Photography has become a big part of the fly fishing culture over the years, and we’d be lying if we said we didn’t understand the importance of capturing the moment with that special fish.
That said, we also believe that fish destined to be released should always be treated with the utmost respect, held close to, or even better, in the water when snapping a photo. Not only is it better for the well being of the fish, we think it just makes for a better photo too.
Although we like a quality grip and grin as much as the next guy, one of our favorite moments to capture is the release.. After all, the moment of gratitude shared between an angler and fish can be a powerful one. However, as most anglers can attest, even the best photographers can’t quite capture the moment as it is experienced first hand.
In order to capture that very moment, in a very fish-friendly way, many of our tech-savvy anglers have started using their smartphones (namely iPhones) to capture quick slow-motion videos while releasing their fish. It makes for a great memory of that special moment, portrays the fish in the most honest way possible, and reduces the need for the fish to be held out of the water while waiting on the camera man.
Plus, for those with updated iPhones, its super easy to do! Simply..
- Tap the camera icon.
- Slide over to ‘SLO-MO.’
- Tap the red button to start recording.
We’ve seen some pretty incredible footage of some pretty spectacular fish this year using this simple little iPhone function. We think its a great way to remember a fish, and think you should give it a try.. Just take the example of our pal Jim Dickinson releasing a swung up king salmon from Alaska West below!