DEDICATED TO CATCHING “THE SHOT.”
Spending the past 10 years living in Oregon my evolution as a steelhead angler and photographer has progressed side by side. There’s always such a story to be told through photographs and fly fishing, the places you go, the people you meet and the fish you encounter, it’s really a never ending palette to illustrate. I spend my winters shooting snowboarding photos for a living and am super lucky that most of the time it keeps me close to a steelhead river.
Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Hollis is a professional photographer whose work covers a wide range of genres, including portraits, travel and, of course, fly fishing. A passionate angler, he has shot the sport, its participants and Winston rods in a variety of locations worldwide. In his own words, “I specialize in the human story behind the fishing as well as building a narrative that we can all relate to. The hardest part of my job is knowing when to pick up the camera and set the rod down.”
No single event led me down the road to focusing so much of my time and effort on attempting to document our native trout species in their natural environment. I could say I got the idea while observing a school of hundreds of brook trout hovering over an aquamarine seep amongst the lava rocks of the Upper Deschutes. Or maybe it came to me while scouting waterfalls deep in the Wilderness of the Purcells and seeing fifteen pound bull trout scurry off their gravel bar redds. There is no place I would rather be than out somewhere feeling the sting of the elements and fine tuning my judgment amongst powers much greater than myself. The wilderness has been more than a place for me to find a challenge; it is a place to reconnect with a natural world from which modern life too often pulls us away.
I grew up in central Pennsylvania, started fishing at the age of 2 1/2 and picked up my first fly rod at the age of 6. Some of my home waters were Fishing Creek, Spring Creek, Penns Creek and the Little Juniata. I moved out to West Yellowstone, Montana in 2006 and have been living here for the last 9 years. I work at Madison River Outfitters fly shop as well as run my own business Christopher Daniel Photography. When I’m not at MRO, I’m spending my time outdoors either fishing or looking for great photos. I have always had a passion for photography but I started taking pictures seriously 6 years ago after receiving my first good camera as a gift from my mother. My love for fly fishing and photography grows every single time I step outdoors!
I was born and raised in Montana — a state with some of the finest rivers in North America. When I was young it was my father who first introduced me to the fly fishing world. But, it wasn’t until the end of high school that I really began growing an appreciation for the local waters. Soon after high school, however, I left home and headed to Southern California for college. While attempting the city and college life I quickly decided that neither the city, nor the university system were for me. So, I dropped out, came back to Montana, and attended the Rocky Mountain School of Photography. Ever since I have been chasing fish with my camera — and, when I get the chance, I put the camera down and just go fishing.
Justin grew up fishing the small lakes and streams of northern Utah with his dad and attributes his love of fishing and photography to that same man. Justin graduated from Utah State University with degrees in Art and Business as well as lettering four years on the football team as the kicker/punter. He is married to his sweetheart and has three children who share his passion for photography, fishing, and all things outdoors. Justin enjoys taking pictures while fishing as much as fishing itself and is often more proud of the pictures he gets than the fish he catches.
Andreas hails from a small town in the middle of Sweden, where he works as a primary school teacher. He’s been fly fishing more most of his life and currently pursues and photographs the pike, trout, sea trout, salmon and grayling that can be found in the rivers and streams that are just a short drive from his home. As he says, “Lately my interest for photography has grown and is now a big part of my fly fishing adventures. Fly fishing is more than just fishing for me; it’s a way of life. And that’s something I try to capture with my camera.”
My college years in Montana solidified my love of wide open spaces. My need for adventure has made me a traveler. I had no idea when I picked up my first camera that it would lead me to capturing moments through video. All these components, nature, adventure, cinema; blend perfectly to create Travels Through Images. In order to keep track of the pulse that keeps video a relevant marketing tool, I make sure to diversify my portfolio. You might find me in a helicopter hovering over an international estate. Diving off the bow of a ship to capture a shot of marine wildlife. Collaborating with a unique resort to showcase its importance as a destination. Or Capturing a special moment to create the lifelong keepsake that a video can be. This is the hardest and best work I will ever do. The natural progression of this path has been to discover a way to tell the story in a new way as I travel, camera in hand. Be it on a mountain or a stream I find the opportunity to create a story and share what I see, my true path and passion.
