I think everyone should watch this film at least once. If you do not get anything from the rest of the film, I can guarantee seeing Hugh Falkus hurling himself, fully clothed and in chest waders, into a freezing river is very very funny.
The video is 50 minutes long. Presented by Falkus, it is obviously a bit dated now. Filming techniques have improved enormously since this was made and the quality suffers slightly from age.
The film covers a fishing year and talks about life-cycle of the Salmon and also shows some sea trout fishing, with an 8 pounder being caught. Arthur Oglesby and the actor Michael Horden also make appearances As so few Salmon fishing films are made, I would call this a classic, and therefore recommend it
Cosidering when this film was made and some of the origional ideas and the excellent naration for a fishing video this is definitely a clasic and not just in the field of instructional videos, it definitely appeals to the wider audience>
There was a similar sequil to this called 'self prtrait of a happy man' does any one recall seeing this?
I think that 'Self portrait of a happy man' was actually made before 'Salmo the leaper'. They were both originally broadcast on BBC2 as part of the World Around Us series. I remember seeing them at the time but have never seen the self portrait of a happy man program repeated, I would love to obtain a copy. You are right, Salmo the leaper is one of the classics and one that every keen salmon and sea trout angler should watch.
Do not try his jumping in the river and trying to float downstream feet first unless you have three persons with you to get you out. A number of years ago i got my feet washed from under me wading on a gravel spit. Rembering the instructions i tried to get my feet up but no sooner done than my head was under. Being a good swimer i tried various strokes but the only one that worked was the "dog paddle" It took three people to hold on to me and get the waders down and get rid of some of the water before i could attempt to leave the river. The water was coming out of my mouth and my nose. Get a life jacket. Bob
Touch mouse I've never lost my footing to date although I seem to remember Shuggie advising that you should keep your gob firmly closed - "ship too much water first time down and you wont come back up" - a wholly sensible move in my opinion.
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