a beautiful reminder of their fly-fishing experiences. This summer, we joined Brooke to fish and film some high-country creeks and rivers that are close to her heart for The Art of Fly Fishing.

Be sure to check out the rest of the films and buy tickets for your local show at the IF4 website.

The Winter Collection: Solitude

From everyone here at Fly Fusion, we want to wish you an amazing holiday season and an awesome 2021. With our most recent entry into the Winter Collection, we explore something we’ve grown all too familiar with in 2020: Solitude. But in this case, it’s a good thing.

Episode Overview: A long drive down backcountry logging roads places Jim, Derek and Paula (Fly Fusion’s former social media editor) into a basin where no other soul exists. They travel the proverbial extra mile and find large trout that have not seen artificial flies in years. The eager trout make for stunning cinematography and an unforgettable day on the water.

The Winter Collection: Eden

We know this year’s been difficult. It’s been long, it’s been crazy beyond all belief, and we’re here to give you a place to watch some excellent fly fishing footage, relax, and put all of the insanity behind you, even for just a little while. For the next few weeks, we’ll be sending out some videos for you to watch every Monday, just to get your week started off on the right foot. This week, we’ve got one of our favorite web episodes of Fly Fusion TV: Eden. Hopefully it’ll put you in a good place.

“Eden”— For fly anglers, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find pristine and unpopulated rivers. In this episode Fly Fusion Founding Editor, Derek Bird—along with Associate Editor Jim McLennan— explore a river where they catch large rainbows and bull trout and where the only other anglers on the stream that day are the grizzly bears.

The Health Collection: Baja

Located in northwest Mexico, the Baja Peninsula features one of the world’s most diverse and fantastic saltwater fisheries. On any given day, there’s no telling what kind of fish you’ll be able to tempt with a fly.

But the real draw here is a finely coiffed fish with flaring dorsal fins and an attitude to match: the one and only roosterfish.

Join the Capture Adventure Media crew on an epic Baja adventure in The Buffet Series: Baja.

The Health Collection: Chrome

There is nothing in this world quite like a steelhead fresh from the sea. Its colors radiate and shimmer in unreal streaks of silver and green. Its resplendent leaps are powered by the one primal instinct it can’t overpower: survival.

The very idea that a small, trout-sized fish could survive in the ocean for several years and then return to its home as a broad-shouldered, silvery missile is impressive. That it does this in order to spawn and continue its species is inspiring, especially now.

Join the Capture Adventure Media crew on a celebration of wild steelhead in The Buffet Series: Chrome, a short film that takes you to the wilds of the Olympic Peninsula in search of steel.

The Health Collection: Mako

Imagine the world getting back to normal. What does that look like now? Does it still involve anglers catching sharks on the fly? It had better, because we’re not sure we want to live in a world without something so singularly unbelievable, heart-pumping, and just plain awesome.

If your quarantine needs a little pick-me-up, you might want to strap in for our next offering: “Mako”

Courtesy of Angler’s Eye Media, this adventure searches out one of the strongest, most aggressive fish on the planet: the mako shark. Off the coast of southern California exists one of the world’s top mako fisheries. With speed, strength, and what may be the most acrobatic aerials of any game fish in the ocean, the mako will test not only every bit of gear and knowledge available, but also the will and determination of any angler that sets out to find—and catch—these world-class apex predators.

The Health Collection: Blown Away

Sometimes, the way a situation presents itself isn’t obvious at first—in both fly fishing and in life. There are challenges, obstacles, and a fair amount of frustration. Occasionally, however, the dark curtains open up to reveal something so unexpected and rewarding that we’re simply left in awe.

Next in our Health Collection lineup: Blown Away, by Fly Fusion Films.

“Blown Away” sees the Fly Fusion hosts show up on a favorite stretch of river just as major windstorm blows down the valley. They set up the rods in hopes that the wind will push terrestrials onto the water. When the wind finally dies down, their persistence is rewarded with a number of spectacular trout.

The Health Collection: Laplanders

As the world continues to evolve amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we here at Fly Fusion and the International Fly-Fishing Film Festival just want to share some good vibes. And for us, that means taking our minds off of everything else and focusing on fly fishing. At least for a little while.

For the next installment of the Health Collection, we share a story about anglers in northern Sweden: “Laplanders” by Hooké.

“Laplanders” traces the portrait of those who live by the rivers of Lapland in Northern Sweden. Their quest for the Baltic Salmon is one every fisherman can relate to: an ever-going search for the next fish, and the only certitude is the efforts that will be needed to reach it. This film is an immersion into the life of those who chase, document and protect the salmon in the land of the midnight sun.