Revive - A Quarterly Fly Fishing Journal - Page 56

Seven months ago I made the decision to shoot exclusively with prime or fixed lenses on my Nikon DSLR and packed away several lenses, namely the kit lens (which I never used much anyway) , a wide angle 11-16mm and a 10.5mm fisheye which I was relying way to much on. As I mentioned in the previous "Prime Glass" article, I noticed that with using the fisheye and wide angle lenses so much that my photography lacked imagination and the look that I wanted to achieve.

I've spent most of my time using a relatively inexpensive Nikon 35mm f/1.8 lens and overall I have been really impressed. There have been just a handful of times that I wished I had a different lens for capturing more of what was going on around me but it's teaching me to slow down and think about the image that I am trying to take. I'm still not where I want to be but continue to work on it one click of the lens at a time.

Over the past couple of months I have been able to go on two fly fishing trips concentrating on carp in two very different locations on the Columbia River that separates Oregon and Washington and then Beaver Island and the surrounding archipelago located in the middle of Lake Michigan.

Carp in both of these locations can be found along the hundreds of miles of shore line of this wide river controlled by a series of dams and the open water island archipelago system consisting of islands large and small. These carp similarly seek out the flats to warm themselves in the sun and shallow water but there are some interesting differences to challenge the fly angler that specifically deal with how these carp eat and what it takes to feed them a fly.