Amidst the hundreds of little grayling streams scattered through interior Alaska, there are a handful places to find a welcome bit of variety: dwarf dolly varden. These guys don't migrate around chasing the nutritious salmon runs, but instead stay in small streams at a correspondingly small size. I had never found one of these gems (and hadn't looked very hard) until the other day. I had great fun with my soft, short 4-weight, placing a foam beetle in some challenging places in hopes of enticing an 8-inch fish.
Shawnny3 on Jul 14, 2012July 14th, 2012, 4:51 pm EDT
Great gallery, Jason. In some of the images, I think the light in the water is more beautiful than the fish (although the fin closeup is maybe my favorite pic). I was wondering how you captured the fish images. I see the line in at least one of them, but were all of these taken while they were still on the line? Sometimes after releasing a fish they will sit long enough at my boot to take some good pics if I had a camera, but I don't know that I've ever knowingly approached a fish that I haven't caught closely enough to take a good photo without spooking it from its lie. Have you ever taken photos of undisturbed fish holding in the water?
Jmd123 on Jul 15, 2012July 15th, 2012, 9:28 am EDT
Small fish in small streams are underappreciated. Most people want big fish in their pictures, but holding these small jewels of nature in your hand is often more than enough. The closest trout stream to me is a small stream with mostly small fish, but every once in while a much bigger one comes up that compared to the others looks just huge, like the 13" rainbow I caught last week. But there is something so special about these small, brightly colored fish...
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...