Rising Tide - Jamie Howard - video/DVD review - Global FlyFisher

GFF logo



   

GFF video/DVD review


Rising Tide


Instructor, narrator, producer etc.: Jamie Howard
More books and videos
All books and videos
cover
By
Jamie Howard
Title
In Search of a Rising Tide
Production
Howard Films, 2004
Running
20 minutes
Price
US$20.00
 

GFF rating: 5 out of 7
Excellent

Reviewed by Martin Joergensen

It's short, but it's very good, this unorthodox DVD about bonefishing.

22 minutes and 30 seconds. That's what you can expect to spend spellbound at your television or computer when you slot this DVD for the first time.

The start reveals its qualities: subtle narration, no music, no frenzy highlights with jumping fish and long runs. Just the stern of a boat slowly digging through the beautiful waters of a Bahamian flat. Like being there you might say...

And the gentle pace continues, which makes this DVD something very different and very appealing. If you want to learn knots, improve your fish spotting skills or adjust your casting style, this is not the one to watch. If you on the other hand want to savour the sensation of stalking, casting to and hooking a big fish, and get an impression of the bonefishing environment - both in nature and with guides and lodges, this is the right place to look. The DVD manages to convey very well the ambience, the dialogue and the potential experience.

We are led through the world of bonefish by listening to the chat between some of the Bahamian guides, amongst these Andy Smith and Charlie Neymour, Smith being the son of "Crazy" Charlie Smith, whom we also meet in the film.

Their ongoing dialogue both on the dock, in the lodge and on the boat is the carrying element in the film, and does as such create an entertaining and educating soundtrack. You really want to go fishing with these guys once you have made their acquaintance here.
It is very liberating that Howard has let them loose in front of the lens and on the microphone rather than some typical know-it-all-American bonefish expert, who very well may go bonefishing several times a year, but hasn't grown up with bonefishing and who doesn't take out clients bonefishing almost every day. Such films can be great for learning, but for setting a mood, this beats them all.

"Well", I hear you say, "We all know that the guides can push a boat, tie on flies and spot fish, but that they are generally lousy anglers..."

Well, not these guides! They manage to prove beyond any doubt that they are very skilled bonefish anglers, and all very well in command of a fly rod. Add to that their other skills on the water, and you have a winning combination.

And the tone of voice is just great. Like this sequence:
"What you got?"
"It's a small one"
The fish is fought to the boat and assessed.
"Eight-pound fish. And this fish is a minnow compared to those fish that we were casting at out there..."

Or the scene where Charlie Neymour puts Andy Smith into a really big fish, which he bums. The comment comes immediately, cracking and dry: "This guy just gave me a 'trout set' on a 15 lbs. bonefish! Can you believe it?"
And the reply:
"Charlie, you oughtta shoot me!"

Yes, this film is certainly the best appetizer to bonefishing I have seen.

The start sets the pace


Book review section
Review section


Want to comment this page? Fill out the form below.
Comment
Only comments
in English
are accepted!

Comentarios en Ingles
solamente, por favor!

Your name Your email
Anonymize my information. Name and email will not be shown with comment.
Notify me on new comments to this article on the above email-address.
You don't have to comment to start or stop notifications.

All comments will be screened by the GFF staff before publication.
No HTML, images, ads or links, please - we do not publish such comments...
And only English language comments will be published.
Name and email is optional but recommended.
The email will be shown in a disguised form in the final comment to protect you against spam
You can see other public comments on this page