By Josh Duplechian
Waking up I notice my toes are still frozen solid. I slept in layers for the last few nights. Many layers in fact. The tip of my nose is the only body part not covered from the cold damp January night.
We are still in our hotel near the banks of the Skagit River in Concrete, WA.
It’s 6 a.m. and we are all moving. Carefully sipping coffee while putting on yesterday’s still frozen waders and boots we manage to get to the river at first light. With three cameras at the ready we prepare for what we joke about as “another day of documenting people casting.” The actual hope though is to see and document, if for a brief second, just one of the elusive wild steelhead that make their way up Washington’s extraordinary Skagit River.
The goal of this film and photography collaboration with The Flyfish Journal is to tell the story of Washington’s Skagit River through the lens of science, culture and history.