"Carl McNeil of On the Fly Productions did it again! After his first success, the multi award winning movie Once in a Blue Moon, Carl, an FFF Certified Master Casting Instructor from New Zealand, recently put the flycasting movie Casts that Catch Fish on the market.
Having seen the stunning trailer on YouTube (see below), my expectations were very high. Last week I finally received the DVD and I have watched it several times since. Never have I seen such excellent flycasting footage. The quality of the movie is very high. Carl presents the five essentials of good fly casting and then demonstrates and explains in detail - with the help of slow motion and graphics - the most useful presentation casts or, as he calls them, casts that catch fish: roll cast (in several variations), reach mend, pile cast, wiggle cast, aerial mend, bucket mend, tuck cast and curve casts. These are indeed casts that perfectly deliver your fly without the usually unwanted drag.
Being a certified flycasting instructor myself, I know how difficult it is to catch the movement of a fly line on film. Carl and his team have done an outstanding work.
Check out this exceptional DVD. It will definitely be an indispensable reference in the years to come. It is available here."
~ Jean-Paul Kauthen, the Fly Fisher Journal
The Fly Fishing Reporter:
"I mentioned Casts that Catch Fish, a fly casting DVD, a month ago and promised to let you know when it became available. Now's your chance to take a one on one fly casting workshop with Federation of Fly Fishers Master Casting Instructor Carl McNeil as he demonstrates a number of essential fly fishing casts. Each fly cast is explained step by step in plain simple language with the assistance of slow motion and graphical overlays that are really cool and easy to understand."
~ The Fly Fishing Reporter
"Do you want to learn how to fly cast? Have you tried to learn from one of the 1980's shot VHS tapes where everyone was wearing neon hats and neoprene? If the answer is YES and you'd like to check out a DVD that is done in HD for Fly Casting here you go."
"Quite simply, not only is McNeil’s casting instruction excellent, but the cinematography surpasses any I’ve seen in an instructional video to date. With the use of slow motion footage and graphic overlays, each and every cast is broken down step by step. As a result, an angler not only understands the purpose of the cast, but also the dynamics that make it possible."
~ Nomad Anglers
"A great casting DVD, well done On The Fly. The best I have seen by a country mile."
Review From American Angler - the USA's most respected Fly fishing magazine.
Once in a Blue Moon
“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, Globalflyfisher.com
“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.”
“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