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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-10-2009, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
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Forgive my ignorance on I.T. matters, but I assume that a UK website for the BBC can be accessed world wide, if so BBC Alba [the Gaelic speaking Scottish BBC chanel] have a new program on Atlantic Salmon / fishing as titled above.

Subtitles are provided [which is handy as I'm Welsh & don't speak Gaelic] & the program runs for 30 minutes - BBC so NO Adverts !!

The current episode is on 'the big 4' [Tweed, Tay, Dee & Spey] rivers of the East coast, & includes interviews whilst fishing with Gaelic speaking Anglers who predominantley come from the West Highlands / Islands & so some of the spey casting is a bit dodgy as these chaps are used to much smaller rivers & no doubt are masters with a single handed rod which is normally used on their home waters. However there are some Non Gaelic speaking interviews with regular rods on these rivers who are a bit more comfortable with & used to double handed rods & some nice salmon are caught, also the Lady presenter [Yes - we're are modern lot over here] is obviously an accomplished & experienced angler who casts a nice line without effort - the sign of a regular & keen angler.

I enjoyed this, although I didn't like to see springers beached on gravel & returned, but realise that compared to the trauma they go through in their spawning migration this counts for very little, its just that I prefer a large knotless landing net [usually a Gye type with a quick release sling] & then keep the fish in the water during unhooking & away from any impact with stones etc if it thrashes; but, as previously said when compared to the whacks they take when jumping falls etc, beaching a fish probably counts for nothing.

I found the program & watched it on my laptop [''Notebook'' I believe on the other side of the pond] by googling 'bbc i player' & then once in choosing the BBC Alba option & looking for the title above. Hopefully this is accessable for everyone, if not maybe someone with better I.T. skills than I [such as the average 6 year old !] can work out what's needed & post it for any interested forum members.

There are some lovely shots of classic water to enjoy on a wind & rain swept evening - ideally accompanied by a nice malt whiskey, I'm just about to top my glass up [again!] - 'Benromach peatsmoke' [Speyside] in this case, not my usual choice but it was a Christmas present I'm just getting around to, & is rather nice actually.

I hope that everyone can access this program & that it is of interest.

Best wishes, Tyke.
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BBC won't let us watch it unless we have an IP originating in the UK.

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I tried it (in USA) and got this message..."Currently BBC iPlayer TV programmes are available to play in the UK only". Too bad. Sounded great.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-10-2009, 10:38 PM Thread Starter
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Bugger !! - I might have guessed it wouldn't be that easy. Hopefully it will be available soon; alternatively as it's already sub-titled maybe a US based satellite station may pick this up & broadcast it there?

I'm off to fish the Dee next week, & am getting decidedly 'twitchy' now, nearly time for that sacrifice to the weather gods - it'll have to be a goat again I suppose, you try finding a virgin around here !

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Can we get a copy of it (legally) for viewing on this side of the pond? Maybe to Dana.
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I'd willingly pay for that.......

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