Over the years, I've had so many people make observations about the fish pictures I take. "How do you get the fish to hold still?" is one of the most common questions I hear. Generally, you have to have the camera ready very quickly after lifting the fish out of the water. Have your buddy compose the shot first and take the picture as soon as the fish is in place (there's a reason a lot of the best pictures have water dripping off the fish). Snap 2-3 very quickly and one will usually turn out. Then get that fish back in the water ASAP. Done correctly, a fish should never be out of the water more than 10 seconds and even that is on the long side. Ideally this is done with two people of course. If you have to take self timer shots, get a BIG net and keep that fish in the water until the last possible moment. The last thing you want to do is kill a fish that you intend to release.
And now for the whole point of this post, I wanted to make sure you all realize that not all fish are cooperative, I thought I would share a favorite brookie shot I just came across from a couple of years ago. Actually, I have a whole collection of these "action" shots. Maybe I'll do an expanded post showing them another time and you can all laugh at my (and other anglers') facial expressions as I realize the fish is headed somewhere else. For now, here is one of many anti-picture brook trout. At least the colors are still beautiful!
UPDATE: 9/29/2016 Smokies Fly Fishing Report -- Current Hatches: Isonychias (aka Slate Drake or Mahogany Dun), Mahogany Duns (Paraleptophlebia), Little Yellow Stoneflies, Golden Stoneflies, Tan and Cinnamon Caddis, inch worms, beetles, and ants. Low water everywhere you go! Water temperatures are good now with cool overnight fall weather the norm. Fish throughout the Park now and focus on stealth and finding faster broken pocket water where you can get close to the trout. Stonefly or Isonychia nymphs and terrestrials are probably your best bet until we get more rain.
Caney Fork Fly Fishing Report: This has been a banner year on the Caney. The majority of floats are yielding fish to at least 18-19 inches with quite a few 20"+ trout being caught as well. Yesterday we boated a big 20"+ holdover rainbow that ran all over the river before finally coming to the net. I have some availability if you are looking for a guided trip so contact me about a float or wade trip if you want to enjoy this fishing at TroutZoneAnglers@gmail.com or call/text (931) 261-1884.
Clinch River Fishing Report: Fishing continues to be good and there are some wadeable flows on a regular basis now. Long fine leaders and midges are the recipe on low water. Combine this with long casts and you will be rewarded. High water is producing some quality trout. Nymphs and midges or streamers are both going to produce on high water.
Holston River: Give this river a break on the trout sections until next winter. Water temperatures on most of the trout water are elevated and fishing now will stress these beautiful fish.
Cumberland Plateau Fishing Report: Cooler weather will get the bass fired up again as they feed heavily before winter sets in. Muskie will be hot as well. Our current problem is low water. Wading is an option but I would wait longer until we get some rain to start fishing these streams again.