Published Apr 14. 2006

The Underwater World of Trout

Discovery and Feeding Lies
UnderwaterOz Productions
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US$ shipped (US/Can)
Wendell 'Ozzie' Ozefovich
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Several years ago, a friend of mine was telling me about a video seminar he
saw at a local Trout Unlimited meeting given by a man from New Jersey who liked
to film trout in the water. "Unbelievable", he said. "The underwater
shots are amazing.". As the years went by, I heard this sentiment from
more and more people who were lucky enough to see these presentations, all given
with the same "you really gotta see" emotion. Well - I really wanted
to see them - but I'm not a member of any clubs where this man would be presenting.

That man from New Jersey is named Wendell "Ozzie" Ozefovich, and
he has become somewhat of a legend among those who have seen or heard about
his video presentations. Lucky for the rest of us - he has made these seminars
available on DVD. I gotta say - it was a long wait for me - but it was well
worth it. The buildup was justified.

The first DVD - "Discovery" - is a compilation of chapters on different
subjects dealing with wild trout - including a fascinating look at how a one
eyed trout can survive in the fast paced world of a trout stream. However, for me,
that was not the highlight of the DVD. The highlight for me was the segment
dealing with a trout stream along a highway that was at risk from road construction.
Years after the construction was complete, the "new" stream still
holds wild trout. I can only imagine the sense of satisfaction felt by Ozzie and the others. That so many people came together to make sure the trout would
be protected is a strong statement that maybe the future of our fisheries are
in good hands afterall. I was also interested to see the very first footage
Ozzie shot in a trout stream, surprised at how many small wild brook trout he
was able to observe with his camera. For those who want to see big fish - and
lots of them - there is a chapter on sea run trout during their spawning runs.
I don't know for sure - but I think some of this footage was filmed in Connetquot
State Park on Long Island, which gets good runs of sea run trout of three species of trout - brown, rainbow, and brook trout.

The second DVD - "Feeding Lies" - is a master course on how trout
survive in the water. What the eat - how they move - how they position themselves
- and what we can learn from how they "rise" and "take".
There is some simply amazing camera work here. There's one spot where the camera
is just barely above the surface of a shallow riffle and you can see a trout's
head breaking through as it is rising to take spinners, then the camera slowly
dips below the water and you see the whole fish and how it is working in the
currents, rising with just a shift in fin position. Even cooler about that scene
is the camera just below the surface, you can see the spinners coming toward
the camera, just as a fish would see them! A trico spinner is a tiny bug - but
they look like big black blobs on the surface of that stream - easily detectible.

There is simply too much information in these DVD's to condense in a single
review. If a picture if worth a thousand words - then how much is a couple hours
of moving pictures like these worth? More than I can guess. These are not your
typical "Bob goes fishing" DVD's. These are videos of fish - doing
what they do in a natural setting - and we as anglers can certainly learn from every frame. Ozzie takes us into The Underwater World
of Trout as has never been done before. Global Class? Oh yeah.



got this dvd to day, a nice movie. I will hope for more of this nice movies.
big thanks to ozzie and co.

Rob de Graaf: I ordered Feeding lies -dvd directly from to Finland. Just send e-mail to Ozzie and ask about sending to your country.

Feeding lies is nice dvd, thanks to Bob and GFF for review, this is where I found about it.


New york state guide and friend of ozzie, these dvd are simple the best . i highly recomend them to my stundent. the some of the footage was taken at the Connetquot State Park on Long Island on trips we did, and the Little leigh river in allentown pa Ozzie is also a dedicate state voleenteer in New Jersey .the footage will give the best understand where fish hold , there feeding habits .and reaction to moment and preadtor prey response . will take years off a beginers understanding how to read a stream , and there food . simple the best instructional dvd to come along in years no true trout fisherman should be without it .

Ozzie fishes with me in Montana and I'll say he is the most dedicated fish photographer and fisherman I've seen in 30 years of guiding. Wonderfull films for fly fishers!

Has anybody had any luck getting these dvd's sent to Europe? (Netherlands in my case)
Mike Hogue states he sells them. Went to check out the website, not listed
Any help would be appreciated.

Enourmously enjoy your website Global Flyfisher, excellent stuff!!

I sell these and I can ship to Denmark or just about any other place that has mail. Mike

nice dvd, but sad, that i cut´n get this dvd i Denmark or sendt to Denmark :o(

Martin Joergensen's picture


Look in the fact box to the right - under the cover. There's the link directly to Ozzie's site.


Where do I buy it?? Why don't you list his website?? Does he have one??

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