Thursday, September 22, 2011

Deschutes Steelhead Camp

It's been a while since I've been able to post...  Making hay while the sun is shining!  We've been booked solid every day...  It's been a great fall on both the Deschutes and Klickitat.  Here's a few great photos from our Deschutes River Steelhead Camp.  Thanks Dick and Dale for a fun trip!


Friday, September 9, 2011

Ten & Two On-Line Magazine

I had heard about Ten & Two Magazine but finally got around to checking it out.  The free on-line subscription is packed with interesting articles and beautiful photography.  It's not your standard fly rag.  -Definitely worth stealing some time from work when you're bored.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Headwaters of the Klickitat

Crowds make me nervous...  So when the annual invasion of tourists happens in Hood River every Labor Day, I usually keep my head down and lay low.  However, my sweetie and my dog weren't about to spend the long weekend watching me tie flies. Instead, we headed up to the Bird Creek Meadows trail on Mt. Adams.  She assured me the ruff road to the trailhead would weed out all but the most serious hikers.  We'd see the REI types but probably not much in the way of the Winnebago crowd.

It was an awesome hike!  Great vistas of the Gorge, incredible wild flowers, and -you get up-close and personal with Hell Roaring Canyon and the headwaters of the Klickitat River.

Next time you're looking to stretch the legs and go on a killer day excursion, check out Bird Creek Meadows.  Pack a #4 weight and make a few casts in Mirror Lake on your way.  Although I didn't fish it, a few of the large trout I saw rising made me wish I had packed a rod.


Monday, September 5, 2011

Nice Fish Paul

Paul Warner found this handsome Deschutes buck on a recent five-day Deschutes Steelhead Camp.  Despite three days of nuclear wind, it was an awesome trip.  Thanks Paul!


Sunday, September 4, 2011

Taking Good Fish Photos

Michael Kerr holding a beast the right way.  Jeff Hickman photo.
Here a few tips for taking great fish pics.  Always remember, the safety and well being of wild fish is worth way more than a photo.  Keep the fish completely under the water until both the angler and photographer are ready.  My rule is to keep the fish out of the water for no longer than five seconds.

1.  Get close to your subject.  Most photos are taken way too far away.  Get close enough to capture the anglers expression and the details of the fish.

2.  Shoot with a flash on sunny days.  As anglers, we all wear hats that create a shadow on the anglers face.

3.  Have the angler kneel on one or both knees.  Get close to the water when you press the shutter and you'll get great contrast from the water and background.

4.  Have the angler hold the fish with their front hand under the fish... Keeping their fingers away from the gill plates.  Jeff Hickman's shot above is done perfectly.

5.  Keep the rod in the photo, it helps tell the story of the shot.

6.  Take the anglers sunglasses off.  Eyes are the window to the soul... The anglers soul should be beaming and you can't capture it with shades on.

7.  Keep the fly in the fish's mouth, especially if it's big and bright.  This will add more detail to the shot and only adds to the story.

8.  Turn the fish into the light.  Usually this means tilting it slightly until the sun lights up the chrome.

Happy shooting!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Deschutes Steehead Camp

I took this shot early in the morning as my clients were gearing up for the morning session of steelhead fishing on the Deschutes.  Waking up early has it's rewards.  Outside of superb dry line fishing, watching the canyon come to life is pure magic.