Monday, December 29, 2008

Happy New Year From The SLC!

With all the snow this past couple weeks I have not been on the water. I have been spending a lot of time behind the lens and taking advantage of some nice winter shots around town.
While these photos are not fly fishing related I thought I would share a couple with everyone and wish you all a very HAPPY NEW YEAR 2009! Let's hope it is as great as 2008 or better!

Salt Lake Capital Building. SLC, UT

LDS Temple. SLC, UT

HAPPY NEW YEAR & Tight Lines 2009 from JayMorr, Lezlie, Ben, Brig, Raegan & Romney!

Catching Up Over The Holiday

The holiday season has kept me very busy with portraits and writing. Late nights and early mornings are the only way to keep up with pulling images off the cameras and having any time to do any kind of post processing.

Fishing with Jason & Scott was good times for sure. Scott needs to get out to Utah more!

I hope you enjoy some of the latest.

Bear Lake was awesome this year:

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Rainbow Flash - The Art of Fly Tying Materials

The past couple of weeks I have been experimenting with "Reverse Macro". I have spent some time shooting a series featuring fly tying materials. In this set I shot Crystal Flash hung from my light box. I really enjoyed the colors and I hope you do as well. This set of three are my favorites.

These photographs will look good blown up and added to the wall in the fly tying dungeon.

It took time to mix and match the colors to come up with a "Rainbow Trout" feel. I have a lot of fun exploring new techniques with Reverse Macro.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Fly Rod & Brown Pics

I just got done fighting the Flu! I do not wish that upon anyone. It ripped through my family. As quick as it came it is now gone and I feel like I can finally sit down and focus a bit. I put together some more photos tonight of some of the Brown shots I got. I hope you enjoy them. I really like the shot of the fly rod on the rocks. The stones turned out really neat in the frame.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Fishing The Middle P.

Thanksgiving time, turkey, home made rolls, stuffing, and mash potatoes! It would not be complete without a day on the water with friends.

We hit the Middle P. and enjoyed the time away from "everything". The weather was perfect and so were the colors on a few fish that were caught.

I have not fished the Provo that much this year. There has been other water to be had this year. It was good to hit the "Middle" again as the year winds down and comes to a close. I will post more photos shortly, but here are a few from the other day.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

NEW BLOG - JayMorr Photography

I just want to let everyone know that I have been working on a new blog for JayMorr Photography. The new blog will accommodate larger photo's and have a more professional look. PLEASE MAKE NOTE ***** The new address is:
be sure to update all your bookmarks ;) (I will also update my blog roll links to include the new address). The look and feel is still a work in progress including the banner header which will be improved with Adobe Flash very soon. I should have the site completed over the holidays. Stay Tuned! I am very excited.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

My Mentors Series 1 - John Bennett Photography

A little while back I highlighted a few of the individuals who have made an impact on my photography and helped me grow in many ways. The internet for me and like many others has made it possible to read, share, critique photos and has opened doors to a world of photography. Over the years I have built relationships with some great people through online communities. Their impact has effected me greatly both as a fly fisher and photographer.

John Bennett aka. "Wulff" has been one of those individuals. His photography over the past few years sparked a personal excitement to capture my flyfishing passion behind a lens. It has now developed past fly fishing and has become a huge part who I am. Capturing a moment, a story, if only for a second, has consumed my energy and I live to share it.

"Wulff" has had a very large impact on how I shoot, and the equipment I use (Canon). He has taken the time to critique and expand upon my photos and I will always be grateful to him! John's work can be viewed at . His galleries include Fishing, Hunting, Wildlife, & Waterfowl, along with many others. John has some of the most impressive Waterfowl and Raptor shots I have ever seen. While John works full time in the financial industry his other profession as a photographer has taken him on assignment where he has captured some amazing photographs. Be sure to check out his site! I have also added a link to my blog roll.

Thanks John! Keep sharing your work.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Tying The "MacDaddy"

A few years ago I stumbled on to a nice write up by Jay "Fishy" Fullum and his innovative Nail Fly patterns. Over the years I have tied up many of Jay's patterns and have incorperated my own spin off's from his flies. When I first tied the nail fly I used it exclusively in Brown to mimic a baby Brown Trout. I will never forget my first cast on Big Cotton Wood Canyon Creek in SLC, UT and the monster hit I got from such a tiny trout. I hooked the little guy and I knew I was immediately on to something good. I have experimented with several colors and I have been playing around with a new pattern that I have named "MacDaddy". Lake Trout have been picking up White and Chartruese patterns and the nail fly in this color should be a success.

Again, play around with color variations and have fun!

Step 1
Paint fake fingernails or use sharpie markers. Apply 1 coat of nail hardner to the nail. This will seal the color. Green/Chartruese, has been a great color ;)

Step 2
Using a #4 Streamer hook, bend the shank down. This will give the fly more action and also help attach the nail back later on. Begin with laying down a thread base.

Step 3
Attach either dumbell, or chain eyes to the TOP of the thorax. This will help the nail fly reside upside down on the strips. I have used a figure-eight wrap and super glue to lock the eyes in place.

Step 4
Attach the tail. I am using Perl Crystal Flash for this pattern. Color and material can be subsituted. Attach the Herl/Chennille and wrap it forward. In this pattern I am using a Perl Herl, and I have twisted it to give it a tighter body. Bring the herl all the way forward over the eyes and tie it in.

