June 23, 2008

After the spring spawn, fish activity has slowed down a bit. Between work and family life, my opportunities for roughfishing are waning, as is typical for this time of year. Similar to the mid-winter doldrums, trying to stay involved in the sport is always key at this point. Whether it is through fly tying, catching up on some reading, or checking in to see what's happening on my favorite fishing blogs, there's always something out there to pique my interest.

Having a stream run through my backyard is somewhat taunting; I get to look at flowing water all day long and dream of throwing a loop into the slackwater just ahead of the bridge, hoping for something to take my offerings. Unfortunately the stream does not hold much for resident fish after the spring spawning runs. At least not near my house anyway. Typically all I find are young of the year sunfish, crawfish, dragonfly nymphs, the occasional minnow like central mudminnows, and of course, tons of mayfly nymphs. With the diversity of aquatic invertebrates in these waters, there can be some cool hatches to observe, especially with a camera.

Yesterday was an exceptional day for photographing streamside insect life. I got quite a few decent photos of different mayfly species, caddis flies, damsel flies, and dragon flies with my Canon Powershot S3 IS. I love the supermacro setting. You can really get the detail of these bugs, without the need for a couple thousand dollar lens. The setting also works great for photographing tied flies on the vise.

Here are a couple more photos from yesterday to share.