FINDING FONTINALIS | 40th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE FILM FESTIVAL

The Roxy Theater || Missoula, Montana
April 15, 2017

I’m very pleased our little film was selected, and played, at the 40th Annual International Wildlife Film Festival yesterday at The Roxy Theater in Missoula, Montana! The IWFF is an annual wildlife and conservation themed film festival held each April. The event draws in hundreds of filmmakers, scientists, conservationists and enthusiasts. Housed at The Roxy Theater, Missoula’s historic independent arthouse theater. This international event is one of the largest and most diverse audiences in the region, with 6,000 attendees and 2,000 students.

It’s an honor to be among the other great films and film makers, its a stacked line-up. Great job team!

+ International Wildlife Film Festival: http://wildlifefilms.org/
+ The Roxy Theater: http://www.theroxytheater.org/
+ Finding Fontinalis: http://www.findingfontinalis.com/




 

FINDING FONTINALIS: FEATURE-LENGTH RELEASE

Patagonia and friends release feature-length film, Finding Fontinalis, for local grassroots fundraising efforts: Conservation message at the heart of inspirational documentary about one of the oldest fishing world records on the books.

 

 

VENTURA, California, (February 20, 2017)—Patagonia and co-sponsors Far Bank Enterprises, Yeti and Costa today announced the release of the feature-length downloadable version of Finding Fontinalis. A 70-minute feature film by Travis Lowe, Finding Fontinalis explores how the search for a new world record brook trout in Argentina ultimately leads the anglers involved on a mission to conserve and protect much more than just the fish itself.

Shot over a nearly four-year span on location in Canada, Argentina, Montana, California and Florida, Finding Fontinalis is the brainchild of angler and filmmaker Travis Lowe. A short festival-length cut was first released to great audience acclaim at fly fishing film tour screenings in the spring of 2016; the full-length feature now brings the incredible full story and its accessible conservation message to a broader audience.

The film is available to be screened in local markets globally to fly fishing dealers, grassroots conservation groups, and individuals.

Finding Fontinalis —Film Background

In the summer of 1915, John William Cook disappeared into the vast boreal forests of northern Ontario, emerging seven days later with a 14.5-pound brook trout from the Nipigon River—the largest the world had ever seen. But the record was almost immediately embroiled in controversy: Some said Cook didn’t take the fish on the fly, some said it was one of Cook’s native guides who caught the fish, some even said it was no brook trout at all. Nevertheless, the record persisted.

One hundred years later, three anglers—fueled by an old gaucho’s tale that told of “el lugar con el pescado rojo grande,” the place with the big red fish—descend upon the Chubut province of Argentina in search of giant brook trout that are no longer found in their native North American range due to habitat loss and degradation.

Photographer Bryan Gregson; Patagonia’s Director of Fishing Bart Bonime; and environmentalist, angler, and founder of Patagonia Yvon Chouinard follow Agustin Fox, the charismatic and hardworking owner of Las Pampas Lodge, into an uncharted watershed to chase down the rumors. It is there that Fox shares his vision for something much greater than a new world record: the protection of not only the fish but the land, water and culture that surround it.

For screening information please visit www.findingfontinalis.com

For more information, contact Travis Lowe: t-lowe@shaw.ca


 

PATAGONIA | FLY FISH CATALOG 2017

CATALOG & PRINT AD
Las Pampas, Argentina

Each year I look forward to my annual visit to the rural area of Las Pampas. One of the great things about this region is the culture and people who live there. The fishing is good, the food is fresh, the crew is outstanding and the surrounding landscape is inspirational. Spending time with Oggy and the Las Pampas Lodge team is undoubtedly a yearly highlight for me. Ironically, I just returned home from my visit a few days ago, opened the catalog and saw one of my favorite places and people gracing the pages. It is an honor to see this moment make the cut for the 2017 Patagonia Fly Fishing Catalog and print Ad campaign; it was one of those days you will always remember. I’m already planning for next year.

