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.