this is probably the most beautiful fish film i’ve ever seen.
no more words are necessary nor could they do it justice… enjoy !
and everything that lives in it.
this creature lies in one of my favourite playgrounds, the Aude river near home. the fish that live in it are rather pretty as well.
today’s trout has nothing to say. for more wordless fish click the image.
a few underwater
flubs images that didn’t go according to plan. but then, there was no plan…
well, not really. i want to see it again and again and again in both shades of grey and bold yet subtle colours…
Loch Assynt, Scottland
yes, its a trout. i promise.
two more that didn’t come out as intended but still have a certain i don’t know what…
in a nutshell, that’s what underwater fish portraits are about, specially when the camera’s held at arm’s length and i’m not looking at the screen or viewfinder while playing ‘my third eye is in the palm of my hand’ and gently holding a slippery/slimy creature that would rather not be held all the while trying to keep most of me above the water and not loose anything to the watery gods in the process.
this lovely out of season she-chunk wasn’t in an area known to have trout making it an even lovelier surprise even if she didn’t like posing, but that’s part of fun and joys as well. just as fly fishing itself and about a gazillion other things in life, getting a good portrait is hit or miss. best not to get expectations up too high.
an unexpected yet very welcomed guest from the casting pond.
for a whole slew of fly casting related articles and not much about frogs, click the image.
a little sneak preview of an upcoming review of the Stickman Rods T8 Evil Black 9′ 8wt.
first test is to see if it likes taking baths to bubbly music.
i wish our skin was as pretty.
here’s a troutstract of the King of the Pond.
tomorrow, the Return.
～ Elizabeth Kim
taken in a small Swedish stream, i actually desaturated the colours while editing this image because the original looked so unreal. stream beds and how their colours interact with water combined with the light from above are just part of the dream…
they really are something worth celebrating.
a 49cm mix of tough-guy, twisty-turvy, line pulling, jumpy-splashy, river rainbow trout.
thanks mr.fish for giving me the first good pull of the year.
～ Haruki Murakami, The
Elephant Trout Vanishes
that little swirl at the beginning of this trout’s lateral line made my day.
this image reminds of a comment some bobo left here a while back. among other nonsenses, one of things he liked less was the fact that ‘my mutant fish had sick bulging eyes’.
at the time i was too busy sort-of laughing at all this silliness but in hindsight i should have suggested he go soak his head once in a while, that is, go have a look at how fish look when they’re at home underwater instead of judging their appearance when they’re lifted out of it for the all-important ‘grip & grin’ shot.
quite simply, when they’re in their environment their eyes bulge out and so do their nostrils. i’m waiting for a confirming reply from an ichthyologist friend but i’m fairly sure that the fact that both of these organs retract when exposed to air has to do with lack of water pressure but then it might also have to do that they don’t want to see or smell us. considering how many ugly-stinky anglers i’ve met throughout my life i can’t really blame them…
little does it know it’ll be going back home in a few seconds without ever having left the water, but then deception is all part of the game i guess.
title quote: the first written reference to fly fishing and fly tying- Claudius Aelianus 170-235 AD