Cortland Line Learn to Fly Fish DVD
Unbelievably Crude Production
Was given this DVD as a gift.
On the positive side, having no previous knowledge of fly fishing, I learned a few things. Also it seems that the instructors are knowledgeable. There is some pretty underwater trout footage.
On the negative side the production quality is laughable:
- during several segments while an instructor is speaking there is music which completely dominates the audio so you cannot hear what is being said.
- there are a few segments with unintelligible audio. The producers overdub another audio track to apologize for the poor audio (to paraphrase "never mind the poor audio, just watch the knots"). Why on earth not re-shoot the scene?! It's just someone tying a knot on the hood of a car.
- there are text overlays which scroll by too fast to read.
- Often they take a single conversation and split it midstream by inserting a chapter break. Not the worst offense but crude and unnatural
Secondly, for a beginner tutorial I think it leaves a lot of unanswered questions. How do I know how much line to let out for the cast? How many false casts before the cast? No coverage of how to land and release the fish. Sinking vs floating line. What is a backing, line, leader, tippet? What about use of indicators?
Overall, I can't believe that a well known brand like Courtland would release such a sloppy production. It gives me pause about purchasing Courtland products.
December 27, 2012