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Is this the coolest fish in the sea or an elaborate hoax?

In Wonders of the Natural World on February 26, 2009 at 4:40 pm

 The Macropinna Microstoma gets my vote for coolest fish around. 


California’s Salmon run in recession

In Conservation Alert on February 21, 2009 at 1:06 am

It isn’t bad enough that the economy is in the tank, even the salmon runs are in a recession. Bad water management and climate change are surely to blame for creating these conditions, but it seems the problem goes far beyond. The San Francisco Chronicle just released an interesting article  regarding the decline in Chinook runs, you can read the entire article here. We can only hope this is just a cyclical phenomena.

Tips & Tricks – What to do when you drown your camera

In Tips & Tricks on February 12, 2009 at 7:20 am



Let’s face it shit happens, to some more than to others. Drowning cameras is one of those things I actually seem to be quiet good at. In fact over the last 15 years I have drowned one Leica, a Nikon F3, several point and shoots and my trusted Canon 20D backup camera. In fact the image above was taken with my 20D just before it totally got submerged right next to the fish – now that would have been a picture 😉 The amazing thing is that of all the cameras I drowned over the years, the Canon 20D was one of the very few I was able to save, despite the fact that it was submerged the longest and had the most electronics in it. 

So here is the story: In 2005, I was fishing on the Trinity and had finally found a promising hole with some fish rolling in it. Read the rest of this entry »

Dream Assignment

In Recent Shoot on February 10, 2009 at 3:45 am

Late last year I got a call from Mike Michalack owner of the “The Flyshop”, California’s premier flyshop, to shoot some pictures for their catalog. Needless to say accepting this assignment was a total no-brainer. In fact (Mike I hope you are not reading this 😉 ) I would have done it for a my beer tab and some flies. I was a little bit nervous as I wasn’t sure what to expect. But the guys at the flyshop were great. Michael Caranci was my main contact and he took good care of me. I even got to fish a little, which was desperately needed as withdrawal really kicks in when you have to shoot other people fish all day. Here are just a few images from the shoot…….


Conservation Alert – We need rain!

In Conservation Alert on February 10, 2009 at 3:41 am

This year the rainfall has been absolutely dismal in Northern California.  Exactly one year ago we had several steelhead spawning in our backyard creek (which will remain unnamed), this year we haven’t seen any. The Don Clausen fish hatchery reports that they are at only 10% of last years fish count. Droughts are cyclical and steelhead and salmon have survived these cycles for aeons. Unfortunately we homo sapiens, with our extreme thirst for water, are leaving less and less for the wild fish populations to spawn and survive in. We have some storms coming in this month, but most likely it won’t be enough. So what can we do? Well if you know a good rain dance, start dancing, otherwise lets start conserving. 

Here are some pictures of spawning steelhead from last year…….

When the fishing is tough, the tough shoot pictures

In Recent Shoot, Recent Trip on February 10, 2009 at 1:27 am

Here are some images from my latest steelhead fishing trip. The fishing was tough, due to the fact that there were only a few steelhead in the system.  It also didn’t help that Fish and Game closed the coastal rivers on us. The good news is that when the fishing is bad I tend to shoot more. I will add these images to my commercial online gallery once I have completed the series. 

Here is a sneak peek…..