The Complete Angler - Full length version

The Complete Angler is a film by James Prosek (artist/writer), Fritz Mitchell (producer/editor) and Peter Franchella (cinematographer). It documents Prosek's travels as he walks in the footsteps of the 17th century English writer, Izaak Walton—"research" for his senior thesis at Yale. The film focuses on Walton's book, The Compleat Angler, a book that many have heard of but few have actually read.

Chapter 1 - James leaves Connecticut for Ireland and England, catching a few trout in his home streams and musing about his youth, fishing, and some Waltonian ideals. He visits the library at Yale and examines a first edition of Walton's Compleat Angler from 1653. Then he sits for a reading of Yeat's poem, The Song of Wandering Aengus, by Harold Bloom.

Chapter 2 - James goes to Ireland to experience the earliest form of fly-fishing, dapping live mayflies impaled on fine-wire hooks for brown trout on the lakes of the Connemara region. He visits with a boy who collects and sells live mayflies to the fishermen, and salmon fishes along the Eriff River.

Chapter 3 - James fishes a tributary of the Thames in London that Walton fished three hundred and fifty years before, the River Lea. Walton was forced out of London during the English Civil War and returned to the pastoral beauty of his homeland in Derbyshire and the beautiful River Dove in the Peak District.

Chapter 4 - James visits the "fishing temple" on the River Dove, which Charles Cotton (considered the father of modern fly-fishing) built in honor of his friend Izaak Walton.

Chapter 5 - James fishes with Sir John Swire, an upper-class Englishman who talks about his love of fishing and of Izaak Walton's ideals and life philosophy.

Chapter 6 - James visits Victoria Wakefield who helped him secure fishing on the renowned chalk streams, the Test and Itchen in Hampshire. She introduces him to Roger Harrison, who owns a beautiful stretch of water on the Itchen with lots of wild trout. There, James encounters a milkmaiden.

Final Chapter - James visits Izaak Walton's grave in a chapel in Winchester Cathedral, and discusses the last years of his life. Then he sings a song in a meadow by the river and returns to the fishing at the pond near his home in Connecticut.

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Автор Darcizzle Offshore ( назад)
very nice

Автор David Hugo ( назад)
Thank you, as a fly fisherman, actor and artist I thank you for helping the
world to understand our passion as an art.

Автор Simon Edström ( назад)
love this its a beautiful piece of art 🍻🎣

Автор Jan Gregor ( назад)
Kudos and thank you!

Автор Lawrence Smeen ( назад)
Very well done !!!

Автор Mathieu Mclean ( назад)
Did I just see a Yank do justice to English literature and to the noble art
of fly fishing??!! Not only that but it was compelling from beginning to
end. Top marks, Buddy!! 😉

Автор John Murphy ( назад)
Elegant and beautiful video indeed. As a fly fisherman, this depicts the
side of fly fishing that people don't know about, that it is a form of art.
One must study the creature, habitat and surroundings with an elevated
concentration, being one with oneself and of course learning to be quiet.
An enjoyable video.

Автор Midland Transport ( назад)
Walton was born in Staffordshire not Derbyshire!

Автор Druetty ( назад)
A fantastic work, beautiful in every way. Thank You!

Автор ragusa60 ( назад)
Beautiful video- please allow me to link to it on our site on historical
Swiss flies- even if i must admit that in the time of Walton, perhaps in
Switzerland there was only worm fishing

Автор John Smith (538 лет назад)
This is a great video. I want to learn more about flyfishing, have bought
one and am waiting for the weather to improve. Currently to windy. Either
way thank you for this video. I now hope to flyfish England for trout some
day. Will have to read that book as well.

Автор Timothyjohn Johnnelson ( назад)
This is a wonderful film! I really liked it.

Автор Book Bard ( назад)
Beautiful film.

Автор Daniel Covey ( назад)
Beautifully filmed, directed and narrated. Lovely work.

