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Sunday 10th June, 2007

Photography is a big part of fly fishing. The 'prosumer' digital camera and computer editing software has put serious photography into the hands of a lot of us, and we've all upped our game in that department. The Photo thread on the board is a showcase for some great stuff. Some of you guys are artists.

With catch and release being so well established now, most of us are happy enough to get a couple of pix of a fish and let it go. A shot of a fish as its just been caught or about to be released is a hell of a lot more interesting than just another frozen corpse. Magnus gave us the basics for good fishing and fly photos on Wednesday's FP.

For one thing, the photograph shows us something of where the fish was caught and maybe even gives us an impression of what the day was like; who was with us and what the water looked like. It also usually shows us really enjoying ourselves, and reminds us of what it was like to be happy. This is an important thing to know.

My own fishing photographs cover over fifty years of happy moments, and are more than a tad nostalgic. Some of my favourites show other people being happy, like the few I've got of my dad. He wasn't exactly a barrel of laughs most of the time, but I have a shot of him sitting on his butt having a smoke on the banks of the Kispiox, up in the Skeena country, beside our old dog Robbie and a couple of big chrome bright coho salmon. He looks very happy. This was back in the late sixties when there were still lots of coho in the BC rivers and not a few of those big summer steelies that made the Kispiox famous. It was a great trip and one of my last big fishing trips with my dad. I'm sure glad I took that photo.

The weird thing about photography these days is not only can you record the moment, you are able to play back the moment almost instantly. Then you can share it with hundreds, maybe thousands of people you've never met. Even weirder, this can result in something like a state of 'anticipatory nostalgia', where you are living a moment and already being nostalgic about it before it even happens. Is that weird, or is it just me?


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