Review: The Trout Bum Diaries – Volume 2 – Kiwi Camo

Its all gone Kiwi Camo

The DVD is described as

Prepare yourself for 75 minutes of pure fly fishing insanity with Trout Bum Diaries Vol 2: Kiwi Camo. In this installment, the usual suspects of the Angling Exploration Group take you on a hair-curling 4 month expedition into New Zealand’s shadowland as they attempt to seduce the world’s largest & most elusive backcountry brown trout. In addition to the non-stop trials & triumphs of these angling addicts, Kiwi Camo delivers a behind the scenes look into what drives the seemingly crazy trout-bum lifestyle. If you enjoyed TBD v1: Patagonia, this one is sure to hook you instantly.

What I liked about the “Trout Bum Diaries” is that it caters for lovers of fish porn. I was talking to a pal the other day about fishing DVDs – he told me there were huge chunks in one he was going to lend me on fly tying. I just don’t like that. I also don’t like learning to fly cast from a DVD either. If I want to learn to cast properly I will take a lesson – if I want to learn to tie a new fly……well to be honest I only fish with a few flies so the chances of that happening are slim so I will let that one go. What I want to see in a fishing DVD is something a little different, not the usual stuffy “how to” footage – more the something that will really spark my imagination and make me want to get out there and try and catch some monster trout – and if I cant then at least I have something to watch on those nights that I cant get to the river for whatever reason.

I think this DVD got it just right…

The only negative I had to say about Volume one of the Trout Bum diaries was that some of the most exiting footage was in the bonus footage at the end of the disc – watching the guys tempting a trout to take a dry fly – I felt there should have been more. This I see has been rectified in this second offering – now the guys are constantly taking trout with dry flies and boy is it exciting to watch. Not that catching big trout in New Zealand is easy – it looks like they had a few difficulties when they got there as well, but to be fair the boys had plenty of time to get into the swing of things and soon started to pull them in with gusto.

Thumbs up from me!

Go and check out the Angling Exploration Group site.


  1. Gareth · May 22, 2007

    Thought you’d be mentioning them soon, they’re brilliant! I agree with you though, the second volume is much better, although both are amazing to watch!


  2. steven · May 22, 2007


    I have admit to NOT having seen your dvd but i take it you’ve seen ‘a passion for angling’ ? If not why not ! 6 one hour programmes following the adventures of Chris Yates and Bob James as the fish their way through the beautiful hampshire avon, redmire pool and the spey (amongst others). It was originally shown in (i think) 1993 and not only is if funny i always find it inspirational. It’s a wonder i havent worn my dvd out watchig it that often! It really is a must own.

  3. Alistair · May 22, 2007

    Yep Steven, I have that DVD as well – I think that is one programme that will never be beat for showing what fishing is really all “about” – it is not about thrashing the water trying to catch as many fish as possible it is about the whole experience of angling. A “passion” is probably the only series that made me watch two guys catching coarse fish and enjoy it – somehow Matt Hayes just does not do it for me 🙂


  4. Jorge · May 22, 2007

    Interesting words about TBD. I only have seen the trailers, but it look amazing.

    Bye … from Spain !

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