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Blue Koi in Maruoka Castle’s Koi Pond

 John Montana seen lurking in the bushes. LINK (Via: Living in Japan)


Film Review: 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.

Chum Thoughts:

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.

It's a short piece (36 mins) and isn't the feature fly fishing film experience we've come to expect lately.  In our opinion, it's more of a discovery channel thing. 

It's is available for sale here.

As posted on the Chum in the past - here's the trailer

Fly Fishing - Once in a Blue Moon 60sec promo from On the Fly on Vimeo.



The Plastiquarium is immersed in mystery. Modern myth suggests that a century of increasing phosphate levels in Earth's marine environment caused new, synthetic life forms to emerge. As recyclable HDPE plastic containers spread concentrates of consumer product pollutants, the Plastiquarium creatures evolved in the image of their packaging forbearers. LINK


May Slab of the Month: Dutch Carp


29 lbs. Edwin Kerssies impressively throws us a nice little Euro bitch slap.


Heart of Darkness

Chris Santella chases baby tarpon in the mangrove shrouded salt water lakes on the eastern shores of the Yucatan Peninsula. LINK (Via: The New York Time)


Michael Palin talks about The Fish Slapping Dance