When you're heading to a river you've never fished or so much as seen before, the looming prospect of several inches of rain isn't a welcome one. When that rain actually materializes, drenching the watershed with steady rain for over 24 hours prior to your arrival, your expectations are lessened -- which isn't necessarily a bad thing as far as fishing trips go.
A few weeks ago we announced the winners of our Maui Jim Best of 2011 Fishing Photo contest and put on display the winning entries and also a collection of entries that the judges voted for in force, but that failed to make the cut into the winning group. However, we received so many excellent entries that we'd like to show off some more of our readers' photographic prowess.
Given the number of excellent photo submissions we received for our Maui Jim Sunglasses Best of 2011 Fishing Photo contest, picking the winners was no easy task. The stunning images we received should serve as a reminder to keep your camera handy when on the water, despite how hard it is to put down your rod and get behind the lens. The images you capture will be with you forever.
We received a lot of excellent photos from readers of the site who participated in our Maui Jim Sunglasses Best Fishing Photo of 2011 contest. Unfortunately, we were only able to award Maui Jim sunglasses or apparel to seven of those photos. There were, however, many more excellent submissions that deserved to be showcased.
In a word Alaska is simply awesome. It’s awesome on every level and if you’ve never been there you owe it to yourself to go. The scenery is awe inspiring, the landscape is rugged, the rivers wild and pristine, the summer light is magical and the fishing is simply second to none. This trip (summer 2010) was primarily a fly fishing adventure but as a professional photographer I worked in as much shooting time as possible.