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“Revolutionary” ~ Brad Harris, Flylife

“This is indisputably one of the best dvds yet made on the sport anywhere, by anyone, and arguably the finest yet made on, in, or about New Zealand”

~ Bob South, Fish and Game Magazine

...I have yet to show this film to someone who has not been ooh'ing and ahh'ing all the way through, and just confirmed my assessment of this as pure bred Global Class.

...because this is undoubtedly the most beautiful fishing DVD I have seen. Simply stunning!”

“Stunningly beautiful footage from a stunningly beautiful country...”

~ Martin Joergensen,

“The hatch of recent fly flicks is starting to turn some of us into selective eaters.  But this one is presented in just the right water with just the right drift.

After viewing it with Mrs. Rathbun (who at this point is getting pretty tired of watching fly related stuff) we both agreed - this is different.  Like Hustle and Fish and like Rivers of the Lost Coast, Once in a Blue Moon takes a unique approach that will suck you in.  By combining some really powerful cinematography, with the story of a mysterious food-chain lifecycle, it does things we've not seen before.


“Super cool and super beautiful.”

~ Eric, USA

“Just when I thought I’d seen it all in fly fishing movies, Once in a Blue Moon lands on my doorstep.  The first comparison that ran through my mind after watching it was that this is what you’d get if you crossed Drift with the Planet Earth Series on the Discovery Channel.  In short, this film is more National Geographic than it is Jackass.”

~ Review, Hatches Magazine

“Stunningly beautiful footage from a stunningly beautiful country of stunningly beautiful fisherme... ehr, fish! Well, the anglers look pretty good too. Filmed in HD with some amazing clips of mice, casting, fighting and not least strikes in clear water.”


Visual decadence!

“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!”

~ Ian Smith, New Zealand


“Really enjoyed this DVD

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.”

~ Troutrageous1, USA

“Stunning locations, beautifully filmed - it'll be worth watching many times over. Buy it, you won't regret it!”

~ Al, Germany

“Totally awesome. I mostly can't be arsed to watch TV for an hour but this was spectacular. The video work is amazing.”

~ Rich, USA

“Once in a Blue Moon raises the benchmark for future fly fishing movies. It truely does portray the beauty and serenity of Fiordland! The quality of production is excellent and the footage of both casting and the hookups is excellent verging on spectacular. 

I humbly suggest it is the best I have seen however I should admit that I am biased as it was filmed in an area that I love.

This video is a must for any fly fishing person and especially for those that dream of fishing Fiordland.”

~ Lionel, New Zealand

“I just wanted to let people know that it is one of, if not the best, fly fishing movies I have ever seen (and I can tell you my collection is pretty extensive!) The cinematography of New Zealand and the footage of fish coming up to take a mouse pattern during the day is simply OUTSTANDING!!!!”

~ Simon, Australia

“Just finished watching the DVD - have to say this is as good as it gets and will set the standard for Fly Fishing DVD's for others to aspire to. The entire production is slick and not one second of those 36 minutes is wasted. Worth every cent (they were NZ ones anyway) and is highly recommended “ 

~ Dave, Australia

“I got the movie in the mail today….watched it immediately.  Awesome!!!!  I’m going to turn all my fly fishing buddies on to it.  Fantastic job!   Makes me want to get out in the rivers right now!!!!”

~ Tim, USA

“If you are a serious fly angler and appreciate expert casting, this film is an absolute must.”

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“Some of the most incredible fly fishing cinematography you’ll ever see”

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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 Official Selection - Adventure Film Festival - Boulder
 Selected to feature in the 2010 Drake Fly Fishing Film Tour 
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Once in a Blue Moon

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