Автор Sandy Reinauer ( назад)
Enjoyed thoroughly... only 48 minutes long but rich in simplicity &
understanding. Treat yourself!

Автор David Suttle ( назад)
Elitist garbage

Автор Dapaker ( назад)
Wonderful documentary, great cinematography, and dialogue. Thank you.

Автор James D. Swanson ( назад)
Well done son well done ! :) Any father heaven or on earth would be proud
of your efforts and demeanor with or with out a Fly rod in hand !

Автор James D. Swanson ( назад)
Right left and cast Right handed ?

Автор chelenthal ( назад)
Wonderful movie!

Автор Tyler Minix ( назад)
I've never read the Complete Angler, but I've read John Gierach. His
writings are largely responsible for my obsession with the sport. Whether I
should glorify or vilify him for that differs depending upon my company.

Автор themightyquinner123 ( назад)
That was fantastic. I talked to a grizzled old fisherman who owns a
hatchery. He told me in the 80's the ponds would be shoulder to shoulder
with families. Dads and moms out for a day of fishing with their kids.
Sadly he has seen 5 kids this summer. They all play on their video games
and electronic play stations. A loss of a society that will never feel the
magic of fly fishing and the thrill of the outdoors. He was almost crying
when he told this story. Some reflection on where we are going.

Автор Andy Watts ( назад)
A must watch for any type of angler !!! . What a fantastic program well
done to everyone involved and thank you .

Автор Stephen Land ( назад)
Izaak Walton was nothing but a goddamned bait fisherman and he couldn't
even spell 'complete'!

Автор styx85 ( назад)

Автор jock barblessable ( назад)
Fishing as it should be , sedate beautiful film ,unlike some of the laddish
match fishing t.v. shows , [apart from the Geofrey Palmer series of a few
years ago], I like to be by the water and enjoy the sights and sounds of
nature even if I dont catch a fish .

Автор C. Tex ( назад)
The most beautiful video about fly fishing I've ever seen,

Автор Jd2themax ( назад)
30:50 Ahaha! I was not expecting that!

Автор Chaz Seymour ( назад)
Thanks...great film...hope u got a A...

Автор Daniel Isabelle ( назад)
I've been watching this for some years now and let me tell ya,this never
gets olds i watch this from time to time to get inspiration 

Автор Hector Reyes ( назад)
Awesome! Thanks for sharing.Satori caught in film...

Автор Bill Hensel ( назад)
When one sits in ZAZEN pondering a simple KOAN such as "what is the sound
of one hand clapping" an observer may ask a fair question, what purpose is
there in sitting so still. When I'm asked why do I fish, I will simply
point in the direction of Mr. Prosecs wonderful video, for the answer is

Автор Bill Hensel ( назад)
When one sits in ZAZEN pondering a simple KOAN such as "what is the sound
of one hand clapping" an observer may ask a fair question, what purpose is
there in sitting so still. When I'm asked why do I fish, I will simply
point in the direction of Mr. Prosecs wonderful video, for the answer is

Автор E4T6 ( назад)
This is really good. Well Done. I think it is a kind of art-form. Seems
like everybody knows how to do it now, though.

Автор Meandonlyme Andher ( назад)
49 people who never try to fly fish or read any book :) ! Thx for sharing
very touchable video :) !

Автор Dan Ham ( назад)
anywhere to watch this in HD? 

Автор Lasse Lohse ( назад)
Very Very Good! Like the love of the history and the respect of history.
Well done!

Автор Don Rhymer ( назад)

Автор claudio aparecido dos santos ( назад)
olha muito bom um pouco parecido um com bret pit fes ficou bom perfect

Автор Carter Dennis ( назад)
A writer who may like to fish. Not a fisherman who likes to write.

Автор David, Rebekah BOWIE ( назад)
Entertaining stuff! Well done.

Автор LabproBoss ( назад)
Very nice

Автор Morten Skogly ( назад)
Beautiful piece. Ps: Turned on English (automatic) captions. Funny :)

Автор Domnic Dias ( назад)
'' study to be quite '', something every angler needs to learn... thanks
James.. a few true values of life can be learnt with the art of angling. 

