The FlyFish Journal Summer 2019

Val Atkinson and I traveled down to Argentine Patagonia a few seasons ago to shoot and write a story on Jorge Trucco who was, essentially, Argentina’s first trout guide and outfitter. He’s done a lot more for the fisheries in Argentine Patagonia including being the leader in implementing catch and release and preventing the construction of numerous dams on treasured watersheds.

This story is currently in print in the summer issue of The FlyFish Journal. To read the entire profile, go grab an issue…

Val Atkinson Feature. Anglers Journal. Summer, 2019.

I’m honored to have a feature, both words and photography, in the new summer issue of Anglers Journal on Val Atkinson. To date, this was the most meaningful editorial story I have done. Val is the grandfather of fly fishing photography and has filled passports for the past forty years taking iconic images all over the globe. More importantly, when he agreed to have me come down to his home on the Fall River in California for a few days to meet, talk, fish, etc, little did I know that I would develop a great friendship with him and eventually travel internationally together on an assignment.

Val is a wonderful, kind, sincere, humble, and authentic person. I feel very lucky to call him a friend. I am including here some behind the scenes black and white images of Val at his Fall River home.

Anglers Journal. Summer 2019.

Here are some behind the scenes images of Val…

Silver Creek, Idaho

Opening weekend on Silver Creek was met with lots of thunderstorms and heavy rain / hail squalls. I’m really glad this is a big water year…

Silver Creek and Storm Cell. Late May, 2019

Anglers Journal. Spring 2019

Excited to have a feature in the new issue—Spring 2019—of Anglers Journal. It’s portraits of 8 guides who work on Silver Creek. A long term project of mine is taking portraits of fly fishing guides, salt and freshwater, all over the world. This piece is great as it’s right in my back yard. Thanks to the 8 guides who not only took the time to be a part of this but let me take a portrait of them which is not always fun to do.

San Antonio de Areco, Argentina

San Antonio de Areco, Argentina. February 2019.

Two men drinking mate in a park. San Antonio de Areco, Argentina.

An Areco summer day at the park on the river

Girl selling cotton candy

Martín. I met Martín one evening in town and had a glass of wine—they drink their Malbec with ice in the hot summer months—with him and his two daughters. The day had been hot, nearly 100, but it was evening and cooler and we were sitting at a sidewalk table. People walked the cobblestone streets at casual paces. Chicharras sang out like distant table saws from the nearby paraíso trees. The more these birds sing, the hotter the next day is supposed to be, Martín told me. Crickets and soft-pitched street banter filled in the gaps in the bird singsong. He invited me to his house the following day for an asado.

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Martín’s dinning room. San Antonio de Areco.

New Zealand Dairy Farmers

Dairy farmers and dog. I took this shot less than a month ago on a dairy farm on New Zealand’s South Island. A spring creek happens to run through their property…

If anybody knows Euan and Tegan, pictured, please let me know as I lost their email and would like to send them this image…

Dairy Farmers and Dog. New Zealand 2019

Pre-Runoff. Idaho

I’ve been working on, call it a project, imagery that is not perfect in some way, shape or form. Maybe it’s not tack sharp or even just flat out of focus. Something could be cut off. Perhaps there are other blemishes like the lack of water clarity in the image below. I’ve found that so much imagery these days is perfectly sharp and often so from foreground to background. It comes down to, for me at least, embracing the flaws and in some way how light and composition can supersede those flaws and illicit an emotional reaction from the viewer.

Here’s an example of what I’m talking about. It’s a favorite image of mine by Keith Carter called, Fireflies

Cody Catherall hangs onto one yesterday on an Idaho River…

Atmospheric Light Framed Print

Always excited to pick up a print from my framer. This one is titled, Atmospheric Light, and was shot not too far from Mackay, Idaho on a smoky summer day. It’s off to a home in Idaho.

I have printed this image as large as 36” x 54”.

Print Options

16” x 24” Atmospheric Light matted and framed to a total size of 32.5” x 44.5”

Fly Fishing The South Island

I just got back from a trip down to New Zealand’s South Island. If there’s anywhere in the world that represents my happy place, it’s New Zealand. The people constantly blow me away with their kindness, sincerity, and self-effacing humor. It’s the land of 40 million sheep and only 4 million people. Roughly 75% of the total (human) population lives on the North Island.

It goes without saying, that New Zealand is also absolutely stunning. Mt Cook (12,218 feet) essentially rises up from sea level. That’s nearly twice the relief of our highest point in Idaho. It’s green. Super green in many places. There’s wine country. Glaciers. The rivers vary from tiny spring creeks, dry and windy Canterbury freestones, to wild blue-green glacial fed rivers. There’s a huge variety.

The fishing is the icing on the cake and the South Island is without a doubt my favorite place to trout fish. The fish population is not high by North American standards. The browns can be very, very wary. The brown trout can also exceed 12 plus pounds.

If there’s a problem—besides the sand flies—just knowing the fish get so big can set unrealistic expectations. Couple that with the fact that many South Island watersheds don’t have consistent prolific hatches like we do in the West. Sure there are mayflies and caddis but not to the extent that one can expect to see rising fish on any given river on any given day.

My advice to anyone, this really applies to fishing anywhere, is to first really appreciate who you’re with and where you are. I’ve found that if you truly appreciate both of these these things then the fish will often follow.

Scott Murray seconds before landing a nice South Island brown. Scott is the co-owner of River Haven Lodge located near Murchison on the South Island. I was fortunate to have just spent 7 days on the water with Scotty where there were plenty of shenanigans and nonsense. As a guide myself, I cannot say how much I’ve learned from fishing with Scotty over the years.

Big Sky Journal

Excited to have the photography in a featured piece written by John Huber in the current fly fishing issue of Big Sky Journal along with the cover image. To see more, check out Big Sky Journal.

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Patagonia

I just returned from a trip down to Argentina and Chile. I have many images to sort through and edit but I find the images I’m most interested in seeing when I get home are the images I take of people.

Gaucho near Aluminé, Argentina. He was in his Sunday best and was cooking a lamb over an open fire and coals when I took this shot.

Gaucho near Aluminé, Argentina. He was in his Sunday best and was cooking a lamb over an open fire and coals when I took this shot.

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Winter Storm

Our snowpack has steadily gone up over the last two days and it appears we will be in this cycle for at least the next week. I expect to see the Big Wood basin snowpack to get over 100% of average in the next day or two which is great for a variety of reasons.

For those of you interested, here’s a link to Idaho water basins and snowpack percentages. Keep in mind it is not updated daily and our most recent storm is not represented yet. Idaho Snotel Map PDF

Big Wood River

My house…