CARL McNeil is a New Zealand-based filmmaker and fly fishing instructor. After seeing the impressive trailer of Blue Moon I just had to grab a copy. With brilliant camera work and professional production, the film looks at New Zealand’s rare phenomenon of mouse-eating trout. Yep, mouse-eating trout. It’s a fascinating story filled with informative interviews and spectacular footage of these monster trout in some of the most pristine trout waters on the South Island. Like many of these fly fishing films, it doesn’t cover the “how to” aspect of fishing. It’s not supposed to.
That doesn’t mean you won’t learn something here. This film is packed full of interesting information in a documentary style film. You’ll come away armed with plenty of knowledge on New Zealand’s exciting world of fly fishing. This is a film for anyone who appreciates fine film making. You simply won’t find a better shot fishing film anywhere. The aerial, underwater and fishing footage is all second to none.
Once in a Blue Moon’s vibe could be described as low key. It’s not action packed with “surf
style film” antics. And the soundtrack won’t have the older crowd switching off. Put simply,
Once in a Blue Moon shares this unique fishing phenomenon in fine style.
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By Scott Thomas