Videos

I’ve got a bit more into videos the last two or three years, and getting a GoPro in early 2014 really encouraged me to get a little more serious about recording at least some of my trips.

The videos are split roughly into 3 groups – trips and reviews of the year type stuff; a couple focussed on favourite venues (e.g. Loch Etive) and then some looking at trips abroad (hiking rather than fishing, though).

All these videos and more are available on my YouTube channel, and just hit the subscribe button to see any new ones as they come along.

Fishing Trips

Skye is a fantastic island, but was showing her grey and dreich side when I spent a long weekend exploring the shore fishing in a couple of areas.

A couple of stunning day trips hiking and fishing along the shores of Loch Etive with only my spaniel for company.

A beaut of a day at the end of January 2017. Mainly small spurs, but who cares when you’re fishing somewhere as pretty as this. First shot with the Yi 4K camera as well.

The best bits, set to the soundtrack from a GoPro advert to see if it gives a bit more “oomph” to the fishing.

A week spent chasing tope and hounds in Galloway. A couple of fish in the mid-thirties, but the surprise was the sheer quantity of hounds – I had 57 to my rods alone in one day.

A short round up of my 2015. A bit biased towards a week in Galloway, but plenty of other stuff in there from around Scotland.

Venues

I find it takes quite a few trips to get enough images and video to do even a half-decent job of showing a general area, so these are pulled together from several year’s worth. They’re not supposed to give exact marks to fish or anything, but hopefully an overview of what they’re like to fish.

Loch Etive is one of my favourite fishing grounds as it offers shelter over the winter and magnificent scenery to explore. It throws up the odd big fish, but it’s more usually about small spurs, thornies and dogfish.

Loch Leven is smaller, shallower and less wild than Etive, but still a great place to spend a few hours. Main target (for me, anyway) is thornback rays, but there are a scattering of other species.

Further Afield

These aren’t fishing videos, but cover a couple of holiday expeditions to California and British Columbia. If you like long distance backpacking in very wild but completely stunning country then you might like to take a look. The BC video also includes a 5 day sea kayaking trip to Desolation Sound, which is an amazing place to visit.

My Video Equipment

I’m completely unsophisticated in my choice of kit, and I kicked off with a GoPro Hero3. Most of the actual video here is shot on that, and mainly on standard 1080 HD settings. The Hero3 met it’s maker videoing us fishing in an Aberdeenshire storm, so has now been replaced by a Yi 4k GoPro clone – I’ve not played with that yet, so we’ll have to see how it copes.

Having shot quite a bit of this sort of video now, I find that the single best mount has been GoPro’s own flexible Gooseneck mount which can be clipped pretty much anywhere, attached to a tripod or used as a selfie stick if you need to. Space and weight are important to me so a single versatile mount is very useful to have.

I do take a little video and a lot of images on my Pentax K-r DSLR, but it’s not really a good camera for video. I’d like to get a compact camera with good image quality and a modest zoom which has decent audio and 4k capability – there are one or two examples out there that almost fit the bill, so I guess I’ll acquire one in the not too distant future.

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