The second in this series, again presented by Nils Joregensen, again set in Iceland. I have to say the title lacks a little imagination.
This is late-season salmon fishing, it seems like Iceland is cold, wet and beautiful, and the rivers are cold, wet (obviously) and alive with aggressive ‘taking’ fish. If I have a criticism of the editing it's that this makes salmon fishing look easy… cold, but too easy.
Visually, there's some stunning time-lapse landscape shots. The locations help, but this is well photographed/video recorded. Then look at the linking shots and the videographer had the time and skill to make some very pleasing shots. Put all that together in editing and this flows well, the editing is easy, visually a very satisfying video. Sound is similarly well recorded on location. I found the music pleasant, but I'm not sure how it linked to the visuals.
Back to the fishing. This follows the pattern set in the Catch that Salmon 1, so Nils explains his fishing, his fishing options, tackle choices, etc. He explains the pools he fishes intelligently, reading the water confidently, links that to rod, line and fly choices – quickly and quietly presenting a lot more information, and more insight into fishing and salmon that it might seem on the surface. The video is structured around chapters titled, for example: Downstream fishing in a calm stream; Upstream fishing; From the cliffs; etc. Six chapters in all. Much of the fishing is unconventional, Nils explains how a different approach can catch stale fish, or how an upstream approach hides the angler from spooky fish – good ideas well demonstrated. ‘From the cliffs’ on the other hand, seemed a little too specific, fishing off a high rock bank, into a deep pool under a road-bridge…hmm....my chances of finding that situation are not that high. That said, on the whole the fishing is practical and the lessons, tactics and techniques can be employed on other rivers.
Aimed at experienced salmon anglers, Catch that Salmon 2 is enjoyable and thought-provoking.
By Niels Vestergaard
Produced by Wide Open Outdoor Film
Price: DVD £17.98 plus shipping
Stream online $5.95 (US dollars)