ST. BRANDON’S ATOLL | MAURITIUS

SAINT BRANDON’S ATOLL | INDIAN OCEAN
16° 35’0.0”S 59° 40’0.0”E – North East of Mauritius

Here we go, cue the automatic “out-of-office” email reply! ….My bags are packed, Global Rescue and SAT phone in tow and I am heading out the door in less than 24 hours. It is going to take 4 days, 4 plane rides, 2 hotels and a 28hr, 268-nautical-mile ocean crossing later to get there. My final destination is a very remote place called Île Raphael on St.Brandon’s Atoll, it’s about 10,393.44 miles away from home.

St. Brandon (Saint Brandon), also known as Cargados Carajos Shoals, is a collective of over 50 islands, coral ridges and vast sand flats on an extended reef located in the middle of absolutely nowhere Indian Ocean. I will be on assignment for Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures with the Fly Castaway boys targeting anything that swims on the flats, mainly giant bonefish and giant trevally. It has been said this place is literally the next frontier in the world of saltwater flats fishing. It is very remote, way off-the-grid and is one of the few remaining protected pristine places left on the planet, not too mention, its extremely difficult to get there.

I am beyond excited and I feel very lucky to be on this trip. This is for sure a once in a life-time opportunity for me, I am looking forward to the adventure and I can’t wait to make some photographs.

+ Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures: http://www.yellowdogflyfishing.com/fly-fishing-vacation-lodges/fly-fishing-indian-ocean-st-brandons-atoll.htm
+ Fly Castaway: http://flycastaway.com/

“Mauritius was made first and then heaven, heaven being copied after Mauritius.”-Mark Twain

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TENKARA + BROWN TROUT = FUN

TENKARA + BROWN TROUT = FUN
Las Pampas, Argentina 

I love fishing! I was raised an an angler, with a worm, a spinner and a fly and each has brought me some of the most memorable and valuable moments in my life. I’ve never been able to limit myself to fun. In 2014 I was in rural Argentina with a few great fishing friends, we had an amazing day fishing, with a Tenkara rod. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a group of anglers have so much camaraderie in an afternoon of fishings since the last time I was there the year before “playing baseball”. Played with 1 fly rod and 1 fly, taking turns with minimal casts, minimal steps, minimal time on the clock and if you swing and miss once, your out and then on to the next guy. There is much much more to fishing, than actually catching fish. This reminds me about the time we randomly found a lure while working on a slackline shoot in the backcountry, with no rod or reel or line around, we unraveled a inner sleeping bag cord, created a rig and caught a little fish. But this day, the day of the Tenkara, was amazing and it couldn’t have gone better.

YC – “Martin, have you ever used a tenkara rod?”
MA – “No, never “
YC – “Well, its just like this (quick demonstration) want to try it?”
MA – “ahhh, ok.. sure!”

2.83 seconds later 

MA – “HOLY SH@*, first cast!!”
GROUP – “laughing and cheering”

+ Patagonia Tenkara: http://www.patagonia.com/tenkara
+ Las Pampas Lodge: http://www.laspampaslodge.com/

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NATURES BAMBOO ROD

NATURES BAMBOO ROD 
Location: Can’t Pronounce It Creek, Argentina

No rod, no line, no problem! Martin Gallo Argerich used natures natural bamboo and no fly line to catch this fish. Why? well, because the rest of the crew headed up river with all the gear, ha. But it didn’t matter.

+ Las Pampas Lodge: http://www.laspampaslodge.com/

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HATCH OUTDOORS | CATALOG 2016

HATCH OUTDOORS | CATALOG 2016
Commercial Catalog

The new 2016 Hatch Angler’s Annual is hot off the press and is looking better than ever. A huge thanks to all those that help make these images possible: friends, family, fellow photogs, guides, anglers, staff, transfer agents, translators, editors, pilots and taxi cab drivers. It really does take a great team to create great imagery and great content.

Hatch Outdoors
+ Hatch Outdoors – http://www.hatchoutdoors.com/
+ 2016 Anglers Annual – http://www.hatchoutdoors.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Hatch_2016_AnglersAnnual.pdf

Article Credits
+ Edited by: Sarah Grigg- http://shgrigg.com/
+ Tom Melvin/Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures – http://www.yellowdogflyfishing.com/

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THE VENTURING ANGLER INTERVIEW

TRAVELING ANGLER PROFILE: FLY FISHING THE WORLD WITH BRYAN GREGSON
The Venturing Angler Interview, March 2016

I’ve had this on my desk for a few years now, and I finally got around to finishing it. As always, I never know what to say and I never really feel comfortable talking about myself. But hopefully you will get some entertainment out of it and a glimpse of how I see life through my view finder. Thank you for the continued support, The Venturing Angler.

