We had the pleasure of sitting down with one of our favorite photographers, @arianstevens, to learn a little bit about his relationship with fly fishing.

What do you enjoy the most about shooting fly fishing photography?
For me, I really enjoy taking photographs.  It makes me feel normal.  So regardless of what I’m shooting, if you see a camera in my hand… I’m having a good time.  Fly Fishing Photography is my way to feel creative and adventitious all while going to amazing places with amazing people and having fun.

What do you think is the hardest part?
Having to pack twice for every trip.  Packing all my fishing gear, then all my photography gear.  

Ideal camera setup for a weekend fly fishing adventure? Why?
I like to carry a wide angle and a telephoto for the most part. The two lenses fit in my bag nicely with my other gear without getting too heavy.  You can get a lot of different looks from having two good zooms.  If I’m going ultralight I’ll pack just a few prime lenses or my point and shoot.  If there’s room I like to carry my underwater housing with me as well.  It’s a bit bulky, but sometimes it adds that wow factor to a photo essay, making it worth the extra weight.

One fish you would love to photograph?
It’s a toss-up between Tarpon and Golden Dorado.  I think both would be a complete shit show of way too many things that could go wrong while trying to get the shot.  I’m all for it, sign me up!