Saturday, February 27, 2010

Photos from the peninsula

Jergnes gave you guys a little preview of trip and I really don't have much more to tell you, only more to show you.

70-200 f2.8L, 1/80, F2.8, ISO 200, 580EX on camera 1/16 + stofen omnibounce. BW conversion done in Aperture.

70-200 F2.8L, F4.0, 1/800, ISO 100

70-200 F2.8L, F3.2, 1/2500, ISO 100

17-40 F4L, F4.0, 1/500, ISO 100

17-40F4L, F4.0, 1/800, ISO 100. Colors adjusted in Aperture.

This photo was made in photoshop with a similar technique that action sport photographers use to create 'morph' photographs.

A quick how-to (some PS knowledge recquired) :
1.) open all the images in PS and make the first image you want your active workspace.
2.) open the second image select the entire image (ctrl+a) cut and copy the image over the first image.
3.) lower the opacity of the just pasted layer to ~30%. align the top image over the bottom image.
4.)bring the opacity of the second layer up to ~50%.
5.) erase the parts of the second image that are covering desired areas of the first image.
6.) repeat this process for additional layers.

Thursday, February 25, 2010


Strong work Butte, I can't think of many other cities that could advertise a mine that led to the largest superfund site in the country, as a tourism attraction!  It's a miracle there are any trout in the Clarks Fork.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Here's a quick update of what's been going down at Evo Anglers.

The ol bliggity-blog has been on the backburner for the last week or so because after my winter of tying flies, cooking good food and watching my summers worth of $ dissapear I actually had some work to do.  For those of you who are not in the know, there is a Patagonia outlet in Dillon that is like crack to every hippy and yuppy within about 200 miles (even the yuppy/hippy combo know as the trustifarian).  "The Guc" is a great store that we are really lucky to have in this valley.  I was asked to help at their semi-annual sale over president's day weekend, and spent a grand 5 days folding t-shirts, hanging up fleeces and giving blank/dumb looks when someone asked a question more technical than "Do you have this in a large?"

After my grueling (sarcasm) 5 days of work a fishing trip was needed, and so I crushed over to Ellensburg to meet up with c-squad.  We made quick work of snoqualmie pass, met up with our friend Justin, and a short ferry ride plus a quick drive were sprawled out on the floor of the new steelhead digs in Forks.  Doodah was very gracious to let us take over his couch and spare bedroom, which is soon to be my home for the month of March.

The biggest shocker of the trip was the weather, which was predicted to be sunny and warm the entire weekend, and (gasp) actually was!  This is the first trip to Forks I have ever made that I didn't wear my rain jacket.  Besides the great weather, fishing was good, and it was nice to throw the two hander for something other than madison trout (although results were less than special swinging bugs).  The highlight of the trip was either our take out on our second day that involved three of us grabbing a driftboat as he sailed past the boat ramp, or C-squad thinking he picked some steel from my pocket swinging in the canyon, only to find it was a dolly.  Here's a quick shot from the weekend, more to follow.

Last swing.  Photo by c-squad

Thursday, February 11, 2010

1 year yak-free

Last monday marked exactly one year since I fished the mighty irrigation ditch know as the Yakima River.  It's strange to think that I have gone so long without fishing a river I loved for such a long time.  The Yakima is the river I learned how to row on, guided for 5 years on, floated well over 1000 times, and made some of my best friends while fishing it.  Although it doesn't have a ton of fish in it, and certainly not alot of big ones(in fact I can think of few rivers that can hand you your ass so quickly), when the stars align it can produce some great fishing.  It is the difficulty of catching fish from the yak that is so alluring to many anglers, and so infuriating on many days.

Alot has changed between now and when I first started fishing the yakima.  The Evening Hatch fly shop was still a burger stand, Red's fly shop was a single wide trailer and not a resort, the smiley face wall was still a smiley face, "big pines" was still the slab, "Lluma" was still squaw creek and you could launch a boat at both Bighorn and Umptanum.

Many of the changes happen to the river itself.  All of my buddies still fishing the Yakima tell me that the farmlands is completely new after the big flows of last spring.  It's cool that even as an irrigation ditch for the lower Yakima valley, there are stretches of the river that can change so dramatically in one high flow.  Floating any river alot you learn the slight changes and nuances, which helps keep a river you have fished a ton fresh and exciting.

Here's a few of my favorite pic's from over the years on the day's the yak gave it up good.

Possibly the best day I ever had on the Yak, with Jason Boitano, 2005

Baptie with one of the bigger fish I saw in my time on the yak, 2005

Me and Chou celebrating the longest day of the year by doing two marathon floats.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Another reason why kayaks are dangerous

Example for the case against kayaks, especially fishing from them!

Win 2 Free Guide Trips in SW Montana.

 My outfitter in Montana and good friend Rooster is running a promo for the next month, and all you have to do is throw a link to our website,  in the links on your blog, in your facebook status, or on your twitter.  Email us or post on our facebook wall once you have added the link, and you'll be entered into a raffle to win a 3 night 2 day fishing trip at The Stonefly Inn in Twin Bridges, MT.  Drawing will be held February 28th.  Official rules can be found on the facebook fan page here: Link.  Here is some pics from last summer for motivation.  Put your bliggity-blogs and facey-spacey's to good use!
Summer 09 Hopper Eater

Green Goblin Summer 09

A great brown for Paul

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Fishery Management

I just started reading King of Fish by David Montgomery, which is an excellent book about the Pacific salmon and compares them to what has happened to Atlantic salmon, in both Europe and the Eastern U.S.  I am nearly done with the book, but this quote stood out as I began reading.  It is in a chapter about the old world salmon, and can easily be related to the pacific salmon (and steelhead), and what I fear may be their future.

"Restraint no longer guided fishery management.  In fact, the decline of English salmon had the perverse effect of increasing fishing pressure because of the increased value of the remaining fish.  As salmon became more valuable, regulating the salmon fishery became more difficult.  As salmon runs declined, commercial salmon fishing accelerated, poaching flourished, and fishing laws became widely disregarded."  Pg. 76, King of Fish, David Montgomery.

An early season Hoh fish about to be released by my buddy Brazda a couple years ago.  If these aren't worth protecting I don't know what is.