My obsession with the world of fly fishing began with my father on the famed banks of the Henry’s Fork and its tributaries. I’m devoted to the conservation of river ecosystems, and artistic passion for documenting the fly fishing culture and lifestyle. The processes of fly fishing and photography keeps me begging for more time on the water swinging flies for steelhead, feeding picky risers on spring creeks and backpacking the high country with camera in hand. I’m lifetime resident of Utah and guide trout throughout the state during peak season. I also operate a multimedia company specializing in outdoor content creation called, Bloodknots.
John Konkal was born and raised in Detroit. While attending The College for Creative Studies, John had the pleasure of studying under the great automotive photographer turned instructor, Walter Fayrnk. John moved on to Los Angeles and apprenticed in Hollywood before becoming a leading Automotive advertising photographer. To chill out John listens to the Smiths, Talking Heads, Eminem, Prince, Cake. Loves movies, All kind. When not shooting photo jobs, John travels the world seeking out new Fly Fishing destinations and adventures. He is also an avid Biker, Hiker and Tennis player.
Patrick Lipsker is an adventure lifestyle photographer based out of Spokane, WA. As a life long resident of the Pacific Northwest, Patrick has identified with the outdoors as a means to grow creatively & professionally as a photographer. The the majority of his work can be seen within the Idaho Panhandle and its surrounding National Forests where he wanders with a camera & fly rod in hand. As an adventurer & avid outdoorsman, Patrick’s photographic emphasis lies in seamlessly connecting an intimate human element to the mountains and rivers that define this region.
Award-winning cameraman, director and cinematographer Travis Lowe has combined his passion for fly fishing with his work in the film and television industry. Industry clients include Winston, Patagonia, Abel and Montana Fly Company. His films include the still in progress “SPRING CREEK”, as well as “CANVASFISH” a documentary on artist Derek DeYoung and “THAI ONE ON”, an epic odyssey into the jungles of Thailand in pursuit of Golden Mahseer. Also in production is “FINDING FONTINALIS”, a film that features Yvon Chouinard and chronicles the search for a new World Record Brook Trout in Argentina.
I was exposed to photography at a young age as my father was a published photographer in the sport which inspired me to take my first photography classes in middle school on an old Konica. Since then I have found myself in the outdoors for both obvious recreation and professionally. The more time I spent with clients outside in wild places it dawned on me that I should be capturing these beautiful locales for them and myself. So for the past 15 years I have been growing a fly fishing business based around capturing these experiences and fish both locally and regionally around Seattle and on my expeditions around the world and have been published in every major industry magazine, both print and digital as well as the New York Times and others. I thoroughly enjoy the company and inspiration fellow photographers provide through their work and watching our industry be morphed by singular moments in time captured and shared with the world.
Bryce McLean is a professional fly fishing guide and avid photographer from Stevensville, Montana. He has spent his entire life in the Big Sky state and has been fishing the waters surrounding the Missoula area since he was a kid. He spends his free time chasing big fish with streamers all over Montana as well as photographing the sport, and shooting and editing fly fishing films.
Russ is an award-winning conservation and outdoor photographer, photojournalist and videographer. He has been fishing for as long as he can remember, and first picked up a fly rod at age 11. He purchased his first R.L. Winston rod nearly twenty years ago, and has been smitten ever since. Russ has fished and photographed throughout North America, the Caribbean and Central America. Russ’s work can be seen regularly in The Flyfish Journal, The Drake Magazine, Trout Magazine, Northwest Fly Fishing, and more. He is based in Denver, Colorado.
Growing up in the foothills between Yosemite and Tahoe I have always been spoiled by the awesomeness of the outdoors. Fresh out of high school having no clue what I wanted to do I happened to take a photography class and found not only my passion but a way to share the beauty of my surroundings with others. Back then, every river I photographed I always imagined how much cooler the image would be if there was someone fishing it. Combining the two, I added a fly rod and a few fishing buddies to my arsenal and decided to move where there was a bit more water to cover. I am still more of a photographer than fisherman, since I prefer a killer image to a killer fish. But… I’m still pretty stoked with a killer fish.
Photography and fly fishing are both new passions for me. My background is in graphic design, but my involvement with my brother’s business, Silver Bow Fly Shop, lead me to weekly fishing trips locally and across the western US. As manager and designer/developer of the shop’s website, I found that photography helped generate excitement for the sport and business. While I have no formal background in photography I enjoy the trial and error aspect of learning-as-you-go.