DVD - ABOUT ‘FOUR SEASONS ON THE HAMPSHIRE AVON’
'Four Seasons on the Hampshire Avon' is available on DVD now. It is a 60 minute, wide-screen documentary. By clicking the 'Purchase' button, you can find out how to obtain a copy. But in the meantime, we thought you might be interested to know a little more about the film itself…
Three-years in the making, it features angling friends John Searl, Peter Baker, Peter Orchard, Peter Williamson and John Slader, who's collective ability with rod in hand, enabled us to film the capture of some amazing specimens such as a 25lb pike, an 11lb barbel and perhaps rarest of all, a roach in excess of the magical 2lbs.
But the story of course, is far more diverse than just specimen hunting. Big chub in flood water conditions, fly fishing for brown trout during 'Duffer's Fortnight', river carp, trotting for dace and the plight of the salmon, are all recorded in this documentary.
Most importantly, the film is a celebration of the river itself. So the film portrays the passage of the waterway from its source in the Vale of Pewsey to the estuary at Christchurch and along the way, shows some of its rare and endangered wildlife, such as the barn owl, water vole and greater spotted woodpecker.
Set to the classical music of Sir Edward Elgar with a gentle narrative by Jason Inskip, this is not just another 'how-to-catch-fish' film in the modern style. To be honest, we felt that there are enough of those around already.
Equally, if it took more than 80 million years to create an environment as wonderful as that of the Hampshire Avon, it would be ridiculous to imagine that in just three years, we could claim to have made documentary that comes even close to reflecting its true beauty and history, both man-made and natural.
However, if this film gives pleasure to those who enjoy the river as much as we do, then we must be satisfied…until of course, our obsession leads us back to the Hampshire Avon in search of a roach, barbel, chub, trout or even a salmon maybe…