Big water, big flies, big fish. I got spoiled for a bit last week during a shoot in western Colorado. Yes, it was private water, but that’s beside the point for this particular update. I was pinched for time, and thus had to work to take advantage of the conditions. The fish cooperated, but the lighting was a challenge. More specifically, lugging around the gear required to mitigate the lighting was a challenge.
Being short on available time, and trying to squeeze in as much as possible to communicate the experience of fishing some very special water, makes for some long and fulfilling days. I wish that I could have photographed my own 25-inch rainbow, but that’s part of the photographer’s sacrifice. I felt (a little) guilty even wetting a line in the first place.
I’ll probably write more about this place, and the experience it offers, in a future post. For now, I wanted to share this brief glimpse of just how good early summer can be on the western slope, before summer’s heat begins to wear down our pitiful runoff.