We love Octave’s films, Last year we shared One Summer Swell, do you remember? We love the way he shoots what we love the most, nature and freedom. What is great with the Red Camera he’s usuing is that you can shoot on very high speed, which makes beautiful slow motion. Now he takes us to the Owens River, in California, we just want to go, we just want to be there, we just want to fish with them and have fun, that’s when you know that you are watching a good film, is when you feel within yourself what is happenning on the screen, and that’s what happening with  “The Deepest Valley”. [vimeo https://vimeo.com/123624870]

‘The Deepest Valley’ is the first fly fishing short film produced by Zangs Films. Follow the journey of Jason Fitzgibbon and Tyler Graff through the Owens River in California.

The Owens River flows for over 180 miles through the arid reaches of eastern California, gathering water from alpine peaks that reach above 14,000 feet in the Sierra Nevada and White mountains, as it meanders and cuts its way through one of the deepest valleys in the contiguous United States. Its cold, clear, spring-fed waters support innumerable plant and wildlife species as it courses through portions of the Great Basin desert, as well as incredibly robust populations of wild rainbow and brown trout. 

In addition to its undeniable ecological importance, the river also doubles as a lifeline for the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area, and regularly provides up to half of the growing region’s water supply. Needless to say, the question of how to properly manage the beautiful, surreal landscape created by this river and the towering, snow-covered peaks that feed it, is a constant subject of controversy, particularly while in the midst of California’s ongoing exceptional drought. 

In the face of oncoming water shortages, and in an effort to help address this dilemma for ourselves — both as parties dependent on the water the river provides, and stewards of the land it traverses — we set out to experience and document just a slice of what this charismatic watercourse has to offer.

Behind the scenes and more info on our blog: zangsfilms.com/blog/2015/03/the-deepest-valley-behind-the-scenes