“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.”  Norman Maclean,  A River Runs Through It

A fly fisherman standing in the middle of the Cocheco River, casts a dry fly.

Long before I ever picked up a camera, I was an avid fly fisherman, though I’m not sure “avid” even begins to describe my love of the art of casting a fly. Back when all I thought about was achieving a perfect, drag free drift, I spent as much time in the mountains chasing fish as I do now chasing sunrises.

There was something so peaceful and relaxing about casting a dry-fly to rising trout. And there is nothing like the satisfaction of catching a wary trout on a fly I’ve tied myself. Unfortunately fly fishing has taken a back-seat to photography the last few years.

The legs of a fly fisherman standing knee deep in the water, net hanging from his hip, stands patiently waiting for a fish to take his fly.

The photos seen here were all created by request for someone who contacted me looking for fly fishing photos to give as a gift. Since I had no fly fishing images in my portfolio, I was eager to get right on it and create a series of images from which they could choose.

Little did I know that I would also be receiving a gift in the process. A gift in the form of a rekindled desire to cast a fly, to be on the water attempting to entice a fish into accepting a hand tied fly.

Having been so busy getting my photography off the ground, I hadn’t realized just how much I missed fly fishing until I started making these photos. The rods will not be so neglected this coming year.

The legs of a fly fisherman standing in the ripples of a stream. Landing net and line, being gently pulled by the current.

Saving the best for last, if only because these were the ones chosen, these last two, both 20″ x 30″ (51cm x 76cm) canvas gallery wraps, are to be Christmas gifts for someone who will hopefully be very happy with what Santa brought them.

A Sage 1 weight fly rod with an Abel TR Light reel, leening up against a stream side rock, with a waterfall as background. Long exposure giving the water going over the falls a smooth, silky look.

A Sage 1 weight fly rod with an Abel TR Light reel, leening up against a stream side rock, a wooden landing net as backdrop

My New Years Resolution for the coming year, put the camera down more often, and pick up a fly rod.

See you on the river!

22 thoughts on “Re-Igniting A Passion.

    1. Cindy, the thing is, one (expensive) hobby usually replaces another. The gear from the previous being sold to finance the next. Fortunately all my fly fishing gear has escaped that fate. I have taken my rods to the mountains when I go on a camping/photography trip, but not often enough.

        1. Nope, not at all. I already have all the fly fishing and fly tying gear and materials I need. The only thing I need is my fishing license. 🙂 My telescope wasn’t safe, all my firearms either, but the fly fishing gear was never an option as far as being put up for sale. It may have been put on the back burner for a few years, but deep down inside I knew I’d be back.

    1. You should Rick. I spend enough time up north with my camera, I just need to bring along the fly rod and a box of flies. I need something to do during the harsh light of mid day anyway, might as well wet a fly 🙂

    1. Thanks Jude. I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to find a “model” this late in the year, but then I remembered how much of a die-hard fly fisherman I was, where there’s trout they’ll be someone casting to them.

  1. great action shot in that first image. and i really like that third one….
    it brings the river so very close.
    looking forward to your fish tails/taies in the new year! 🙂

  2. Jeff, I loved the film A River Runs Through It. Every time I watch it, i feel very peaceful and longing for the countryside. I can just imagine you being the professional how you feel when casting a fly. Congratulations on your photos going under someone’s Christmas tree. I like the penultimate photo very much.

  3. Another passion and art form in which we share an earnest interest, Jeff! I had two wonderful days of trout fishing while I was in New Zealand recently, and you’ve stirred up the urge to post something of the experience. Watch for it!

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