Beau Purvis is a well-traveled angler, a great photographer and a good buddy of Deneki Outdoors. Beau was kind enough to put together a post for us with three of his favorite angling photos and, most importantly, the back story for each.
Photos are the only way I can preserve and share moments that have heightened my feelings..stirred my emotions… my memories. I have actually reached the point where the capture of a really good image can bail out a poor day afield chasing fish or game! I can even skip the rod, gun, or bow and just spend time with the camera when things are really right for it.
I selected these three photos because of the amount of personal history in terms of the rivers, the friends and the family…and the scenery, and of course the fish!
The Rio Grande
[Photo above] Friend, John Rabel, casting into the night for a sea run brown take. Gabi watches at the ready. I love the fish, river, country, BA, TDF, and the people at Estancia Despedida! I gave up and went with the camera. I captured this…John was blanked!
My father took me there in ’63 & ’64. We landed on the river at Stewart’s…in a Cesna 180, I think. Taking off was the real story! Dick Blewett and Daryl Hodson were the guides. My sons went twice in the 90’s with me making them the only 3rd generation fishermen local historian Jim Sirois knew of at the time. Friend Bob Clay holds my last fish of that week – probably the darkest fish I ever took from that lower river. Amazing!
Friend, Brian Silvey, making one of his typically wonderful casts. I saw 3 nice rams on the hillside in the morning with the spotting scope I lugged along. I also have tons of memories fishing this river with friend Dec Hogan…boy, did we have some special days!