After the unfortunate dunking of my cheap / used Canon camera I had to do it. I bought a Panasonic LUMIX waterproof - shock & dust resistant camera. It doesn't make handling a 13' rod - a slippery fish and the camera any easier but it is good when wet
I also got hold of a Nomad (Guide model) net with a 47" handle and a fair size net hoop that is helping a lot with trout and grayling. Still the largest fish of my last day up at the cabin came off the barb less hook and swam from the net while I was fiddling with the camera
There obviously will not be good fish pictures until I have help.
Anyway here are a couple shots from out there;
I decided to do things the old fashioned way by tying on a Jock O' Dee in size 4.
The very first cast was answered by a trout and the day was kept pretty busy by fish grabbing the fly.
The thing I already like best about this little camera is that there will be no need for holding fish out of water to record them any longer. Very cool
I'm well aware that the fish all look similar and I only photographed a few.
Even though I swung the Jock O' Dee and a Green Butt all day I continued to have unwanted contact with King Salmon. I caught 7 of these and although they were real rod benders I don't care for them once they have lost their silver shine. If you get a kick out of hauling in 20 pound fish that will threaten to get into the backing even though your fly line is 120' feet long, then these will provide some excitement.
This was a nice one taken in swift water, it was a rod bender.
Here's a look at my new hangout, it's a Spey caster / fisherman's paradise with wide swift runs full of trout & salmon along with grayling. There's only one problem, access! it is the worst boat ride I've ever taken to get there and back any where in Alaska. I've been out 4 times now and still don't like it. The access and the fact that the river is essentially non-navigable due to log jams and braiding near the mouth make it a hike in river. I have yet to see any other fishermen.
Last but not least.......... yesterday on my home river while trout chasing.
When I looked at that I realized that I'm getting old. The sun was good and I managed a few trout to go with a streamside cheese burger and some pasta salad & a beer
Honestly, 12 hours on the river is starting to take its toll on me these days......................... But I'm headed off to hike into some trout tomorrow morning in spite of all that