Thursday, July 21, 2011

Musky Country: Zero 2 Hero Review

I just got my copy of Musky Country: Zero 2 Hero back in the mail this week from a friend and it was a good reminder that I hadn't yet written up a review of this DVD yet on T.F.M.

Musky Country: Zero 2 Hero is Robert Thompson's, of Third Year Fly Fisher, second full length film release following on the heels of Night Of The Hex.  A shorter version of this film ran on the Fly Fishing Film Tour as well and in my mind these two films couldn't have felt more different.  The F3T cut fit the bill for the tour but I personally felt that it lost a lot of the soul that is found in the full length version with it's fast paced editing and trying to tell a short story that really deserved the full treatment that the DVD gives viewers.  

Musky Country: Zero 2 Hero Trailer from RT on Vimeo.

Musky Country: Zero 2 Hero is a journey into the Northern Wisconsin backwoods with Brad Bohen and Brian Porter with a well done mix of interviews and fly fishing sequences on various rivers with some large specimens caught on camera.  Robert Thompson has great ability to tell a story through film and his editing skills are evident as well.  Brad and Brian explain their techniques for catching musky on the fly but also cover aspects of their daily routines of living somewhat disconnected from everything except a set of driftboat oars or fly rod in their hands chucking massive streamers.  There is a lot of passion and dedication that is conveyed on the film that I certainly felt from watching this DVD a half dozen or so times the past couple months.

Another benefit of the DVD is the special features which include several in depth fly tying sessions with both Brad and Brian where they explain the patterns they use, the process of building an appealing musky fly, and how their patterns have changed over the past several years to match the wants of this particularly picky fish.

The Musky Country: Zero 2 Hero DVD can be purchased through the Third Year Fly Fisher website.  This film run 49 minutes with over 60 minutes of extras to make it well worth the $35 investment.

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