Saturday Shoutout / The Dead Drift

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I recently got my hands on a copy of “The Dead Drift” the latest offering for Stealth Films of New Zealand. There are a lot of fly fishing films out there. Lately the style of film that has been popular is the intense fish porn variety. Lots of music and jumping fish, slow motion takes and screaming reels. Nothing wrong with that, and it makes you want to fish but you don’t learn much from those films.

“The Dead Drift” is not that kind of film. It’s beautifully filmed and full of great fishing moments but what sets it apart for me is the educational value. Host, Dean Bell, does a remarkable job of explaining his strategy as well as tactics while vacuuming some lovely New Zealand rivers. If your like me you don’t need a DVD to tell you that you want to fish New Zealand but there’s a lot to be said for one that tells you how to make your trip a success.

If your planning a trip to this amazing fishery this film is a must. However, it strikes me that the skills taught in this video are in no way unique to New Zealand. What Dean Bell has to teach will make you a better fisherman on any continent. With an emphasis on sight fishing, planing your presentation and tactical fish fighting anglers at any experience level will find some gems on this DVD.

Louis Cahill
Gink & Gasoline
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4 thoughts on “Saturday Shoutout / The Dead Drift

  1. It always disturbs me to see fly fishers dragging their catch onto the bank/rocks for a photo. What’s up with that? If they want to keep the fish, hopefully they kill it quickly. But, I see many just want a “hero” pic to prove that they are fly fishers. Sorry, but I don’t see how this type of exposure is good for the sport. Unless the fish is hooked badly, or if I want to keep one to eat, I never even touch the fish, and release it by removing the barbless hook while the fish is still in its environment. And I won’t apologize if I piss anybody off.
    Cap’n Bob

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