A dark gloomy day in Argentina. This was a brown trout in great condition. It gave a last-ditch effort with a run into the weeds. Landed by Rance Rathie of Patagonia River Guides.

Fish Heads

I’ve come to the conclusion that I very rarely take a fish photo of the entire fish. I like head shots. The jaws, eyes, big spots and color. Now, a confession; I have been doing most of these head shots with my iPhone 11. It’s a great tool. I can net a fish, gently cradle it at the surface, shoot a shot with my iPhone, low to the water, and boom, that’s it.

No fish torture, and only a few seconds taken away from fishing. But wait! I can also switch to Portrait Mode and get those soft backgrounds and the ‘pro look’. Nothing wrong with being fast, being conscientious of a live, beautiful creature and getting nice results. And I can immediately brag to my buddies who are working in a cubicle.

Just have to love these blue cheeks. iPhone 11. One shot wonder.
Dry fly Alaska rainbow.
The mouse. Aniak River, Alaska. Olympus Tough camera.

“Now, a confession; I have been doing most of these head shots with my iPhone 11.”

Gnarly brown from Oregon. iPhone 11. Pheasant tail, always!
Caddis action. iPhone 11.
That light, early evening in April, all is well in the world, at least for now. iPhone 11.
Tack sharp. Perfect exposure. One shot and done. iPhone 11.
Keep ‘em wet Argentina! 
I like the shady side of the fish on bright days. I get more scale detail, color and dark spots.
Jurassic Lake behemoth.
Overcast days are great for trout close-up photos. No glare and there is a good chance of a nice hatch. iPhone 11.

Contributed By

Brian O’Keefe

1970. The year I published my first fly fishing photo. I was 16, and the shot was of a brown trout. Forty nine years later, and I’m still shooting brown trout. It might sound corny, but I rarely catch a trout without commenting on how pretty it is, or its spots, color, etc. Nearly every day since that first published photo, I have been involved with something that includes trout and a little feather and fur and a hook. I’ve learned that the time spent actually catching trout is only about 1% of the time, living the trout fisher’s lifestyle. That 1% is a lot better than almost any other endeavor, occupation or hobby, in my humble opinion. I’ll keep loving every trout’s face and swear when I miss a giant that slurps in my elk hair caddis.

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