Автор Kelberi (182 года назад)
I read your book 42nd altitude? 

Автор Richard Elliott ( назад)
james, have a look at this..

Автор Gareth Roocroft ( назад)
Ahhh, the good old 4 false cast on a small stream!

Автор HanyBany ( назад)
Amazing. Pure poetry!

Автор Jim Troughton ( назад)
Thanks for posting this wonderful video.

Автор callyharley ( назад)
Well well fishing with a dry lie.

Автор sebastien lagace ( назад)
I cant wait to get my first salmon .

Автор Per Kristian ( назад)
This was touching and inspiring. It warmed my fishing heart :)

Автор Chris Trickett ( назад)
This is an amazing documentary, in every way. Hope this guy gets more TV
assignments, TV desperately needs a bit of quality these days.

Автор Ged Clarke ( назад)
Yesterday morning I left the Charles Cotton Hotel in Hartington in the
Debyshire Dales to fish the Temple Beat on the River Dove, lit a fire in
the sandstone fireplace that has Charles Cottons initials carved upon and
thought back to those two men sitting by that very fishing hut some 340
years ago. I caught a beautiful wild brownie on a dry sedge, using a lovely
old split 7' cane rod, a small Hardy Perfect with a silk line on the lower
beat below Pyke's Pool. Within a cavernous green moss covered valley, I
walked the beat to the Temple and watched Graylings spawning in an ecstatic
dance in the middle of the stream. A wonderful day.

Автор Nicholas Chischilly ( назад)
Beautiful bridge between the past and the present of angling. very nice.

Автор Joshua Neubert ( назад)
I couldn't have said it better. Very well done. 

Автор sawzall2ca ( назад)
An amazing and wonderful work! Thank you

Автор Johnny V Online ( назад)

Автор George Mickatavage ( назад)
An absolutely wonderful job! Beautiful thoughts, video and music. I was
tying flies while listening/watching. I think these flies will catch fish!
lol. Very pleased :) -George from Ridgefield, CT USA

Автор Jason Sweet ( назад)
Great film. Tight lines

Автор Derry Johnson ( назад)
What a wonderful tale of fishing for my favorite species. To live in the
day of such simplicity would have been a blessing of untold magnitude!

Автор Chris Berthiaume ( назад)
Peabody Award winner I believe. " won a Peabody Award in 2003 for his
documentary about traveling through England in the footsteps of Izaak
Walton, the seventeenth-century author of The Compleat Angler." 

Автор Blightyish ( назад)
It's very hard, not to say impossible to take the hypocrisy seriously one
often hears from hunters, anglers and the like. They make a great show of
telling us how they
just l o v e nature and wildlife sooo much; they love the wildlife so
much that they trample out in woods and fields and streams to kill the
animals they love -be they fish or birds or beasts- just to watch them
die, -for the very fun of it.
-A rather sick form of pastime.
The hollowness of their words is hard to stomach, and so is the sad fact
that these fools rush in in their big wellies to spread death and
destruction where angels fear to tread.
Personally I find it much more attractive to watch live animals and study
their habits and habitats than blow or cut them out of being.

Автор Fly Fishing Project ( назад)
Great movie! Well done, and thank you for sharing. I normally don't leave
comments - though felt compelled to acknowledge you for your terrific
efforts. :) Tight lines!

Автор Grant White ( назад)

Автор thebones ( назад)
Thanks for the effort that you put in to make this rather special film. it
is great to hear someone express the other reasons that some of us fish,
the connection with nature, the peace and the solitude that allows us to
ponder on who and what we are. Staring into deep water from childhood - a
pond, a river whirl-pool or a lake has a profound effect on one's adult
life. You seem to have grown up very nicely, good luck with whatever you

Автор Bruno Coelho ( назад)
really good! thank you.

