Wednesday, January 4, 2012

DVD Review - Tapam The Movie

I've yet to have the opportunity to pursue tarpon and have always assumed that it's a game done typically from the front of a flats boat with a guide atop a poling platform calling out the shots. After watching Tapam The Movie more than a few times that notion is shattered with stunning footage of filmmakers Daniel Göz and Jan Bach Kristensen fly fishing from float tubes to very large fly eating tarpon in a remote South American location.

Tapâm - a flyfishing journey from tapamthemovie on Vimeo.

Though a short film of just thirty minutes in length, Tapam was shot and edited sharply and only the best cuts were pressed into the disc. For two fellows in float tubes they did an excellent job of capturing their experience of feeding and fighting massively sized tarpon on a variety of flies. The mobility of sitting in a float tube with fins on their feet allowed them to maneuver quickly to stay in the game against the tarpon they encountered.

If Tapam lacks anything it's telling a complete story. There isn't a lot of narrative and it would have been good to get a little deeper into Daniel and Jan's heads during this trip. I was certainly not looking for them to disclose the location as much as it would have been interesting to see more of the process of what it took to make all parts of this trip possible.

In short, Tapam is well worth owning and is half an hour of beautiful big tarpon wrecking complete havoc on fly gear that you'll likely watch over and over again.

Check out the Tapam The Movie website for more information and to order a copy for yourself.


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jj wassom said...


What a great adrenalin rush first thing in the morning!!

I love watching people catch those huge fish...and now on a fly rod?!

I don't think I would have been out in the middle of South American waters with a giant pulling on the other end of the line without my trusty PFD on.

Keep up the great work...