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Once in a Blue Moon: The Fly Fishing Adventure of a Lifetime (2009)

Carl McNeil  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Carl McNeil
  • Writers: Jeanie Ackley, Carl McNeil - On the Fly
  • Producers: Jeanie Ackley, Carl McNeil - On the Fly
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: On the Fly Productions
  • DVD Release Date: April 30, 2009
  • Run Time: 40 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00284BVC2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,559 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The critically acclaimed Once in a Blue Moon.

International Multi Award Winner

Featuring some of the most incredible fly fishing footage ever filmed. Breathtaking underwater sequences, enthralling trout behavior and truly amazing fly casting.

Once in a Blue Moon
The incredible story of a once in a lifetime event.
Set amongst the spectacular scenery of southern New Zealand, a most strange and bizarre tale unfolds. The stuff of folklore, 'Once in a Blue Moon' unravels the mystery of an event that occurs briefly once a decade. This strange and unreal journey takes us into some of the most remote and beautiful parts of New Zealand as we follow one anglers quest to document and unravel a childhood mystery and catch the fish of a lifetime.

In an unpredictable chain of events a mass flowering of the ancient New Zealand Beech forest leads to an excess of seed production. Mice and rodents take advantage of this abundance and numbers reach plague proportions. Incredible footage follows these rodents as they embark on a strange migration, attempting to swim across the expanse of New Zealand's rivers and lakes. There they fall prey to the largest predators in the lake - monster Brown trout. Gorging themselves on swimming mice, these fish become extremely aggressive and grow to epic proportions. For a fly fishing Angler, this is the stuff dreams are made of.

This bizarre phenomenon has remained a mystery...until now...

Incredible Cinematography
Shot in beautiful high definition 'Once in a Blue Moon' reveals this bizarre story. Stunning cinematography, never before seen underwater footage, fantastic fly fishing and amazing trout behavior will take you deep into the tale of the fabulous and mysterious "Mouse Year".

"If you are a serious fly angler and appreciate expert casting, this film is an absolute must!"

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Customer Reviews

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This is one of those rare films that regardless if you participate in the activity it is promoting or not, you will find something that appeals to you.

You do not have to be an angler to appreciate this film-It is an entertaining, awe inspiring and educational film.

The camera work is top notch and the scenery is mind blowing.

If you enjoy the outdoors at all, to any degree, you must buy this DVD. If you are into photography, biology, botany or, last, but most certainly not least,fishing, you must buy this DVD.

I own many outdoor related, hunting and fishing videos and DVD's and this is the best film of it's kind I have ever seen. Actually, it is in a class by itself. I have never seen a fly fishing film that comes close to the quality of this film.

Two Thumbs up!!!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Photography May 29, 2009
Absolutely stunning photography. It was a real treat to visit some of these special fly fishing locations deep in the south island of New Zealand. The combination of helicopter views and underwater scenes made it a visual delight. While I'm not a fisherman I was still able to appreciate the film for its story, scenary and biology lesson. Definitely a great one to add to a DVD collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this DVD May 23, 2009
This was a very well done documentary. Yes, it had it's fair share of excessive casting & (huge) trout footage, but not the typical "trout bum" style of film that's being made these days. I really enjoyed the scientific approach and explanation of the impact of the mice population explosion. The mice evidently not only attract big brown trout, but some very large eels too! The beautiful scenery shot from above (helicopter) & below (underwater camera) make this a worthwhile purchase on their own. I would love nothing more than to fish some of these lakes & streams - the water clarity was amazing. Video is about 45 minutes in length, just about right.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty pictures December 13, 2011
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The scenery is great. The photography is great. The actual fishing time is fairly short. There isn't really anything in the way of show and tell, how-to, or gear time. I love to hear people talk about how and why they're doing what they're doing and discuss the gear they're using; none of that here.

If you want pretty pictures and fly-by's ... this is for you. If you're looking for something like "Successful Fly Fishing Strategies" by Lafontaine and Sharron, you'll be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have fly fishing video (and great gift!) August 28, 2011
It's hard to even call this a "fly fishing video" because the rest in the category aren't even close to this one. "Once in a Blue Moon" has the story, the cinematography and stunning landscapes of one of the most beautiful places on earth (New Zealand) that puts it in competition with feature films-not the usual "handy cam" fishing videos. This has been my go to gift for all my fishing buddies. Absolutely amazing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful film May 8, 2011
By Chris
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I needed a gift for my father who is an avid fisherman, but wanted something that was more than just two dudes on a boat all day. This film is fantastic. The cinematography is stellar and the story and action are fun to watch. Just wish it was 2 hrs and not 45 min!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Fly Fishing Documentary Ever May 25, 2009
This film is in its own league. I own a lot of Fly Fishing DVDs and they pale in comparison to this great documentary. Not only do you get to watch one of the top 100 fly casters of the world, Carl McNeil, work his magic, but the cinematography in HD above and below the water is spectacular....really unbelievable. Add the scientific lesson you get on the feeding behaviors of New Zealand trout and you have a 3 way combo that is a force to be reckoned with.

In the Eastern Sierras, there is legend of the big browns of the Owens River getting fooled on mouse imitations. Now I can't wait to try it.

I have a new ritual: Watching this film before a fly fishing trip to fire me up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars visual decadence! May 24, 2009
I have seen quite a bit of the current and past offerings in the flyfishing movie genre, this for me has been THE best! stunning scenery from a world heritage area, casting like I cant, and great editing. many hours of footage must have been shot to create this, no overbearing soundtrack or excessively fast scene changes, just quality by the bucket. the factual interviews are woven in well and with relevance. more please!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Perfect !!
Published 1 month ago by Zerillo Daniel
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well put together film
This is a film first about the mouse year and second about fly fishing. There are some great takes though. All and all a great film.
Published 20 months ago by frank
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal!
Browns and rainbows on mouse patterns in New Zealand, who needs more? Actually there is much more offered, including science lessons and phenomenal footage. Read more
Published 21 months ago by foreverteachable
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay.
My husband and I have been fly-fishing in New Zealand (which was amazing). I think this movie was lacking a little in action and probably could have used more commentary from the... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Elizabeth Drollinger
5.0 out of 5 stars On time, good price, easy transaction
Purchased this as a Christmas gift and it arrived quickly, in great condition, and as advertised. I has a positive experience with this seller.
Published on January 5, 2012 by S
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I expected.
From the reviews I read, it was made out to be an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime event. Don't get me wrong, there is some great cinematography and some amazing browns being caught,... Read more
Published on September 6, 2011 by Thomas Morse
5.0 out of 5 stars Once in a blue moon
Traumhafte Naturaufnahmen- einfach wunderschoen-Ich wuerde diese DVD sofort wieder bestellen!!! Die Bestellung dauerte wie angegeben und kam rechtzeitig an (Porto zwar etwas mehr,... Read more
Published on August 7, 2011 by Karin
5.0 out of 5 stars Once in a Blue Moon
I played this at our flyfishing monthly club meeting. Everyone was thrilled and on the edge of their seats. I highly recommend it!
Published on June 14, 2011 by JB Brahy
3.0 out of 5 stars A humble opinion
It's a good film as far as fly-fishing videos go. Where most are rather dry and look like they were filling the vacuum of pre-utube quality self made films. Read more
Published on June 11, 2011 by Brian J. Horn
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