Holding Your Rod In Your Teeth, Etc., For Photos.

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  1. Abomb

    Abomb Active Member

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    I was going to post this up but you beat me to it. Funny shit.
     
  2. bigdood

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    I've somehow avoided making any wise ass comments about toothing your own rod but just wanted to add this was a timely thread. Our new yellow lab puppy tried to grip the GF's rod in her mouth yesterday....I'll be calling Redington in a few minutes to see if I can buy a new top section.
     
  3. GAT

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    Personally, I don't care if you hold the rod in your mouth or not. However, I won't take a hero shot of you if you are doing so because I think it looks downright silly. I've taken a lot of hero shot photos for publication and not one of the paper of electronic publishers would accept rod in teeth shots.

    Each to their own. Art directors think it looks silly, same as I. And they make the rules for competitions and publications. For your own photo albums, be my guest. I've heard some high end rod companies are now offering a tooth guard on the rod shaft as an option for those who are into the teeth grip hero shots :D
     
  4. Breck

    Breck The Whisky Guy

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    Amen to that!
     
  5. Breck

    Breck The Whisky Guy

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    Forgive my ignorance here, but what is the criteria for a "hero shot"?
     
  6. GAT

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    Breck, look at the cover of just about any issue of Fly Fisherman and that will give you a good idea of what makes a "hero shot". It's what those in the biz call the fish with angler photo.

    For awhile, the proper pose was to hold the fish above the water and look at the fish instead of the camera. I see that they've now gone back to the angler looking at the camera. In any case, sun glasses must be removed, the rod or reel or some part of it must be in the shot so you know the fish was caught with fly gear.

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    Figures... I just checked a recent cover for FFM and I see that this one has the angler looking at the fish... evidently you can go either way. Brian O'keefe normally shoots his hero shots with the angler looking at the fish.

    "Hero Shot"

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  7. Breck

    Breck The Whisky Guy

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    OK. So, my question now is, who gives a shit? Most people I know that want to have their picture taken do so because they want to preserve a particular moment or event. Not looking at the camera just to ease the feelbads of pious elitist snobs suffering from butthurt is laughable to me. I couldn't care less about what the "proper pose" is.

    It's attitudes like this that add fuel to the flames of the perception that fly fishers are uptight elitist douchebags. "Look at the fish instead of the camera". Ridiculous. Maybe instead of requesting that folks remove the rod from their teeth, perhaps they should first remove the giant stick from their anus.

    *Edited to add that I'm not singling out GAT by quoting his definition of the "hero pose". It's the definition in and of itself and whomever it was that decided what the "proper pose" should be, not anything to do with GAT. Don't shoot the messenger, right?
     
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  8. ralfish

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    sometimes its the only place to keep the rod, otherwise it kind of a dork thing to do....imho
     
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  9. Chris Bellows

    Chris Bellows Your Preferred WFF Poster

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    Are you sure it is the elitists who are "butthurt" over this?
     
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  10. Breck

    Breck The Whisky Guy

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    Yep. Pretty sure.

    Some folks just like to argue, I guess. Are you saying that you actually support these sanctimonious attitudes?
     
  11. Nailknot

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    Personally, I find placing a fishing pole in one's mouth, taking a picture of the event, and posting it on the internet to be very funny. I don't believe it makes me elitist, sanctimonious or butthurt.

    Seriously, if you can't laugh at a guy with a fishing pole in his mouth, you really need to lighten up.
     
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  12. Breck

    Breck The Whisky Guy

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    Laughing at it is one thing. Deriding a fellow angler for an "improper" pose in a picture that offends your delicate sensibilities is another.
     
  13. Lugan

    Lugan Joe Streamer

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    This topic is as hair-splittingly ridiculous as topics in the past like traditional spey casters hating on Skagit-style casters here on WFF, or a thread I remember on Clark's bamboo rod forum where one group of OCD guys got really bent out of shape that a few others would present their dry flies downstream to a fish rather than upstream. Fun stuff.
     
  14. Salmo_g

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    Maybe taking pictures at all is snobbish and sanctimonious. After all, what purpose do the photos serve besides showing off to friends, family, and the interwebz?

    Sg
     
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  15. Matthew LeBret

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    I was always under the impression that one man should not tell or care how another man holds his rod.