+ Patagonia Fish: http://www.patagonia.com/fly-fishing.html
+ 2017 Catalog: https://issuu.com/thecleanestline/docs/patagonia_fishing_2017



 

VIDEO EDIT | LAS PAMPAS LODGE: FULL EXPERIENCE

LAS PAMPAS LODGE | FULL EXPERIENCE
Las Pampas, Argentina

A fun little short, fly fishing at Las Pampas Lodge. Las Pampas is a quiet little spot tucked away in Patagonia region of Argentina. Is a small town with a big fish problem.

Edit: Sean McCormick
Filmed: Austin Trayser and Bryan Gregson

+ Las Pampas Lodge: http://www.laspampaslodge.com/


 

PATAGONIA FISH WORKBOOK | FALL 2017

PATAGONIA FISH | Fall workbook 2017
Argentina & Alaska

The new Patagonia Fish workbook for the Fall 2017 line-up is hot off the press and in the hands of dealer and reps. I was blown away to see my good friend Augustine Fox on the cover. I think it captures nicely the very essence of Agustin (Oggy) Fox, Argentina and the Patagonia brand. it was a memorable day! Another surprise was seeing this image of Yvon make it to print, ironically this was a day we all spent with our good pal Oggy.

A big thank you to all those folks who allow me to follow them around with my camera and document small significant moments of your life.

Check out all the latest and greatest in outdoor gear.
+ Patagonia: http://www.patagonia.com/shop/fly-fishingpatagonia_workbook-17_cover-1-web
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FINDING FONTINALIS: IN THE PAPER, CAPITOL NEWS

CAPITOL NEWS KELOWNA BC | FINDING FONTINALIS
Travis Lowe Interview

Its really great to see these images from Finding Fontinalis make it onto the front page of the Capital Newspaper in the Kelowna, BC today. Filmmaker Travis Lowe talks film and conservation, it’s a great read.

+ Finding Fontinalis takes on conservation for Kelowna filmmaker: http://www.kelownacapnews.com/news/396315881.htmlng

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TENKARA + BROWN TROUT = FUN

TENKARA + BROWN TROUT = FUN
Las Pampas, Argentina 

I love fishing! I was raised an an angler, with a worm, a spinner and a fly and each has brought me some of the most memorable and valuable moments in my life. I’ve never been able to limit myself to fun. In 2014 I was in rural Argentina with a few great fishing friends, we had an amazing day fishing, with a Tenkara rod. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a group of anglers have so much camaraderie in an afternoon of fishings since the last time I was there the year before “playing baseball”. Played with 1 fly rod and 1 fly, taking turns with minimal casts, minimal steps, minimal time on the clock and if you swing and miss once, your out and then on to the next guy. There is much much more to fishing, than actually catching fish. This reminds me about the time we randomly found a lure while working on a slackline shoot in the backcountry, with no rod or reel or line around, we unraveled a inner sleeping bag cord, created a rig and caught a little fish. But this day, the day of the Tenkara, was amazing and it couldn’t have gone better.

YC – “Martin, have you ever used a tenkara rod?”
MA – “No, never “
YC – “Well, its just like this (quick demonstration) want to try it?”
MA – “ahhh, ok.. sure!”

2.83 seconds later 

MA – “HOLY SH@*, first cast!!”
GROUP – “laughing and cheering”

+ Patagonia Tenkara: http://www.patagonia.com/tenkara
+ Las Pampas Lodge: http://www.laspampaslodge.com/

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NATURES BAMBOO ROD

NATURES BAMBOO ROD 
Location: Can’t Pronounce It Creek, Argentina

No rod, no line, no problem! Martin Gallo Argerich used natures natural bamboo and no fly line to catch this fish. Why? well, because the rest of the crew headed up river with all the gear, ha. But it didn’t matter.

+ Las Pampas Lodge: http://www.laspampaslodge.com/

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