Step 5
At this point you should have a pretty decent looking fly.

Step 6
Coat the top of the fly with super glue. Also coat the inside of the nail with glue. Press the nail back onto the fly and butt it up next to the eyes. Finish the fly with head cement. I have also added eyes by glueing them to the dumbells for further effect.

I would love to hear how you all do. This pattern is killer in brown with black dots to represent a baby Brown Trout. I also tie them up in a Light Purple and Pink to represent baby Bows. It is that time of year to break out the big stuff and HUCK MEAT!


Monday, November 3, 2008

Lake Trout Fly Fishing Vid

"SenorFish" (Brandon) took this sic video of Stout landing a nice Mac on the fly! Can't wait to get back up there fellas!

Back from "Lake Town" - Big Mac's On The Fly

It's 2am and I am on the road. I cracked the window and sipped on a Rockstar energy drink, it didn't matter that I had not slept the last couple of days. The excitement caused restless nights, not to mention a wicked cold that could be felt all the way down into my chest. I felt like I had been hit by a large object. I rolled into Stout's place and we quickly loaded the gear into the trailer. The drive to the lake seemed short in the early morning hours. We made good time with knowone on the roads and the conversation took the sting out of my body. We rolled up at the usual spot to find Jason asleep in the back of his truck. We had at least 2 hours before sun up and a power nap was a must. The rest was quick but it felt good. Our boats were on the water before sunlight. The trout could be seen porpusing out of the water like dolphins. The splashes were loud thuds as they hit the water. Drenaline was flowing and in the three years of fishing for "Lakers" I have only hooked into one and never landed it. The window of opportunity is short in the morning hours and it was now or wait till next year to scratch another species off my wish list. Turning, I saw Stout's rod doubled over and in a calm and quiet voice I could hear him say "I think this is a nice one". Stout had been up the day before landed a very nice Mac and the weekend before that landed 4 or 5 more. He was making it look easy, but for anyone who has fished with us on these adventures, they know its tuff and it is not fast and furious by any means! Patience and paying dues comes to mind and with a bit of luck, I have seen some very large Trout landed on 8-weights. The 8-weight was doubled over in half making it look flimsy. Calmly Stout got a net on the fish and I raised up to snap some shots. In the background I could see the faint signs of light as the pink sky started to show above the mountain horizon.

We slugged out the morning hours, it was almost noon and with one Lake Trout caught it was about time to hit the road back home with our window of opportunity dwindling as the morning progressed. I pulled my boat to the shore just as Jason hooked into a very large fish. He played him for minutes and was unable to turn him or bring it up. Before we could get good looks, it was gone. Disapproval and disappointment set in but sometimes that just happens.

Every year I look forward to these trips and my opportunity to land the Trout that still eludes me. Maybe next year.

I hope you enjoy the photos... Nice fish Stout!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Hope everyone had a HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! MUHAHAHAHA! Be sure to check out for all the details! I put the new Canon 100-400mm L to the test!

PS. It's 12:35am and I am out the door for the lake in 1.50hrs... Gone Fishing!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

New Lens

I can now scratch a HUGE item off my wish list.... Canon Zoom 100-400mm 4.5-5.6 USM L IS ! It took me a while to get this lens but now that I finally have it, I can't wait to get it out in the field and water to test it!

I have taken some really nice pictures with my Tokina Professional Series 80-400mm, but nothing compares to having the best glass in the industry. I will post some photographs soon with the new piece of equipment. I am heading out this weekend to use it.

Monday, October 27, 2008

HERO SHOT - This is fly magazine!

I just caught wind that I made the "Hero Shot" in "This is fly" . Thanks for the shout fella's I love what you are doing and represent!

Here is a link:

Friday, October 24, 2008

JayMorr Photography "NFR"

I just got done launching a new blog - JayMorr Photography. While I wish at times I had the money and time to fly fish whenever I pleased, reality reminds me that I have a family and a career (no it is not fly fishing related). When I am not behind the vise or out on a small mountain stream or lake, I am usually trying to hold down the homefront while keeping my sanity. Honestly, I probably wouldn't have it any other way and I have no regrets when it comes to the path I have chosen.

I love to fly fish. I hope you have been able to see that through my lens and writing. My blog on the "other" side will capture the moments that are "NFR" (non - flyfishing related). I welcome you to visit and experience my other interests as I continue to write and shoot ....


Thursday, October 23, 2008

Trick My Fly Dungeon Part II

So last year I blogged about trickin' out your fly tying dungeon and maximizing your space. After a lengthy remodel including a new den, I decided to re-evaluate my tying dungeon. Over the past couple of months I have been on the look out for a nice roll top desk. I bookmarked my favorite classifieds site online and began the hunt for a desk that cost under $50 Bones. When I saw a desk show up for $20, I immediately jumped on the phone and rushed out in the Yukon to pick it up.

I am still putting the room together, but the new $20 roll top will serve it's purpose well over the next several years. Now when I am in the middle of tying and get pulled away, I simply roll the top down and can rest easy knowing the kids won't be getting into my materials.

Around the corner are the Winter months, and no better time than to revamp the setup. Be on the look out for cheap desks on your local classified sites and TRICK YO' FLY DUNGEON!

~It's A Good Thang!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Part III - Some of My Favs

Here is a collection of some of my favorites from this past weekend. Again, I had a tremendous time on the water. I hope you enjoy the photographs.


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