Patagonia Fl Fishing Ambassador Profile| Millie Paini I’ve had the pleasure of working with Millie for the past 4 years. We’ve shot on locations from Belize to the Yucatan to her home Western waters. She’s a true professional in every sense of the meaning. I’m very proud to see her accept the Ambassador position at Patagonia.
The first encounter with a Roseate Spoonbill I was truly amazed. Odd looking creatures, with a unique look, cool personality and full of vibrant color, and did I mention…they are 5 different colors of pink!! Maybe to those that see these daily there’s not much to lift an eyebrow over, but to this rocky mountain dude, it’s a rare and jaw-dropping day when you see a flock of pink birds, in mangroves. Ever encounter I have with them is still of wonder. They congregate close to us, watching our actions with curios eyes. One in our group commented on Labrador like characteristics and facial expressions. In a few minutes dozen appear to watch our angling show. Always feel lucky too see these magnificent animals, and I always wonder what they are thinking…. Nature is pretty dang cool. This is one of many images of Spoonbills from the trip to the middle of the Yucatan
Cool looking spiny-tail iguanas seemed to be lurking around everywhere in the Yucatan. I had a hard time getting in close at first, until the locals clued me in on a little trick. The trick seemed to work and I was able to get in tight on this feller while basking on a large piece of washed-up coral. I was fortunate and was able to capture a lot of wildlife imagery on this trip, birds, fish, lizards, sharks, tarpon trying to eat a bird rookery, and of course humans. I even ventured to the famous “Iguana Island” for lunch in ascension bay to see the lunch pets, and make a cast…I never knew Iguanas loved jalapeños.
ORVIS | ADVERTISMENTS Tiger Musky photo shoot in Utah
I spend a week fishing and shooting in Utah. The target specie was Tiger Musky, a mutant breed: Muskelunge x Northern Pike + test tube = Tiger Musky. These ferocious toothy fish are a blast to fish for. Over the years I’ve targeted a few areas using various methods. These are a fun fish to catch and you can use so many different types of methods to catch them. This particular trip we targeted them on the surface using patterns tied by none other than Brent Dawson of Warpath flies. Brent is a master tier and his specialty is large technical flies. No wonder anglers like Jeff Currier and Mikey Weir and travel companies such as Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures use his flies globally. Tested and approved. If you need flies give Brent a ring, you wont be disappointed.
PATAGONIA SPRING WORKBOOK 2014 | PUBLISHED Argentina
I am very happy to see these images used in the new mages use for the Patagonia Spring Workbook. These images are from a recent trip to the rural Patagonia region of Argentina. We spent time exploring the rugged pristine terrain and fresh clean cold mountain water. Each day seemed better than the last, somehow. The Las Pampas lodge took great care of us. The guides and the staff were superb. It’s a lodge to where you feel at home and the local people you meet on the travels welcomed us with open arms. It was a great humbling experience. One that none of us will ever forget. I can’t wait to return.
KORKERS | COMMERCIAL SHOOT 2014 Spring Catalog Tearsheets
I flew out to Portland to met up with the Korkers for a catalog shoot. The fellas were waiting for me at the airport, tossed the gear in the truck and we immediately headed out for the Deschutes River. We met up with the other part of our crew in Maupin. A quick diner, a few hours of sleep, then we headed to the river for a few days of camping, fishing and photographing. The river is stunning one that I’d love to return to. The trip was nothing short of adventure: sleeping in waders, left bags, lost rod, wild horses, wild rainbows, white water fun, salmon flies, good food and great folks. It was a great experience!