As promised, this is the second video from our recent trip to Cuba’s Jardines de la Reina. We actually went a bit camera crazy before the journey – I’d bought a new Canon Powershot SX60 and my brother, Will, had picked up a GoPro – which is part of the reason this is a fairly up-tempo montage! But, given that this style of fishing is usually done in teams of two, it’s perfect for one shooting movie footage while the other takes a turn on the rod, so it’s a good way of getting plenty of action on film. I don’t mind admitting, I love this movie. We were really lucky to capture some of this footage – the tarpon flying out of the water trying to grab an airborne fly as I messed up a roll cast; the fish that somehow Will kept out of the mangroves; the many lost fish and a couple of the ones we landed.
Starring in this movie are Mike Green, my brother, Will Green, long-time fishing companion and friend of the family, Rod Barley, and me, plus our brilliant guides, Bember and Leo (both highly recommended if you decide to visit!). If you’ve already watched the first video we made, you’ll know we spent the week switching between bonefish and tarpon fishing: both of which are great fun in their own right. The fish offer very different challenges – bonefish must be one of the fastest fish you can catch on a fly, while the acrobatic tarpon are much easier to hook than they are to land, almost always leaping out of the water as soon as they’re hooked.
(You’ll see from the video that the tarpon in Cuba are small at this time of year (November), but they are there in numbers. If you want to catch bigger ones and don’t mind waiting a while longer in the heat, head out there in June or July.)
Before I finish, here’s a quick nod to the Instrumental Core, whose soundtrack, ‘The Angels Among Demons’, I absolutely love. I hope you enjoy watching these videos as much as we enjoyed making them and I’d love to know your thoughts. If you have time, drop me a message in the comments below, and please do share this page with your friends using the buttons below. Thank you and tight lines!!