+ Interview: http://venturingangler.com/2016/03/21/traveling-angler-profile-fly-fishing-the-world-with-bryan-gregson/

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YELLOW DOG PHOTO WORKSHOP | BELIZE OCT 2016

YELLOW DOG ON-THE-WATER PHOTO WORKSHOP
Ambergris Caye, Belize

Join Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures for a hands-on, adventure-filled outdoor and fishing photography workshop in beautiful Belize. This six-night / five-day school will take place at El Pescador Lodge on Ambergris Caye October 22-28, 2016. This immersive workshop will be led by three well-known and accomplished outdoor and fishing photographers: Bryan Gregson, Jess McGlothlin and Jim Klug. The school includes daily classes and instruction, three full days of guided flats fishing, field trips on Ambergris and visits to surrounding islands, all lodging and meals.

SURFACE FILM 6 | FUNDRAISER

SURFACE FILM 6 | GREENBACKS FUNDRAISER
Upslope Brewing Company | Boulder, Colorado

It’s that time of year again! The Greenbacks annual Surface Film event is right round the corner. The date has been set for March 26th at the Upslope Brewing Company in Boulder, Colorado. It’s an honor once again to be asked to participate in such a great event! If you live in the area and can make those dates, I urge to to go and support their important ongoing conservation efforts.

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“For the past five years, we have brought you an extraordinary selection of fine art from the angling community. Celebrating the works of the industry’s most acclaimed photographers, this year’s Surface Film is dedicated to showcasing our most prominent pieces from years prior. Framed work will be available for sale to support The Greenbacks and our cold water conservation efforts. 
In addition, we’ll have our annual raffle tickets for sale from our sponsors, including Scott Fly Rod Company, Ross Reels, Front Range Anglers, Scientific Anglers, Costa Sunglasses and fishpond. Plus, music from our friends, aka Laser Bunny. Please mark your calendars now and join us March 26th at Upslope Brewing Company. If you’re on Facebook, you can confirm your attendance here. We look forward to seeing you again this year.”

+ Greenbacks: http://thegreenbacks.org/surface-film-6/
+ Angling Trade article: https://www.anglingtrade.com/2016/03/08/surface-film-vi-greenbacks-announce-sixth-year-of-photo-show-to-benefit-conservation/

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ATTN: SERIOUS ANGLERS | OPEN SEATS AVAILABLE

ATTN: SERIOUS ANGLERS | OPEN SEATS AVAILABLE ON UPCOMING ADVENTURES
St, Brandons Atoll-Mauritius, Wrangell-Alaska, Kamchatka-Russia

Are you a serious angler looking for a trip of a lifetime? Join me for one of my upcoming adventures. I have a few slots open for the individual seeking a trip of adventure and the unknown. These are very adventurous trips with some of the best fishing found anywhere on the planet! This is not a big group of hosted anglers, rather a small select few. All persons should be in good physical condition; these trips require a lot of wade fishing and tons of action. Global Rescue is required for St. Brandon’s and Russia.

Looking for a few serious anglers. Please contact me for details –> bryan@bryangregsonphotography.com

+ NOW! ST. BRANDON’S ATOLL: Monster bonefish and GT’s – March 30-April 13 – 1 spot
+ SOUTHEAST ALASKA: Wild remote Steelhead – April 17-23 – a few spots avail
+ KAMCHATKA: Mouse eating rainbows – Exploratory – July 25-8th – 1 spot

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NEW SAGE FLYFISH AD CAMPAIN | PROJECT MOD

SAGE FLYFISH | MOD ROD CAMPAIN
Henry’s Fork River, Idaho

Last year the crew set out to create a few new ad campaigns for SAGE Flyfishing with both still images and motion for The fruits of our labor has started to trickle out from the SAGE Flyfish Camp this spring. First up is the the MOD Rod. The project went live last month with a video and photo ad campaign. Stay tuned, more to come!

I really enjoyed this project. The Henry’s Fork river is a place I hold near and dear to my heart. The water, the fish, the people, the bugs, the mountains, it has been a place that has helped me get to where I am today. Getting to know more about Jerry, hearing his stories and seeing a personal glimpse into a man we’ve all admired and grown up with was a special experience. It’s not everyday I get to work with the legends of my youth. Hat’s off to the production crew who made this happen: Drew Stoecklein, Bobby Foster, Catie Webster and of course master Jerry Siem and all the great folks at Sage Flyfish who trusted us with this special project.

+ SAGE Flyfish: http://www.sageflyfish.com/

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Sage MOD from Far Bank on Vimeo.