Itu’s Bones Hits the Shelves


Written by: Phil Monahan

My friend Carl McNeil‘s long-awaited film Itu’s Bones—co-directed and -produced with his wife, Jeanie Ackley—has finally been released. We ran the trailer back in August, there’s a 10-minute short above, and I can’t wait to see the finished product. Here’s Carl’s description of the project:


The film tells the story of expert Bonefish netter Itu (pronounced
ee-too) Davey as he makes the journey from subsistence gill-netter to pro fly-fishing guide. Itu’s Bones is a compelling story that features gorgeous images of the Pacific and truly incredible Bonefish action on fly. (And these bones are jumbo size.)

We’re particularly proud of this production as not only has the film made a positive impact in helping protect a species and establish fishing reserves, but it shows just how much one man can achieve when he puts his mind to it.

As a result of initiatives by the Cook Islands Government and Ministry of Fisheries, over 700 hectares of Aitutaki lagoon have gone into reserves and protected areas to enhance habitat and protect the species.

The Ministry and people of the small Island of Aitutaki have shown the foresight and fortitude to make decisions that very few larger corporations have had the courage to make.
They have set a shining example of what can be achieved in establishing a sustainable recreational sports fishery.

Of all the outcomes derived from the Aitutaki Bonefish project perhaps the most compelling is what Itu himself has achieved. From selling five Bonefish for $20 dollars, Itu now runs a successful catch-and-release guiding business. He has gone on to run two flats skiffs and employs his two brothers, Tia and Rua. This year they have advance bookings of more than 100 days.

You can purchase your copy from your local fly shop. If they don’t have it, tell them to get it.

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