Blue Charm with Ian Gordon
Well-known Spey casting instructor, guide and salmon fisherman Ian Gordon is also principle salmon consultant at the renowned Hardy & Greys thanks to his years of experience. Blue Charm is a film project two years in the making with friend, rod maker and fishing show organiser Robert Stroh to showcase salmon fishing in Scotland.
Long seen as being the home of salmon fishing, and much more than just another fishing destination, to those visiting, Scotland offers unique culture based on generations of people learning and refining the art of fly fishing for salmon.
One such person is Ian Gordon, his intimate knowledge of Scottish rivers coming from three generations of fly fishermen before him.
In "Blue Charm" Ian utilises this knowledge, along with his perfect understanding of fly-casting, to great effect in presenting this film, the theme of which is based around how to fish three different sized rivers; the magnificent River Spey, the wonderfully scenic Royal Dee, and the enchanting River Findhorn. The film encapsulates a great many facets of salmon fishing in these truly wonderful rivers, not to mention the outstanding bounty of Atlantic salmon and other wildlife which are found in and around them.
Fishing and casting sequences are both tastefully and colourfully enveloped with a clever, yet unobtrusive use of modern graphics focusing on simple but important elements of fly-casting and river-craft. The very simple format and clear filming from two different angles, provide the viewer with easy to follow instruction along with common mistakes and remedies whilst making 6 different fly-casts.
Ian's humour also manifests itself in the film, making it both entertaining as well as educational.
This unique insight into Salmon Fishing in Scotland, its culture, history and characters will leave you with a desire to see more and ask more questions about the home of salmon fishing. Ian arranges both fishing and casting courses on those and many other Scottish rivers. He specialises in arranging fishing holidays and vacations for weeks and half weeks to some of the most stunning locations in Scotland.
At 96 minutes in length, this DVD has plenty of material packed into it and it is varied enough to make for a very interesting introduction to the world of salmon fishing in Scotland and Spey casting.
The host, Ian Gordon, is one of the modern day legends of the sport. A fourth generation salmon angler, he has grown up and spent his working life around salmon fishing in Scotland (including 22 years as a ghillie on the Knockando beat of the Spey). He is now seen each year at many game fishing events around the country where he demonstrates his Spey casting techniques and also works as the principle salmon consultant for top tackle brand Hardy & Greys.
Covering visits to the Spey, Royal Deeside and the beautful river Findhorn, Ian meets local experts and takes time to instruct on how to fish the river given the prevailing conditions. This is interspersed with casting instruction segments showing the main Spey casting techniques along with some common faults. There are also segments on the history of the sport and a couple of short interviews also, all of which help to break up the flow a little. There is also a nice fly tying demonstation by Ian in the hallowed halls of Gordon Castle (not the family homestead he assures me) made slightly surreal by the hushed tones he takes on during his narration of the tying.
On the whole the DVD is well-shot and the sound is good and clear but there is one notable exception near the end when the sound seems to have been lost unfortunately during a fish battle which is a shame as it would have been nice to hear Ian's commentary. Saying that, it is but one small glitch and does not spoil the rest of what is a very enjoyable DVD experience. It is not the only mistake made during filming however as we get to see at the very end with a short 'blooper' reel!
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