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The Source: Tasmania

Product Review (submitted on December 27, 2011):
This is a fine DVD. It is not chock full of the fishing porn shots (slo-mo rises, ginormous leaping trout, etc.) that fill many of today's fishing DVDs. And there's a bit too much talking head footage for my tastes. And it does at times approach the flavor of a Tasmania tourism promo. But - it has a great pace, and terrific footage of the countryside. It gives the viewer a good sense of the charm and diversity of Tasmania. I'm pretty sure anyone who watches this DVD will add Tasmania to their "must fish" list.

There are also some nice historical touches, including a brief summary of the arrival of trout in Tasmania, courtesy of one of the more benign aspects (depending on your take on this type of invasive species) of British imperialism.

One bothersome note that this DVD contains, in common with virtually all fly-fishing films, is the by-now tedious recitation of how driven the anglers featured here are - how it's a way of life that those outside the fraternity could never understand... some mystical path only the few, the proud, the slightly deranged can follow. Enough already! You're preaching to the converted! If we didn't already feel the pull ourselves, we wouldn't be watching this genre. Next time around, make it more about the rivers, the fish, and less about the heroic figures who ply the waters with fly rod and occasionally overpowered boats taking them to those waters.

Overall, great job, Gin Clear Media. With this DVD, the company appears to have gained a place in the fly fishing video pantheon. I look forward to seeing their Iceland, New Zealand, and future offerings, and hope these will continue to explore that place in the art form that emphasizes giving the viewing angler a sense of being there.
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