A GROUND BREAKING NEW LOOK AT THE THEORY AND METHOD TO FLY FISHING FOR FUSSY TROUT , STEELHEAD AND SALMON!
THE FIRST DVD-“TROUT”, WAS SHOT ON NEW YORK, MICHIGAN, PENNSYLVANIA, WISCONSIN, MINNESOTA AND MONTANA’S TAIL WATER, FREESTONER AND SPRING CREEK WORLD CLASS FISHERIES.
IT PROVIDES A DEEP INSIGHT INTO THE WORLD OF TROUT FEEDING BEHAVIOR WITH SOME SPECTACULAR TROUT FEEDING FOOTAGE!
IT DELVES DEEP INTO THE WORLD OF ENTOMOLOGY AND READING THE WATER, CASTING, FLY TYING AND MUCH MORE!
If ever you’ve wanted to know trout feeding behavior and why trout will take a particular fly but not others, or why they seem only curious, check out “Selectivity — Trout,” by Newaygo fishing guide and author Matt Supinski. It will probably blow your mind.
Supinski, 54, is the owner of Gray Drake Outfitters and Lodge on the Muskegon River. His new DVD on the subject is a remarkable piece of work and the first of a three-part DVD series being developed that will cover selective behavior for trout, steelhead and salmon. Selectivity is also the theme of a book Supinski is writing, expected out in 2012.
“I’ve been fascinated by selective, fussy trout, since the age of 8 when I started fly fishing,” Supinski said. “My dad, a former military World War II fighter pilot, learned the English country gentleman’s sport while stationed in Southampton on the famous River Test. He put a rod in my hand and taught me how to tie a Sawyer’s pheasant tail nymph when I was a wee lad.”
Supinski’s DVD is remarkable on a number counts, most notably the exceptional videography by Tom Harmon, one of Supinski’s fishing clients.
As instructional videos go, this one stands out. It is full of show-me-that-again footage of trout feeding up close. It uses a number of creative visual techniques to keep viewer’s attention and makes clear the message that trout are, indeed, picky.
Supinski spent a year producing the DVD, drawing on footage shot in Michigan, Montana, Pennsylvania and other places. He wanted to develop in DVD form the subject of his upcoming book.
He is extremely knowledgeable about the topic and addresses it in both technical and lay terms. Supinski is a bit of ham and someone clearly comfortable talking to a camera. Sometimes his explanations run long and perhaps some tighter editing would have been in order, but the overwhelming majority of the DVD is exceptional.
Supinski walks and talks the viewer though what he calls three important feeding stages for trout: the aggressive stage, selective/reflective stage and passive stage — or do nothing stage. He also delves into casting techniques and strategies, gear and flies.
This is a high-quality educational DVD that is also entertaining. I found the feeding stage footage absolutely fascinating to watch.
“We were fortunate to do most of the filming on icy cold spring creeks and tailwaters,” Supinski said. “Even when the air temperatures were hitting 100 degrees, the spring creeks were a cool 51 degrees.”
At two hours, the DVD is long. But it is readily broken up into segments that can be taken at a viewer’s leisure. Any dedicated trout angler or fly fisher is bound to enjoy it.