Chasing Scale DIY Fly Fishing Adventures
Chasing Scale DIY Fly Fishing Adventures
Chasing Scale DIY Fly Fishing Adventures
Chasing Scale DIY Fly Fishing Adventures
Chasing Scale DIY Fly Fishing Adventures
Chasing Scale DIY Fly Fishing Adventures
Chasing Scale DIY Fly Fishing Adventures
Chasing Scale DIY Fly Fishing Adventures
Chasing Scale DIY Fly Fishing Adventures
Chasing Scale DIY Fly Fishing Adventures
Chasing Scale DIY Fly Fishing Adventures
Chasing Scale DIY Fly Fishing Adventures
Chasing Scale DIY Fly Fishing Adventures
Chasing Scale DIY Fly Fishing Adventures
Chasing Scale DIY Fly Fishing Adventures
Chasing Scale DIY Fly Fishing Adventures
Chasing Scale DIY Fly Fishing Adventures
Chasing Scale DIY Fly Fishing Adventures
Chasing Scale DIY Fly Fishing Adventures
Chasing Scale DIY Fly Fishing Adventures
Chasing Scale DIY Fly Fishing Adventures
Chasing Scale DIY Fly Fishing Adventures
Chasing Scale DIY Fly Fishing Adventures
Chasing Scale DIY Fly Fishing Adventures

A few photography tips for you

Lake Powell kayak fly fishing expedition chasing striper boils

Waiting for the sun.

Early bird gets the best friggin’ shot! Not only are the conditions usually tranquil, the lighting can be epic. Take advantage of that warm light and contrasting color. All you have to do is wake your ass up and crawl out of that warm cocoon of a sleeping bag (I know… just when you’ve finally gotten comfortable). Keep in mind, those fish that you’re trying to catch probably got up early too!

If you’re out on the flats or another wide open setting, an early morning usually means tranquility. Calm water often provides fly fishers rare opportunities to hone in on the slightest of movements from fish. Whether it’s a tailing bonefish you’re chasing or a wake from a baby tarpon, you should be able to maximize your time with the fish you’re targeting before that wind picks up and the light flattens out. Early mornings can also bring highly reflective surface conditions—beauty times two. With reflected light added to the composition, detail that would otherwise be hidden in the shadows might be captured in the shot. Unfortunately the glassy water can make visualizing the actual fish below the surface nearly impossible… unless, of course, you’re right on them. Good news is spooky fish are less likely to see you!

If you’re in the mountains, you might need to wait until a little past dawn for the good light to creep its way into the valley. This all depends on the steepness and height of the topography surrounding you. Mountains tend hide that early morning sun. When the day warms up and the light’s just right, it can be spectacular… especially with those gorgeous, backlit peaks opposite the sun. If you’re below tree line, keep an eye out for the golden sun beams peering through the canopy.

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Advanced Elements

Fish on!

Sure, “hero” photos are awesome. But how did you get to that moment? To capture the fight with that monster on the other end of your buddy’s leader—now, there’s a challenge. Get creative with perspective. That’s often what distinguishes a professional photo from an amateur one. Low is a great angle to start from. However, the scene should dictate what angle you choose. Find the perspective and angle you want and then prefocus your camera. Set your camera to continuous mode and be ready to shoot in short bursts. You better be ready when that tarpon launches from the water! Don’t forget to use a fast shutter speed. Start with 1/1000 and go from there. Good luck. Yes, luck is undoubtedly a key component.

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Every photo tells a story.

There’s a story to be told everywhere you look. Sometimes we get caught up in the action and the triumph during an adventure. It’s never a good idea to rush into a scene guns a-blazin’. Instead, step back and survey that scene. Look at the tertiary elements. It’s all interconnected. Remember, every photo tells a story.

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A flair for the dramatic.

In the world of photography, nothing says “drama” quite like a silhouette. It’s dusk and you’re thinking it’s time to start heating up the beans, chopping up the onions and tearing into the Don Poncho tortilla bag. Here’s some advice: wait! Think about it. Why did you bring headlamps if not for using them? Take advantage of that oh-so-sweet evening light. Get out there and shoot! It’s this kind of light that makes for breathtaking silhouette photography. Not to mention, conditions usually settle down around this time too.

A silhouette-heavy photograph is a simple case of “positive” vs “negative”. It’s the stark contrast and sharp edges that create intrigue.

When preparing for the shot focus your attention (and your camera) on the lit background instead of  the silhouetted subject. Your goal should be to maximize the background’s brilliance and color. Remember, it’s the background that frames the silhouette. Without it, there’s nothing. When the background is at its full potential, only then does the silhouetted foreground gain prominence.

To get started: top your ISO out at 200 and set your f-stop up to 9. Speed up your shutter to 1/250 (faster for tighter action shots). God speed.

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All photos by Ryan Bonneau

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