Автор CrFishing ( назад)
Loved it!

Автор Kris Sray ( назад)
What a wonderful video. Just getting into fly fishing myself, and this has
been most inspirational. Thank you.

Автор mike jones ( назад)

Автор John Purcell ( назад)
Great video! Want to share with our club.

Автор john bolger ( назад)
great video well done 

Автор timothy brittain ( назад)
Makes me realize how much I love fly fishin, from small trout in streams to
snook and reds on the flats it's all fun and always gives me the same
completing feeling

Автор Steve Sanderson ( назад)
very enjoyable :) 

Автор Don Corleone ( назад)
A wonderful video.

Автор Kormoranjaeger ( назад)
Wonderfull! I love it!

Автор ALvien ScobyDoo ByDoo ( назад)
nice ,, i like it

Автор Zoran “Mojsinjski” Jerinic ( назад)

Автор RussianSnipeU ( назад)
Gotta love Connecticut. I've been fishing the farmington ever since I could

Автор Outcast Outdoors ( назад)
As a fisherman of life's answers, It is of no coincidence I stumbled upon
this gem. Thank you! Wonderful!

Автор Deddy Kurniawan ( назад)
thank you for showing me how beautiful fishing. i'm indonesian fisher, this
film shows me another way to enjoy strike hook. 

Автор branonpsu ( назад)
LOL! My grandma used to poach them in milk with onions and never used lemon
and butter. It was awful in my childhood opinion. My grandfather made me
keep every one until I had a limit of 5 fish, then that was my lunch. I
guess that is why I throw them back now :)

Автор Monte-Carlo Gaz ( назад)
Brilliant film, fantastic narration, beautiful music and a work of art. I
now live in the glitz and glam of Monte-Carlo, Monaco but grew up fly
fishing these rivers in Northern England. When I retire, this is what I
want to be doing every day, fly fishing at home on the rivers' Ribble,
Lune, Hodder, Wenning, Wharfe, Calder, Nidd etc,etc. How I miss those

Автор Bigskygirl ( назад)
Thank you, thank you for this quiet interlude in my otherwise frustrating
afternoon. My Dad also taught me the importance of studying to be quiet
while fishing. I long for those simpler days. It does my heart good to know
there are young people who are respectful and willing to learn from "old
men". Thank you again.

Автор Giancarlo Donninelli ( назад)
Great job!. Lots of greetings from an old wolf river ITALIAN

Автор MrMagic8ball ( назад)
aw shut up ya dumb purist it aint a crime to keep a fish for dinner.

Автор 419friedtoast ( назад)
great vid.. im inspired to read the book now

Автор Ian Wallace ( назад)
On a cold February night what better a film to warm you and make ypu want
to be back on the water.

Автор TheNek17 ( назад)
Beautiful film, why is it linked to ESPN? Anything to do with Shapiro at
the Indians?

Автор AfroTraditionalist ( назад)
This is among the most beautiful things I've ever seen.

Автор Micheal Quinn ( назад)
Excellent, what more can be said.

Автор jhenrymig ( назад)
the miss at 27:30 was beautiful...made me smile thinking of the fish that
have taken but I haven't caught. Well done.

Автор onlycreate1 ( назад)
I got the English version of this film as a gift a few years ago. Love it.

Автор heresaguy2016 ( назад)
This film is a true gem. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Thanks for making it and
thankyou for posting it.

Автор jannassary ( назад)
wow! victoria has a beautiful garden with a wonderful scene

Автор Richard Morante ( назад)
hey, hes a southpaw! 

Автор notpopebuthope ( назад)
A real treat to watch and listen ... Thanks and Cheers from Austria!

Автор Thomas Vanting ( назад)
beautiful - thanks :)

Автор lindavillepl ( назад)
Heartwarming , thank you for sharing

Автор Paul Krieger ( назад)
Thank you so much for a beautiful and outstanding made story, that
transended to a place i too ruin to be...Paul Krieger

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