The fly fishing world is funny nowadays. That’s mostly a good thing. More and more people are getting out and getting after it. More and more of those same folks are choosing to share their love for fly fishing through one (or a few) of a myriad of different avenues. InstagramFacebook, Youtube, Vimeo, Twitter, Flickr, Pinterest, blogs, family reunions, the walls of gas station bathroom stalls, arguments with loved ones, 12-step meetings, tattoos, chain letters, smoke signals, telepathy, and sexting are just a few of the ways that people are sharing the love. I gotta say, I dig it. I love fly fishing and there’s more and more sweet stuff out there nowadays. A few of my favorites are the Provo Brothers, Montana Wild, and the Hooke dudes.

So is this all for the better of fly fishing or is it taking a toll? What do you think? What are some of the feeds, channels, and all round fishy spots that you enjoy? We’d love to hear what you think and  where you guys find good fishing stuff. If you’re reading this, hopefully that means that we’re amongst those places you love!

Anyway, so I got an email referencing a video in my Dropbox saying something like, “I just got new editing software and needed some footage to mess around with. An hour later this is what I ended up with and I actually really liked it so here it is!” We pass it on to you. Hope you enjoy!

If you wish, you may also find us getting jiggy with it down below.

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The brains behind OSF, Nathan likes well-proportioned fish, moonlit walks by the river, and stripping streamers through dark lies on the dreariest of days. View full bio.

11 Responses

  1. Brian

    Fantastic edit! That fish is now burned into my memory. With a beat.

    I’m not sure if all this media is taking a toll or is bettering the sport. Probably both. I imagine more rivers have more friends and the culture of catch and release and conservation is being communicated. But I think a lot of folks are losing touch with the simple joy that can come from a day of fishing (including myself). And instead I wonder if we often making fishing into a mad grab for web content with which to gain some sort of mass validation (however pointless and empty).

    With so much out there right now I often reach maximum saturation where I no longer have the mental space to follow all the fly fishing news. In those times I stick more to the content that’s pertinent to my neck of the woods, or areas I’ve been and fished. Think the carponthefly blog, outside bend productions, steelhead outfitters, caddis fly shop blog, etc. Well… and instagram. So little brain is required to look at pictures and like or not like.

    cheers.

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    • Nathan Leavitt

      Sorry, for the more than slow response. Glad we could burn a gorgeous specimen into your brain! Couldn’t agree more with everything you said! Thanks for sticking with us, Brian!

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  2. Kirk

    I love what Brian wrote, and since you asked what some of my favorite sites are, his blog, The Haddis Catch, is right up there at the top of my list! Like many of us, my primary responsibilities are husband, father, and bread winner, and fishing takes an important backseat to these endeavors. I enjoy sites where the people are real, their experiences are more in line with mine, and fishing “success” is secondary. Sites like caddis fly, etc written by a bunch of guides that I have nothing in common with really don’t thrill me.

    Overall I think all the media is good for flyfishing. We need a unified voice as an interest group and the industry needs us pushing the sport to keep them producing new products. Sure, you may have to share the river with more people on a given day, but hopefully because of efforts facilitated by the media, there will be more and more water to fish.

    I too feel that it all can be overwhelming, and sometimes we lose our vision of what flyfishing is all about to us. We get so impresed with everyone else’s success, sometimes we forget to enjoy the unique experiences that we have ourselves. Although I enjoy perusing the web, in the end I love my time on the water, in the woods, and planning my next trip. I could have a wonderful, fulfilling life without ever seeing another fishing web page, but I don’t think I could if I wasn’t planning for my next trip.

    -Kirk

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    • Nathan Leavitt

      Thanks for sharing, Kirk. Glad you’re keeping your priorities in order. Sounds like you got it right to me. Sorry, I’m lame and don’t respond to comments quickly!

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  3. Travis

    Honestly, since finding this site I’ve been fly fishing more in the past 2 months than all year. Being a husband, father and bread winner it takes the extra motivation to get out there, put things back in balance and just chuck some flies. Being able to see your trips keeps me motivated between mine, and reminds me there’s other guys out there like me.

    As long as fly fishing sites push the need for ethics, responsibility, and obligation of leaving our waters in better shape than we found them, then they are doing much more good than harm. It’s the fly fishers who are committed and engulfed in the sport to the point of owning and following websites, they are the ones that are the face of the sport and can improve things for all of us.

    another place i like to oggle the fish is faceless fly fishing media.

    keep it up

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    • Nathan Leavitt

      Travis, I’m really glad you can relate. It’s tough balancing all the balls life throws at you. Sometimes I think of how much easier my life would be if I wasn’t so obsessed with fly fishing. In years past, as I’ve juggled fishing with family life I’d often be counting the days between fishing outings wondering how soon I’d be able to justify another trip. As much as I’d love to fish more often, I’ve been happy to realize that I still look forward to the next (unplanned) trip but I’m no longer trying to cram in as many trips as my wife will allow.

      I’ve never thought about it but I feel like what you’re saying is true. Those that participate in the fly fishing community in one way or another shoulder the responsibility to be a freckle on the face of the sport.

      Thanks for joining us!

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  4. Ruben

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsyof9ncDcY

    This is a little video I put together from my trip to the Kvichak River off Lake Illiamna Iguigig, Ak.

    I never had as many missed opportunities as the article suggests, instead when I was invited I bought a plan ticket that very second! great story though. Amazing Alaska. Im so lucky to have gone!

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