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The Complete Angler – Prequel to The River Why?

January 23rd, 2009 · 2 Comments

With The River Why movie coming out later this year, its time to read or re-read the book, so we can tell everyone how much better the book is than the movie. Much of The River Why (book version) flows through Izaak Walton’s The Compleat Angler. While not necessary to enjoy The River Why, it seems like having an appreciation of The Compleat Angler will add some flavor.

Now, I’ve tried to read Walton’s classic, but it escapes me. So how happy was I to find a movie that I can watch, so I don’t have to read the book that helps me understand the newer book, which I read before the movie is completed.

James Prosek’s autobiographical movie, The Complete Angler, follows his young life studying Walton and his waters. Besides having better spelling, Prosek’s film shows blue skies, green fields, and a sappy score.  If your favorite parts of The Lord of the Rings movies were the young Smeagol fishing, you will enjoy this film.

Seriously, there is some pretty scenery here. Old Irish men in tweed hats fishing on lakes, fly casting among a cloud of mayflies, and spotting fish from an old stone bridge over a small stream.  Its on YouTube, so the price, unlike much in fly fishing, matches our economic times. Its worth a watch.


Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7 (and final)

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 nvloc // Jan 27, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Although I appreciated elements of the narrative, the stereotypes portrayed in this film led me to revisit a darker period of my life – the days when I used to shop at Eddie Bauer.

    Your comment about LOTR carries weight. I was waiting to catch a glimpse of the hobbit village and I think the score was lifted from the LOTR soundtrack b-sides. At least they shifted gears and tried a ‘I’d like to buy the world a Coke’ inspired folk music scene. But I digress…

    Prosek’s demeanor, like a few of my peers, echoes that of a bygone era and I think this film is his attempt at living out his idea of quintessential lifestyle. I can somewhat relate; mine just revolves around bodies of water north of the 49th clad in layers of waterproof breathable, immersed in lukewarm gas station coffee, all scored to TV theme songs from The Rockford Files, ChiP’s and The Benny Hill Show.

  • 2 Bamboo Bill // Feb 14, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    There were moments while viewing this film,
    that I realized I was not alone in simply understanding what the word “enough” means.

    This young man is an old soul indeed.

    John I bow to you out of common brotherhood and I thank you for this wonderfull evening.

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