casting dries under Beijing sky

August. Hot as “H”. A Sky full of smoke. Looks like a smog blanket in Beijing. It’s burning west of here. In British Columbia. The residue is drifting eastward. We had almost two months of it last year. To quote Yogi Berra, ” It’s Deja Vu all over again”. Cool, clear Rocky Mountain air… total myth. It’s a heat wave. Fires are burning. And I’m casting flies/fries under a Beijing sky.


smokey sky


on pmd size 18




river 10am


rainbow on pmd, size 18


cdc pmd size18



7 thoughts on “casting dries under Beijing sky

  1. Hi Robert,

    When it gets smoky like this, it’s almost as if as if it’s dusk outside all day. I wonder how this effects the fish, and if more bugs hatch on the river when this happens? It looks like there could be some rain coming toward the end of the week. That would be good. Nice fish!

    • Vic: Yes, rain would be welcomed. Good questions about smoke and fish response. With the lower light I think they are more likely to rise. Whether it can improve a hatch…one would think it would. That said, with the favorable smokey fishing conditions why am I struggling the past 2 days on my favorite rivers??? Going to change my shirt and hat…that will change my luck. The trout will respond. Thanks for dropping in. Good luck on your next outing.

  2. Bob– i really like your black and white photography

    , but keep in mind that the smoke presents some great colour opportunities. not just the various orange/rust/red sun pics but the colours of things the sun’s smoke tinged rays turn into. Weimaraners are absolutely psychedelic for instance!– AmosG

  3. Het Amos: Thanks for dropping in. Yes, our smoky skies do present great opportunity for color photography. At times I’ve thought about post a color photo, such as on brown trout, but in end decide not to as keep the blog consistently in B&W….don’t know why I ‘ve mad that rule for myself. Color shots would certainly show off better how bad the smoke really is. Will be posting this weekend some nice pics of Brown trout as was off of work last week. Check it out. Hope you’ve been fishing and playing music.

    • Bob–Am doing a concert @ our home venue–Carlson’s on Macleod in High River on Sept.28. Only fishing on smoke free days (not many of them!) due to my asthma. got 1 day in this week.–thanks– Amos

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