SAM IRVING

I've been fishing for as long as I can remember. One of my first memories is hauling back a pike in a five-gallon pail across Pigeon Lake with my dad. Looking back now, that thing probably didn't weigh more than four pounds, but at the time it seemed monstrous! Over the years I did a bit of gear fishing, culminating in me getting my first rod at the age of ten (which Jeremie promptly broke) but my first fly fishing trip to the Campbell River when I was fourteen changed me as an angler indefinitely. All of a sudden I was fighting fish, not just cranking them up from below on gear. My focus shifted from walleye and pike to trout and salmon.

This is very much a parallel to my interest in photography; some of my other first memories are begging my dad to let me look through the viewfinder of the family video camera, not realizing that I wouldn't be able to see myself. I got my first film camera when I was seven, and shot a few rolls here and there without much knowledge of what I was doing. Then, upon graduating, I received a GoPro and at the same time, started shooting on Jeremie's first DSLR. Seeing what I could do with manual control of a camera again changed and intrigued me. Slowly but surely I figured out the different settings and the looks that they yielded, and eventually I decided to buy my own and put some of my grandfather's old manual-ring lenses to use. Two more cameras and a bunch more lenses later, here I am!

Original Adipose Fly Fishing Creator/Founder.