Picture the most pristine fishing experience you can think of: crystal clear water, thousands of rare fun-to-catch fish species, and no one else around?
That saltwater fly-fishing paradise exists … in the Seychelles, 1,000 miles off the coast of East Africa. But the isolation comes with its own obstacles.
It’s very difficult to get to, pirates and sharks swarm its waters, and if something goes wrong you’re not really close to anything.
Providence atoll is the largest, most remote and least-visited island in the Seychelles.
People had never fished there, and the ecosystem was basically untouched by man.
But that kind of isolation can come with a price. In 2009, the atoll was closed due to traffic and attacks from Somali pirates. No one could be there, much less fish there.
A few fishermen, like South Africans Gerhard Laubscher and Tim Babich, had been there before, fishing for Grand Trevally, bonefish, triggerfish and bumphead parrotfish, and they’d been dreaming about going back, even though they knew what the potential dangers were.
In 2015, when the atoll was opened back up to fishermen they decided to go back, to see if the fishing was just as legendary as they remembered.
They brought Montana-based fisherman Camille Egdorf, and the Confluence Filmmaking crew, to live aboard a boat and explore Providence.
You can see what they caught and hear more about the history of the untouched waters, the threats of piracy and the unbelievable fishing, in Providence, Confluence Film’s newest release which comes out this weekend.
It hits on the high’s and low’s of trying to fish in a place like that, from catching trophy fish to being targeted by predators of all kinds.
“We had our share of super-sharky moments while filming the underwater footage, including some large and very curious bull sharks,” says Chris Patterson, who directed the film. “We also had a ‘real world’ pirate scare, but you’ll have to see the movie to see how that one turned out.”
You can see it starting this Saturday, Oct. 15. If you want to watch it with all of your friends, it’s being screened in 75 places around the country (in what they’re calling the largest fly fishing film premiere ever), or you can get it on iTunes or Vimeo.
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