Alaskan Leopard

June 25, 2007

was rainbow, rainbow, rainbow!
And I let the fish go.
-Elizabeth Bishop, The Fish

You knew there was a big fish on the edge of the white water. You knew he’d only give you one cast. You hoped you chose the right fly. You thought you might have to cross the rapids to land him. You expected a fight.

Then you laid the fly into the seam.

Nothing was surprising until you held him in your hands.



  1. Those cheeks are incredible.

  2. Really cool looking fish. Did you eat this one???

  3. He’s a beautiful trout. They always are, but this one is remarkable.

  4. Unbelievable. I never knew until I’ve viewed your spectacular pictures how beautiful “a plain ‘ol trout is.”

  5. Goodness, what a beauty.

  6. But could he win a fight with a cheetah? Important question.

  7. A fish in the hand is better than two down stream.

    Fish are beautiful creatures created by the master artist.

  8. Amazing trout. Rarely I have seen so curious trouts of color. She is very dark and with many points.

  9. Nice fish!

  10. Crazy beautiful fish.

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