HATCH - A look at the relationship between flies, fish and anglers
This latest film from Nick Reygeart of Gin Clear Media takes a step back from the water and considers why fly fishers end up fishing where they do. It's often as a result of the hatches of insects that get the fish feeding and these are of course usually purely natural but sometimes induced artificially!?
HATCH documents the world’s most extraordinary insect hatches and the fantastic fly fishing that accompanies them.
There are massive hatches of mayfly on the chalkstreams of England, trout eating ants off bridges in Slovenia, huge cicadas eaten by equally huge trout in the streams of NZ and even a feeding frenzy after a ‘hatch’ of krill in the ocean.
Narrated by Greg French, the film explores remote corners of the world for hidden fly fishing treasures, while seamlessly highlighting the pivotal role fly fishers play as guardians of the water.
Running time approximately 43 minutes plus 23 minutes bonus material
UNIVERSAL FORMAT. Guaranteed to play in all countries. English Language.
Considering the possible scope of such a project and all the great hatches documented around the world I was a little surprised to see this film only coming in at a shade under 45 minutes long but there in lies the rub I guess. To travel the world documenting the best and most prolific hatches would take huge budgets of the BBC variety I guess which in turn must demand high prices for the finished product and so therefore a balance must be reached.
In Hatch we are treated to visits to England, Slovenia, Poland, New Zealand and Tasmania where the film covers hatching mayflies, cicadas, tiny willow grubs, ants and even swarms of krill in the ocean that attract predator species for fly anglers to target. As expected following the other fine films from Gin Clear Media over the last few years, the cinematography was well executed and the whole film was therefore very watchable capturing in exquisite detail the insects and their hatches responsible for the primal actions of fish and fishers everywhere. The cool, calm tones of narrator Greg French matched the on-screen action well and gave this a documentary type air which made a welcome change from my usual diet of all-action type fishing films (which I also enjoy by the way) but I just wish there was a little more of it.
What worked very well in my view is using local anglers who obviously know their local hatches and waters intimitely which made for a very informative dialogue. This was perhaps demonstrated most aptly by my old friend John Zerihoun of Imago and friends demonstrating how they had discovered that the action of a truck crossing an old wooden bridge in Slovenia caused numerous ants to be displaced onto the water below where hungry trout lay in wait, creating an artificial hatch in essence but one that could be exploited all the same! Makes you wonder how many other structures like this on rivers and lakes around the world could be hidden fish magnets?
If this is a one-off film then to miss chronicling one of the spectacular US hatches such as the Yellowstone salmonflies for example is a shame, but what I am secretly hoping is that there will be a second Hatch movie sometime down the road when this and more hatches like it can be revealed in all their glory. How about it Nick?
Did I enjoy it? Yes I did. Would I watch it again? Yes I would and I guess that's all you need to know. Check out the trailer below and if you like what you see then you can purchase a copy via the link further up the page.
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