Friday, October 3, 2014

Time to Fly

My therapist is a fish, a trout more precisely. I can think of no better way to decompress and deal with life's stresses than to head down to the river to fly fish. I think the trout would beg to differ, but for me, it is the ultimate in relaxation, that is until I get my line caught in a tree.

Although I have the world's most perfect job, getting to play for a living as a photographer, I still need my down time. Fortunately, I love what I do so much that even on my down time I still have a camera in hand, combining two of my passions, photography and fly fishing. If I could make a living doing fly fishing photography, I'd never work a day in my life again.

While traveling for photography events, I often take the opportunity to combine it with an outing on a river I wouldn't normally get to. This year I had the opportunity to fish some world class destinations relatively close to home, such as the Ausable River near Lake Placid, the Beaver Kill and Willowemoc in the Catskills, and Pennsylvania's Pine Creek, Penns Creek and Spring Creek. One of my favorite trips was a few years ago when I had the opportunity to fish in Oak Creek Canyon just outside of Sedona, AZ while traveling in between two photography conferences in Las Vegas and Phoenix. What an incredible experience that was. I eagerly await the day I get to go back, hopefully sharing my passion with my kids.

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