Since going to work full-time for Trout Unlimited this past July, I've had the privilege of meeting and spending time with some of the best people I've met in my life. Talented, passionate, dedicated, funny, hard-working, great fishing and a damned artistic bunch of folks!
Some are amazing wordsmiths with the English language. Something I've always aspired to, but rarely achieve. Others have made huge contributions to protecting the fish and wildlife we all love so much with their amazing skills at bringing vastly diverse groups of people together and finding common ground to achieve everyone's goals. True diplomats.
Others have skills in technology, computers, science, legal issues, fund raising and a myriad of other talents. Still others have amazing skills behind the lens of a camera. Another aspiration of mine that I rarely succeed at.
All have been damned fine fly fishers.
This post is about a man with amazing talent behind the camera as well as great skills with a fly rod.
This past week I met with Alan Moore (Oregon projects manager for T.U.) and Russ Schnitzer (Agricultural Policy Adviser for T.U.'s Western Water Project) on the South Coast for some fall Chinook fly fishing. Russ and Alan had been roaming the Oregon coast, shooting video and getting some still shots for a project they're collaborating on. They wanted to try their hand at my south coast Kings and get some shots for their project. Who am I to turn them away from such noble efforts?
Dirty, hard and damned dangerous work for certain! but someone has to do it! Might as well be us.
These are some images that Russ sent along from our day together.
Check out Russ's website for more of his amazing images!