Yes! Yet another DVD in the Fish On Productions River Academy series, once again featuring the familiar teacher/pupil type scenario of John Tyzack in the role as guide and Dean Andrews as the eager pupil. If I was asked, and I have no direct knowledge of this other than reading the copyright notice on the back of the package saying 2008, but I would suspect this was maybe one of their earlier productions in the series as the somewhat “acted” early sequences of Dean discussing the plan for the day with John did, I have to say make me cringe a bit.
The DVD seems to be set on the River Wharfe in the Yorkshire Dales in early season ( as the DVD suggests from the name) but also the tree’s are bare and the light is rather flat ( something I feel could have been addressed in post production with something to add a bit life to the colour for the viewer).
While I did get a lot from the DVD in terms of how to fish North country spider type wet flies, not something I have much experience with nor have had any tuition in, I did find the DVD overall a bit less interesting than the others in the series. In fact I have to admit on first watching on Christmas Day ( I received it as a Christmas present) I actually dozed off half way through the main “chapter”!
There are a few useful hints and tips and stuff I will definitely be able to try more confidently having seen this video, but aside as a reference, its not a film I can see myself picking up and watching just for the sake of it. It doesn’t have the visual appeal or excitement of what I would regard the best films in the series, Grayling Through the Year or The Complete Mayfly.
The fly tying at the end was somewhat ambitious, tying three wet spiders and a dry referred to as a JT Olive though I have tied dozens of flies similar to this without giving them a specific name, basically a finely mole skin dubbed fly with a CDC wing. Maybe mines should be an Unfamous Olive!