In The Revenant (2015), there's a scene where Leo finds fish in the river and the fish is trapped in rocks which are arranged in a U shape on the side of the river. So did someone arrange the rocks in a U shape or were they natural arranged?

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He made that rock formation himself to catch fish.

The arrangement of rocks into that shape is a traditional fishing technique called a fishing weir. Quite a few Native American tribes used this kind of fishing technique to catch freshwater fish. The rock formation forces the fish swimming downstream into a small area where they can't easily escape, and can be grabbed by the person fishing.

From what I've read, it's actually not likely that a real fisherman would have used a weir in such a shallow stream; in those cases you could typically just grab the fish by hand as they swam in front of you. Nonetheless, it is a valid fishing technique in other cases.

  • Could be that he did it because he was too weak and like this would be easier to catch the fish?
    – Luciano
    Commented Feb 29, 2016 at 11:34
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    The problem is, as I understand it, that "fish tickling" (holding your hand underwater and waiting for a fish to swim over it) is both more common in shallow water and uses far less energy to do. I suspect the filmmakers were worried that people wouldn't buy it as "real enough" , or else wanted to play up Glass's survival skills
    – KutuluMike
    Commented Feb 29, 2016 at 11:56

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