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The Trout Bum Diaries:
Volume 2: Kiwi Camo

The Angling Exploration Group    $26.95
DVD: 75 minutes, with bonus tracks

The Trout Bum Diaries

Here we go again. Just when you thought it was safe to enter your home waters, complacent in your fishing skills, another AEG tale of trout bums surviving an epic journey jumps into your DVD player. Tighten down that Pfleuger, check that ferrule, cinch down your boot laces, squeeze some more Goop under your felt, sit back and pour yourself a tall cold glass of Look At The Size Of That Fish!

And that fish. And that fish. Not that your own fish are small and few in comparison, but that, well, your own fish are small and few in comparison. But don't worry about the present level of your own fishing. At least you'll be safe in your fishing. You won't be risking fly rod fractures, to say nothing of ankle sprains. You won't be eaten by flesh eating flies. You won't be busting an axel in a place where only trout an hear you scream. You won't be falling in a creek in a land you probably can't find on the globe and where cell coverage is as common as a good night's sleep. You won't be busting a rotator trying to lay down a 16-foot leader. And you won't be assaulting your digestive tract by eating the kind of canned pasta that makes a South Beach diet taste like food fit for kings.

On the other hand, you also won't be catching fish that you see only in dreams and bookstore rags--fish that are longer than the road traveled. Fish that stare at you on expensive calendars while you fight printers, faxes, cafeteria food and the boss. And you won't be snapping pics of your vacation in ways you don't normally do--within a rich mix of media and musical experiments that artistically bring out not only the fish, but the adventure, the camaraderie, the land, the culture, and a timeless desire to chase the unknown only to release it back to the unknown.

Be careful with this video. You might grudgingly suspect that there are definitely cooler places to fish and fantastic adventures to be had beyond where you typically bend your line. And you might find yourself mumbling to yourself "I really do need to get out more often."

Such is the impact of AEG's new video. Timeless stuff. I don't know much about Zen, but if I did, it'd probably look like something on this DVD. I have no idea where the Anglers Exploration Group is headed next. But one thing is certain--where ever they go, they'll continue to point, turn and twist their camera lens in ways that will not fail to entertain as it encourages our fishing.

--Toney J. Sisk


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