Dry Fly Photography: A Different Angle

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A couple of weeks ago I was tasked with shooting some fly patterns for a book project I'm working on, but couldn't get anything I liked. I find most fly photography boring as hell and decided to experiment with a mini aquarium and two off-camera flashes in my back yard. I figured that flies are used in the water so why not try shoot them there.

Fairly pleased with the outcome of one image in particular I then emailed fishing editor at F&S, Joe Cermele the image above just so he could see it.

He then of course challenged me to shoot all the dry fly wing styles that I could come up with in the same manner. After whining about the complexities of said task I then turned to my buddy and guru of all things fly tying--Mr. Brian Schmidt at Umpqua Feather Merchants--for his thoughts, suggestions and patterns to try and shoot.

After a bit of trial and error and smacking my head against the glass, literally, I finally figured out a way to shoot the bugs and ended up with a decently cool gallery of photos. Enjoy the slide show and if anyone has any more ideas on what you'd like to see fly wise, shot like this--let me know and I'll keep experimenting.