Landscape Pictures of Rivers
The appeal of trout fishing is tied to the landscapes in which they live. They need the kind of clean, cold water found mostly in pristine rivers in pristine places that lend themselves to landscape photography. I've begun to take that hobby seriously too, although the best times of day for pictures conflict with the best times for fishing!
This beautiful, remote stretch of one of the lesser-known large Catskill trout streams produced my only trout in two days of slow fishing, a 9 inch brown. Better than nothing! In fact, even "nothing" in this setting is really something!
This swift little stream is one of my favorites. It harbors an even mix of brook and brown trout and a mix of insect species very different from other streams I frequent.
My girlfriend took this picture with my camera, and I'm not sure how she did it. Instead of being crisp and sharp it has a surreal look like an oil painting, perfect for the scene. (Edit in 2011: Now that I see this picture so high up on the popular list, perhaps I should point out that she's now my wife, so there's no confusion.)
I captured this sunset over one of my favorite holes.
A whitetail deer pretends to be a moose, sticking its head underwater to graze on rich aquatic vegetation.
This is a very deep pool in a very clear stream. It's well-known for its brookies, but I neither saw nor caught any in this inviting pool. I drove a few miles upstream and ran into the expected number of eager little fish.
My friend Ian throws a fine cast in a section of river that's open year-round. From the bridge, we spotted a very nice brown nymphing, but neither of us could get it to take.