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 FISHING CATALOG 2017

CATALOG + PRINT AD + WEBSITE
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 | FLY FISHING, DIGITAL 2017

WEBSITE + DIGITAL
Golden Dorado, Bolivia

We love seeing this image of the Dorado being used on the new header for the fly fishing section on the Patagonia website. This brings back some great memories from a trip to the Amazon jungle a few years back. Bolivian dorado is such an incredible specie.

+ Patagonia Fish: http://www.patagonia.com/shop/fly-fishing



 

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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EDITORIAL | THE FLYFISH JOURNAL

EDITORIAL | THE FLYFISH JOURNAL 8.1
Published Editorial

The new issue of The FlyFish Journal is hot off the press. Its really great too see these images make it into print publication, its always nice to relive those great memories once again. Big thanks to all those who helped make these images happen, the anglers, the lodges, the friends… and of course, the fish.

Head down to your local shop and grab yourself a copy or order a subscription, you won’t be disappointed.

+ The FlyFish Journal: http://www.theflyfishjournal.com/

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PATAGONIA | THE SIMPLE TRUTH AD, 2016

CATALOG + PRINT AD + WEBSITE + TRADE SHOW BOOTH
Simple Fly Fishing/Tenkara

It is great too see this photo make it to Advertisement. Not only is this one of my favorite rivers to fish but this is one of my favorite people to fish with, its always a great learning experience for me. Yvon Chouinard making it look easy on the Henry’s Fork, Idaho.

+ Patagonia Fly Fishing: https://www.patagonia.com/fly-fishing/


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EDITORIAL | ANGLERS JOURNAL

EDITORIAL | ANGLERS JOURNAL
Summer Issue 2016

The new summer issue of the Anglers Journal is hot off the press and I am very happy to see this starscape image make it to print. This photo was taken at the Temple Camp with Patagonian BaseCamp Lodge in Chile. Good times and better memories.

+ Anglers Journal: http://www.anglersjournal.com/

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