Over the Rainbow
Marc Pierce stood on a bed of new moss in Warm Springs Creek and released a plump rainbow trout he caught on a Hopper Dropper rig, a grasshopper fly with a Copper John nymph dropper, during the midsummer PMD hatch in July 2010. “Ten years ago, there were no trout at all in this mile-long section,” he says. “Cows had overgrazed and pummeled the banks, holes filled in with silt, and the water was less than 4 inches deep.” Resculpting and replanting of the streambank on this tributary to the Gallatin River has resulted in wild trout growing to between 16 and 20 inches. “The water temperature and insect activity make a spring creek the holy grail for flyfishermen,” says Pierce. —K.B.
Location: Bozeman, Montana
Issue: June, 2012
Photo by Denver Bryan
This is a collection of jaw-dropping hunting and fishing photos from Field & Stream's "First Shots" magazine section, from 2008 to the present.
First Shots are visually arresting, intriguing, and sometimes humorous hunting or fishing photographs that run across two full-page spreads in every issue of F&S. They serve to showcase both the world of sportsmen and the talent of the magazine's contributing photographers, who submit some of their best work for the section.
Though the images sometimes speak for themselves, the short caption which accompanies a First Shot reveals more about the story behind the scene, the species of fish or game pictured, and the location where the photo was taken. Enjoy this collection of nearly 100 First Shots from the past four years.