Fourth and Final Teaser of Documentary on Fight to Save the Aysén Region of Patagonia

AITUE /Pesca con Mosca/Conservacion de la Patagonia/ Teaser 4-4 from AITUE on Vimeo.

We have been posting the stunning video teasers for an upcoming film doumenting the fight to keep one of the world’s most pristine fisheries from being destroyed by a massive hydroelectric project. Above is the final teaser and the rest can be seen by clicking the “READ MORE” button.

To recap, here’s a brief description of the struggle being waged:

HidroAysén is a $3 to $4 billion hydroelectric scheme that, if fully realized, would build five massive dams by 2020 in the Aysén region of Chilean Patagonia. Two would go on the Baker River, three more on the Pascua—along with 1,500 miles of transmission lines.
The dams would capture the furious turquoise flow emanating from the two largest ice caps outside Greenland and Antarctica to spin turbines for electricity. The transmission lines would run north, held by towers more than 200 feet high. Following a winding corridor almost 400 feet wide, a thousand miles of forest would be clear-cut and the rest of the corridor’s path similarly cleared. The corridor would intersect 64 communities and 14 protected areas. It would divide endangered forests and some of Chile’s most spectacular national parks.

You can read more about the issues at the Sin Represas website. But first, watch these gorgeous films at full-screen and in high-definition to see what is at stake.

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Orvis Booth Boys Tom Rosenbauer, Sean Combs and Jim Lepage Report in from Reno

Last week, the Orvis Helios 2 was the hit of the International Fly Tackle Dealer show in Reno, Nevada. If you haven’t seen the H2 video yet, click here to see what the excitement is all about.

Tom and Jim sent in the following pictures to prove they were actually working and not out fishing the whole time. Still, it doesn’t look like a tough gig.

Brian O’Keefe and Todd Moen of “Catch” Magazine (center) try levitating the new H2 rod and case with Orvis’ Sean Combs (left) and Tom Rosenbauer.

Jim Lepage (second from right) of Orvis Rod and Tackle shows he is willing to go to great lengths to find the only the best fly-tying material.

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Dogs in Ecuador are Helping Children Cope with and Recover from Chemotherapy

In this Aug. 8, 2012 photo, eight-year-old Edison hugs farewell to Juci, a Parson Russell terrier, after playing with her at the SOLCA hospital in Quito, Ecuador. The dog’s owner says her dogs are used every Wednesday to cheer up the most discouraged of the patients. Hospital workers began to notice that on Wednesdays fewer children had to be kept over because of problems after chemotherapy. Doctors found that youngsters’ adrenaline levels rose from being with the dogs, boosting their resistance to chemo’s side effects. Photo: Dolores Ochoa / AP


All the way from South America comes a heartwarming and heartbreaking story of the healing power of our four-legged friends.

When Pardo first started bringing dogs in 2005, they stayed in the hospital garden and played with children before chemotherapy treatments.

Over the next five years, statistics at the hospital showed that on Wednesdays, fewer children had to be kept over because of problems after chemotherapy. Doctors found that youngsters’ adrenaline levels rose from being with the dogs, boosting their resistance to chemo’s side effects.

So the hospital began allowing Pardo’s dogs to visit children in their beds. She and her husband have 18 dogs in all that they work with.

Read more about these incredible animals and the children that love them, here.

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Friday Film Festival 08.17.12

Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week’s collection builds on the theme established in Toby Swank’s essay in the previous post: the joys of being in the backcountry. We’ve even got a couple of videos with very little fishing in them, but their. . .

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