This summer, we had an enjoyable shoot for Robb Report with a local fly rod manufacturer, Tom Morgan Rodsmiths. It was amazing to see the process of how these fine fly rods are made. From start to finish, the attention to finite detail was nothing short of astonishing. If you find yourself in the Bozeman, Montana area, stop by their shop, it’s worth the visit. See all this and more in the August 2021 issue.
We were commissioned by Thomas & Thomas Fly Rod Company to create a few portraits fly fishing for marketing advertisements. The idea of the image was to showcase a Western fly fishing theme.
I had the fortunate opportunity to work with Brandon Prince and his daughter this past summer. Brandon is a Western Rocky Mountain Thomas & Thomas rep. He is also a long-time close friend, we’ve known each other for over two decades. Fun fact, at one time Brandon and I were roommates on the famous Henry’s Fork River in Idaho. I remember when his daughter was born and how excited he was to have a new fishing buddy. It was really special to see them fishing together years later. She is just as into is as her father is. I guess the old saying of “like father, like daughter” is fitting. I am looking forward to seeing what the future has planned for this amazing father and daughter duo.
CAMILLE EGDORF + THOMAS & THOMAS FLY RODS Rocky Mountains, Montana
We were commissioned by Thomas & Thomas Fly Rod Company to create a portrait fly fishing Ad. The idea of the image was to showcase a Western fly fishing theme. We hitched up the drift boat, called the talent, and decided on a location. This was easier said than done.
We had the boat and an amazing angler, Camille Egdorf, but mother nature threw us a curveball, wildfires. The hard part was finding a location. The smoke was so thick you couldn’t see the mountains and the river in the same frame. Everywhere had a hazy look and feel. We had to re-schedule, schedule, re-schedule again, then re-schedule and repeat. Our deliverable deadline was fast approaching. Weather stations were constantly being checked. We really needed what some might call a fly casters adversary, wind. We needed some wind to blow the smoke out of the valleys. To make matters even more difficult, we needed wind from a very specific direction. The entire West was on fire, we needed the jet stream to shift the wind direction from blowing smoke into the state to blowing the smoke out. We needed a miracle.
In the 11th hour, we found one lone random location with what we call a “sucker hole”— a tiny spot where it’s clear amongst the clouds, or in this case, the smoky haze. With the right lens and distance from the subject, we shifted our composition to fit within the only clear spot in the entire valley. We were able to create a great image, meet the deadline, and get to print. Miracles do happen!
CATALOG + PRINT AD + WEBSITE Gallatin Canyon, Montana
This past fall I headed over to my buddy Eric Paulson’s house to capture some images of him bucking hay bales. Every year Eric has to make hay while the sun shines to get ready for winter so I figured it was a great time to photograph some real authentic moments. Between guiding and skiing, the swing months are packed with chores. Eric is no stranger to hard work, it’s just another day in paradise for him. Little did I know his hard work was going to pay off in more ways than one. It’s great to see this moment made it into the Fall 2018 Patagonia Workwear catalog.
EDITORIAL | AMERICAN ANGLER MAGAZINE May/June 2017
It’s great to see this image in print. Big thanks to Rick Matney for always getting it done in clutch situations.
Don’t have a copy of the new mag? Head down to your local shop and grab a copy, or better yet, get a yearly subscription and never miss an issue …. support print magazines! + American Angler Magazine – http://www.americanangler.com/
Download on Vimeo On Demand Cinema Digital Productions / Documentary
Finding Fontinals is now available for purchase! You can now enjoy the highly anticipated full-length feature film at your leisure. Order a copy today!
“An old gaucho’s tale inspired the search for a new world-record brook trout; but the water, landscape and the culture surrounding it became the impetus to conserve and protect it all. Finding Fontinalis features magnificent hook jawed brook trout and incredible jaw dropping landscapes. Finding Fontinalis is the new film from Patagonia and acclaimed fly fishing filmmaker Travis Lowe, starring Agustin Fox and Bart Bonime with Bryan Gregson and featuring iconic environmentalist Yvon Chouinard. “
“an intriguing and engaging story…” TOM BIE – THE DRAKE MAGAZINE
“a beautiful and important film which should resonate with everyone who loves the outdoors”
HUEY LEWIS – ROCK ICON
“The film is incredible. This is the kind of story-telling that all fly-fishing film should aspire to”.
ROSS PURNELL – FLY FISHERMAN MAGAZINE
“An exemplary piece of fly fishing cinema…”
STEVE DUDA – THE FLYFISH JOURNAL
The new Spring issue of the Drake Magazine just hit the fly shops. This issue is not to be overlooked; it’s chock-full of original content from great writers and skilled photographers. It’s always a pleasure to see those images on paper and relive those moments again.
It’s always an honor to see your name in the contributor’s section. But it takes a real team effort to create images and photograph dreams. Big thanks to my team and all those anglers, editors, lodges, guides, booking agents and supporters who help make these images come to life.
Head on down to your local shop and grab yourself a print copy or order a dual subscription and get it on your iPad, you won’t be disappointed and won’t ever miss an issue.
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!
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.
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.
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.