Top Outdoor Movies

Most of the best outdoor movies are small budget productions that are relatively unknown, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t worth a watch. The list below are simply three movies that I happen to enjoy – take a look!


1. Tarpon 

From the Wild West of the 1970s in Key West, Authors, Richard Brautigan, Tom McGuane and Jim Harrison join with legendary flats guides, Woody Sexton, Gil Drake and Steve Huff to bring you a slice of the Keys in the era of smugglers, hippies and epic tarpon fishing.

How good was this movie? YETI is remaking a version of this with David Mangum called 120 days. 


Tarpon (1973) - IMDb


2. Geofish 

Produced by Costa Del Mar and Motiv Fishing. It stars Brian Jill, Jay Johnson, Chris Owens and Thad Robinson. The goal was 7 continents in 7 years, while they didn’t quite make it, it was a wild adventure. These four fly fishermen started their journey taking their vegetable oil powered truck from Washington State, all the way to the tip of South America. While they only made it as far as the jungles of Peru, Geofish catalogued their trip throughout Mexico. It was WILD.


Geofish Volume 1 Mexico The Expedition Begins by Motiv Fishing (Mexico / Belize Fly Fishing Movie/DVD) : Movies & TV -



3. A River Runs Through It 

Originally a novel, it is one of the most successful and widely seen outdoor movies ever made. This movie was a huge driver behind the fly fishing craze of the 90s. Starring Brad Pitt, it chronicles life in the Rocky Mountains in the 1920’s – a life of fly fishing, logging and the trials and tribulations living in one of America’s most beautiful, wild and unforgiving places. A River Runs Through It [Blu-ray] : Craig Sheffer, Brad Pitt, Tom Skerritt, Brenda Blethyn, Emily Lloyd, Edie McClurg, Stephen Shellen, Vann Gravage, Nicole Burdette, Susan Traylor, Michael Cudlitz, Rob Cox,


4. 92 In the Shade

From Tom McGuane who was recently featured on the Mill House Podcast, it takes place during the movie, “Tarpon” – “The Chart Room” and Loggerhead Key are prominent. It takes you back to the early days of fishing and drinking on Duval Street and the halcyon years of Key West.


92 in the Shade (1975) - IMDb

5. The 5wt. Chronicles

From Eric Estrada, a great artist and fisherman, these Miami based fly fishing films are real and authentic. It is a great showcase of the exotic fresh and saltwater fishery that exists in urban Miami. From peacock bass to tarpon and snook, experience the deep cuts and scum ponds everywhere from Hialeah to Homestead for some insane fly fishing. Yes. It’s all on a 5 weight.


5wt Chronicles: S2:E3 - Summer Daze (Tarpon & Peacock Bass) - YouTube


In Conclusion

There are so many small and independent outdoor movies which are absolutely awesome (especially on the Fly Fishing Film Tour), this list was just three that I think are worth a look. If you enjoyed this post, then you may also enjoy my last post, “Three Books for Fishermen”.

Until next time, tight lines.

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