Prepping For Those Big Browns

Fall is officially here and in Montana, it already feels like Winter. Yes, the big storm that hit Montana did hit Bozeman but unlike Great Falls the Gallatin Valley didn’t receive nearly the same amount of snow. The mountains are coated with that beautiful white stuff which means that the water temps are going to drop and the fish are going to change color as they get ready for the Fall spawn. Brown Trout are especially sought after during this time period but it is important to use proper etiquette when holding the fish as they need the warmth of the water. Taking a fish out of the water for too long while getting a photo can be detrimental to the longevity of the fish.

Image captured with Nikon D5, 24-70 AF-S f/2.8, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

Passing on the Knowledge

I get asked a lot if I ever get my picture taken and my response is usually, “every now and then.” I have always enjoyed being behind the camera opposed to in front of it but there are times when it is fun to be in front. Some of the best times are when I pass the camera over to someone who isn’t a photographer.

My friend Al has been looking at fishing photos for years but it wasn’t until we started fishing together that he started asking how is this done. Over the years he has gotten a lot better, to the point where I know he’ll get a good shot of me. While he might not now what equipment he’s using at the time, in this case the D5, 24-70 AF-S, and SB-5000, he can see what makes up the essence of a good photo. This knowledge that we obtain as photographers is best preserved if we pass it along. In today’s world of rapidly changing technology and the affect it has on photographers, it is important that we not only inspire but help others learn.

It’s Good to be Out on the Water

I’ve started to really enjoy branching out in my photography into areas I never thought I would go. One of those areas is outdoor sports, like fly fishing. We’re starting to get back into the season where the rivers aren’t quite so high or muddy from the Spring runoff. The insects hatches are starting to come out which means the great dry fly fishing will be upon us. This past Saturday was a an absolutely gorgeous day and my buddy Alex “twisted” my arm into going out for the evening on the Gallatin.


Fishing with him is never easy because he always out fishes me. It’s annoys the fisherman instinct in me but it works out great for the photography. The one thing that we do that not every fishermen does is we hike quite a ways in from the launch point. This puts us in a better spot above or below where everyone else might have been that day. In this particular case it worked out great except we had to hike back after dark.


Fishing is always about combining man and nature and in Montana there is entire genre just on Mountain living. In that comes of course the housing and structures of the Rockies. Well as we snaked and traversed the river we happened upon this lovely mountain home and it jsut happened to be the perfect back drop for that evening. Shooting with D4 and 24-70 AF-S f/2.8, my go to combo while fishing, and a little post processing in Adobe Camera Raw, a couple of clicks later provided that perfect afternoon mountain scene.

Combining Passions

Photography has always been about passion, but finding time to do everything that your passionate about isn’t always easy while being a photographer. I started fishing a long time ago with my Dad and enjoy it still till this day. After a while I got started with fly fishing and found it to be quite enjoyable while quite challenging. Last summer I started playing around with fishing and photography, I thought it would be a good time to continue it.




Flies are a dedication of time and craft. They have to be a perfect imitation of the insect that they are copying in order for the deception to work. A photograph is no different. Except instead of a deception we trying to capture the world as it is. Every fly is made up of tiny little strands of fur, feather and thread. Each one is as important as the next. What would seem to be a difficult shot is really quite simple. With a black backdrop, a pen light and a 4 second exposure it was easy to get the detail in the fly. Although rather simplistic it is still a fun start. The question is where to go from here with combining these passions?

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