One of the last films shot by longtime cameraman Bert Bridgman before his death, this 1958 promotional film follows an American tourist with a licence to fish in New Zealand, her “passport to pleasure”. Narrated by Pulitzer-Prize winning writer and conservationist Louis Bromfield, the film quotes liberally from English 'father of fishing' Izaak Walton, as the “gal from the States” is given fly fishing instruction. The life cycle of trout is shown, and the film — directed by onetime war correspondent Ron McIntyre — ends with a contest of wits between wily angler and trout.
Can you work a reel? Can you cast a line? Can you choose a lure? This gal from the States hasn't been here before, and she is new to it all ... but he'll help her, for she joined the Izaak Walton fellowship.– Narrator Louis Bromfield
Music composed by Edward Williams, and conducted by Marcus Dods