Friday, June 3, 2011

"Rivers Of A Lost Coast" DVD (director: Justin Coupe and Palmer Taylor)

A moving and provocative documentary here, examining the rise of West Coast fly fishing in the 40s and 50s, and the maverick steelhead and salmon fishermen who started a sporting revolution. As subsequent droughts and industrial progress decimated the once-fertile Russian River in the 70s, many of the fishing legends came to realize the need for conservation and ecological restoration, and since then, many have become tireless defenders of the river's bountiful fish populations.

Fly fisherman, actor, and activist Tom Skerritt narrates this well-done, and well-illustrated history of fly fishing, and the wild and wooly characters that made it what it was. There are tons of candid interviews, tons of historical videos and photos, and some amazing stories that you won't soon forget.

Even from a non-fisherman's point of view, this is a riveting and intelligent history lesson, and a very worthy watch.

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Rivers Of A Lost Coast official site

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