I recently photographed a popular local sport in Montana—fly fishing—in Armstrong Spring Creek near Livingston, which is one of the most popular fly fishing spots in the world. The streams are full of beautiful rainbow trout and there are many scenic spots to fish.
Photo tip: Don’t be afraid to get wet, dirty, muddy, cold, hot, or any other inconvenience to capture the photo you want. Get in close to the action to make the viewer feel like they are part of the activity. To take this picture, I wore wading gear, kneeled down in the water, and dodged the fisherman’s rod and fly. I recommend using a shutter speed of at least 1/500 sec to stop the action. I set my ISO to 640 and shot this with a f/8 aperture, which provides an overall sharpness to the image.
Jonathan Irish is a professional photographer and Director of Programs for National Geographic Adventures.