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Photo Tip: Catchlights

April 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Catchlights are important when creating appealing portraits.  In the absence of a strong light source, simply capturing detail in the eyes can also make a big difference.  Of course, good-looking subjects go a long way too.

Take a look at this handsome mug, for example.  The sparkles in those big, dark eyes really connect with the viewer.  Its personality left a lot to be desired though.

This angry crayfish clamped down on a nightcrawler that was intended for a trout in Powells Creek, near Halifax.

The photograph and text are Copyright © 2010 David Deppen, all rights reserved.  They are not in the public domain and may not be copied, used for derivative works, or used in emails, websites, blogs, or any other media, or for any other purpose, without explicit advance permission from David Deppen.  Please use links to website pages if you wish to share content with others.

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You Never Know

April 5, 2010 Leave a comment

Our fishing foursome was late for Saturday’s opening of PA’s trout season.  Due to a morning commitment, it was after 2:00 when we parked near our first choice out of several places under consideration.  Surprisingly, the pool we wanted to fish was available, although a large group of anglers was nearby.  I advised the grandsons that we shouldn’t expect to catch a lot of fish.  Most likely, any trout that hadn’t been caught were not very hungry.  Surely the people who were fishing downstream already tried our spot.

After 1-1/2 hours, the boys had three trout on stringers.  Their patience was waning and it was time for Barbara to take them home anyway.  I stayed, in an attempt to add a couple trout of my own, so we’d have enough for a meal.  After several casts, I was losing confidence in worms.  So when my line tore on a snag, I decided to try my favorite Mepps spinner.  Two casts later…

… I had a fight on my hands.  After several runs downstream and across the creek, the 4-lb. line held and the heavy rainbow was finally getting tired.  Just when I thought it was ready to give up, it saw the net and made one more run to the other side.  Then it was out of gas and my big net made the landing easy.  It immediately started thrashing, and the spinner popped out of its mouth.  I couldn’t believe my good fortune.  Someone else wasn’t as lucky.

Dark line was hanging out of its mouth with a small treble hook stuck in its tongue.  Look familiar, anyone?  The hook came out easily without any bleeding, so this lunker went back to fight another day.

My brother, Alan, has become my personal trophy photographer.  Thanks for these images of a trout I’ll never forget.  We did our best to get an accurate measurement without hurting the fish, and came up with 22-1/4″.  Although it wasn’t my longest trout, it was by far the heaviest.  Just look at that girth.

This one didn’t have spectacular colors.  Instead, it was bright silver, with a hint of pink on its cheeks and sides, and more spots toward the tail.  What a great fish!  Now we still don’t have enough trout for a meal.  I guess I’ll have to force myself to go fishing again.  Oh well.

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All photographs and text are Copyright © 2010 David Deppen, all rights reserved.  They are not in the public domain and may not be copied, used for derivative works, or used in emails, websites, blogs, or any other media, or for any other purpose, without explicit advance permission from David Deppen.  Please use links to website pages if you wish to share content with others.

Fallfish: The Other White Fish

November 9, 2009 6 comments

This young angler prefers to eat, rather than release, his fish.  How could I turn down that smile?  Besides, it had been decades since I last ate a fallfish (my brothers and I called them whitefish).  They tasted fine, but the bones were impossible to remove.  It was time to give them another try.

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This colorful fallfish succumbed to the four-year-old’s nightcrawler rig.

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We decided that any nice ones from this trip to Powells Creek, near Halifax, would go home for a meal.  At the end of the day, two fallfish and a rainbow trout went to the fillet board.  Compared to a trout, removing the pin bones from a fallfish is a difficult task.  Although these big minnows have a relatively wide body shape—leading you to believe you’ll get some thick fillets—most of that is between the ribs.  A 12-incher is the minimum for nice portions.

The result was shocking—in a good way!  Between the four of us who sampled the fillets, we unanimously preferred the fallfish over the trout.  The fine bones that stayed in the fillets weren’t even noticeable.  Fallfish will definitely be on the menu again next year.

All photographs and text are Copyright © 2009 David Deppen, all rights reserved.  They are not in the public domain and may not be copied, used for derivative works, or used in emails, websites, blogs, or any other media, or for any other purpose, without explicit advance permission from David Deppen.  Please use links to website pages if you wish to share content with others.

Wiconisco Creek Rainbow

October 30, 2009 Leave a comment

My neighbor Ken and I recently headed to the Wiconisco Creek near Millersburg for some late season trout fishing.  It was some of the toughest fishing of the year, as we made a lot of casts with very few hits.  The last hole we fished—a long, deep, slow pool—proved to be the most interesting.

The highlight was when a nice-sized mink swam across the creek just upstream from us.  It was swimming furiously to get away, and scurried into the brush as soon as it reached the opposite shore.  Of course, like most cool wildlife sightings, the camera wasn’t easily accessible at the time.

Ken caught a very nice fallfish, which he quickly photographed before its release to prove to Brenda that he really was fishing, and actually caught something.  I managed one rainbow trout that sported a beautiful pink gill plate and stripe.  Normally, a 12-1/2-incher would feel kind of hefty.  But this one looked a little malnourished.  Regardless, it felt good to catch an October rainbow.

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All photographs and text are Copyright © 2009 David Deppen, all rights reserved.  They are not in the public domain and may not be copied, used for derivative works, or used in emails, websites, blogs, or any other media, or for any other purpose, without explicit advance permission from David Deppen.  Please use links to website pages if you wish to share content with others.