Earlier this week I was going through my closet and found a bunch of hats I'd probably never wear - just not my style - and hat cam again reared it's ugly head (no pun intended). After looking in the basement for just the right size nut and bolt, a few quick turns of the electric drill later, and I'm now the proud owner of a MacGuyver-ed camera hat.
Now to get it on the water.
Got a little bit of a late start this AM, didn't hit Valley Creek until 9:30 AM. Armed (or is it headed?) with the camera hat, I waded to the first hole and tossed out some some flies tenkara-style. I had no problem whatsoever catching fish today, pulled about 2 or 3 out of every hole or stretch I fished, was just having technical difficulties with the camera.
First the angle was off and the video was really crooked...next I thought I had pushed the record button, but evidently didn't...you know a bunch of what they call in the tech industry "user error." Frustrated, I finally gave up on the hat cam and unscrewed it from my head.
Now, wouldn't you know as soon as it was unmounted, on maybe my 3rd cast following, I got a really nice trout on the line? Most Valley Creek trout run 6-10", but this one was probably 14"+ and putting a nice bend into my tenkara rod. Would have made for nice video too - the water was clear and he was showing a lot of flash during the fight. Alas...he broke off right at my feet, so not even a still photo. Figures...
After that, the camera was going back on the hat for the last stretch of water on the way back to the car. And FINALLY...some fish footage. See, proof I'm not making all of this up after all!
...which yielded this pretty little guy:
|The fruit of my labor|
So, reflections on the day:
1) This was probably the best day I've ever had on Valley Creek. Bead head nymphs under the Elk hair caddis was deadly
2) I'm bringing a net next time. That 14-incher is mine and he's not getting away again.
3) After some trial and error I do like the hat cam. Think I've got the kinks worked out. Will give my hack-job version a couple more tries - then maybe upgrade to the "real" thing.