One of the difficult things about going on a fly-fishing expedition with a photographer is that you end up with many more great images than you can use in a single magazine or blog story, and it’s tough to pick out just a few to illustrate the words. I often go back and re-live these trips by combing through the photos shot by my friend Sandy Hays, who has traveled with me to about a dozen angling destinations–from New Zealand to Norway, and from Argentina to Ireland.
Recently, while perusing his wonderful images from our 2011 trip to the Spanish Pyrenees with Salvelinus Fishing Adventures, I noticed something fascinating: the brown trout that we caught often looked very different from each other, depending on where we were fishing. So I put together this selection of photos to demonstrate the point. There is, of course, an obvious contrast between the native, Mediterranean “striped” brown trout and those introduced to the region by stocking. But the spotting patterns and even body shapes of the fish also vary widely, perhaps as a result of various kinds of interbreeding among different native and introduces stocks. Enjoy this selection of trout as seen through Sandy’s lenses, as well as the many varieties of brown-trout finery.
Here’s a slideshow including many more images from the trip. Watch at full-screen for maximum effect: