Trip Overview 


Fish. Photo. Travel.

Join Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures for one of our hands-on, adventure-filled outdoor and fishing photography workshops in 2017 and 2018. We have a great line-up this year, so travel with us to Belize, Idaho or Cuba! Our highly accomplished team of adventure angling photographers will lead this immersive workshop. The school includes daily classes, in-the-field instruction, field trips, all lodging and meals

The idea for the Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures on-the-water photo workshop was to create a hands on workshop that is taught by working professionals who specialize in adventure angling. We constructed a learning experience built around real time scenarios. Lets face it, the light is usually never perfect when you finally catch the fish of a lifetime or finally take that once in a lifetime trip. Everyone wants to come home with those special moments so we created a curriculum that provides you with the necessary tools to create great images! The detailed instructional lesson plan is directly applied from the classroom into the field. Each participant has the help of an instructor with almost every shot. It’s a great educational experience for all levels.

Who Should Attend:
Everyone! Whether you just purchased your first camera and are wondering what all those buttons are for, or you’re a seasoned amateur to intermediate photographer wanting to make the most of your fishing and travel photography, this workshop will advance your skill level and improve your photos in the field. With three working professional photographers instructing, we’re able (and happy) to teach and accommodate photographers of any skill level. The diversity of instruction and a curriculum designed specifically for outdoor, travel and fishing photography, this workshop will help you to “up your game” and make the most of your future fishing trips.

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U.S. WEST

Location: Henry’s Fork Anglers – Island Park, Idaho
Dates: August 24 - 30 2017 (6 nights / 5 days)
Cost Per Person (All Inclusive): $3,495.00 Per person / Single Occupant / Shared Bath / Shared Boat
Instructors: Bryan Gregson, Jess McGlothlin

Yellow Dog Flyfishing Photo Workshop

Photo Workshop Packages Includes:

  • (6) nights of lodging at Elk Creek Ranch
  • (3) days of guided fishing with Henry’s Fork Anglers (2 anglers per guide)
  • (2) days of photo excursions
  • Breakfast and dinner at the ranch
  • Streamside lunch with non-alcoholic beverages on each guided fishing day
  • Sack lunch on photo excursion days
  • Transportation to and from your daily fishing location by the guides
  • All flies, tackle, and needed fishing equipment rentals
  • Daily classes, seminars and photo instruction for all five days
  • Lodging taxes
  • Participant gift bag

Package Does Not Include:

  • Airfare
  • Transportation to and from Island Park, Idaho (best to rent a car)
  • Transportation for photo excursions (best to rent a car)
  • Gratuities for fishing guides
  • Gratuities for staff at Elk Creek Ranch
  • Private water fees (Sheridan Ranch)
  • Single supplement upgrades (if desired)
  • Personal camera equipment
  • Alcoholic beverages at Elk Creek Ranch (BYO)
  • Fishing licenses (purchase at fly shop)
  • Other incidental purchases at the fly shop and ranch

School Itinerary and Daily Schedule:
August 24 – All participants arrive in Island Park, Idaho at Elk Creek Ranch. Evening one-hour intro class in main room followed by welcome reception.
August 25 – Full day of guided fishing (two anglers per boat) followed by afternoon class / instruction block in main room.
August 26 – Non-fishing day – Trip to area sites for field work and classes. Afternoon class / instruction block in main room.
August 27 – Full day of guided fishing (two per boat) followed by afternoon class / instruction block in main room.
August 28 – Full day of guided fishing (two per boat) followed by afternoon class / instruction block in main room.
August 29 – Non-fishing day – Trip to area sites for field work and classes. Afternoon class / instruction block in main room
August 30 – Departure day (morning) for all participants and flight back to U.S. / home city.

** FIELD DAYS: will consist of a few short walks in both the early mornings and late evening’s, thin gloves and headlamp are highly recommended. Also, we will be on horseback for ½ day.

Elk Creek Ranch Accommodations and Details
Quiet and secluded, Elk Creek Ranch is a perfect home base to enjoy all that the region has to offer. Their home-cooked country cooking in the family-style dining area is worth your visit. Elk Creek Ranch is located six miles north of Henry’s Fork Anglers. Elk Creek Ranch is the perfect spot for a large group of anglers or an angler with a non-fishing family.

Food and Beverages
Participants staying at Elk Creek Ranch will enjoy three meals a day. Start with a hearty farm breakfast, pack a delicious sack lunch for the middle of the day and settle in for a warm family style meal back at the lodge in the evening. They still use Grandma Ann’s delicious recipes for dinner and know you will enjoy them.

Internet/Communications
Wi-Fi access is available at Henry’s Fork Anglers and is also available but limited at Elk Creek Ranch. Most cell phones work “sometimes” in Island Park.

How To Get There (Arrival and Departure Details / Times)
The Idaho Falls Regional Airport (IDA), 80 miles away, provides the best and most reliable airline service and the best options for airline carries, car rental and shuttle service to Island Park. There is also a small airport in West Yellowstone (WYS), about 50 miles away. Both of these airports require a connection through Denver (DEN) or Salt Lake City (SLC). Most customers prefer to rent a car so they can enjoy the area sight-seeing and other non-fishing activities.

Documents Required
Idaho, Montana, and Yellowstone Park fishing licenses are available at the fly shop, or by logging onto the following websites: 
Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game 
and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

Travel Arrangements and Assistance
Yellow Dog offers a full in-house travel and reservations system and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers and all travel logistics for Idaho. Contact Kimberly Frank at 888-777-5060 or kimberly [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com for more details on ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

Fishing Information
It’s a good bet that you won’t find a more knowledgeable, experienced group of fly fishing pros anywhere on the planet than the guides that work for Henry’s Fork Anglers. Mike Lawson started his career guiding for Jim Danksin in West Yellowstone. He became an outfitter and opened Henry’s Fork Anglers in 1976. Early on, Henry’s Fork Anglers built a reputation for the finest fly fishing guides in the business. The guide staff is anchored by Bob Lamm, Curt Barker, Mark (Smitty) Smith, Dom Traverso, and Tom Grimes – a solid group with a total of more than 200 years of experience. They are mentors for all other shop guides, and their leadership has set the highest standard of excellence in the industry. Henry’s Fork Anglers’ guides not only know the water and how, where and when to catch trout, but they also understand the needs and expectations of their customers. Some of the most storied rivers in American fly fishing are available to anglers fishing with Henry’s Fork Anglers. There is also fishing right out of your doorstep on Elk Creek Ranch’s private lake

CUBA

Location: Playa Larga / Las Salinas - Cuba
Dates: October 14 - 25, 2017 (11 nights / 10 days)
Cost Per Person: $6,995.00 Double Occupancy
Instructors: Bryan Gregson, Jim Klug

Yellow Dog Flyfishing Photo Workshop

School Itinerary and Daily Schedule:
October 14Arrive to Havana; Overnight in Havana accommodations
October 15 _ Half day Havana City Tour with Classic Cars; Afternoon photo class
October 16 – Morning in Old Havana for shooting; Afternoon transfer to Playa Larga Hotel
October 17 _ Fishing day 1 at either Las Salinas flats or the Rio Hatiguanico  (return back to hotel by 3 PM)
October 18Fishing day 2 (return back to hotel by 3 PM)
October 19Fishing day 3 (return back to hotel by 3 PM)
October 20 _ Fishing day 4 (return to hotel by 3 PM)
October 21 - Return to Havana visiting Don Yoyi’s handicraft taller on the way. Shooting along the way. Overnight in Havana accommodations
October 22Transfer to Vinales; Los Jazmines Hotel in Vinales for overnight
October 23 _ Tour Vinales (mural, cave, etc) Afternoon craft market and town. Dinner at the Gardens Restaurant at sunset – O/N at Los Jazmines Hotel
October 24 _ Early morning shooting in Vinales; return transfer to Havana; overnight in Havana
October 25 _ Departing flights

Photo Workshop Packages Includes:

  • All meals at lodge
  • In-country transfers
  • All transfers to and from lodge
  • Daily classes, seminars and photo instruction
  • Use of fishing equipment (if needed)
  • All taxes and service charges
  • Participant gift bag

Package Does Not Include:

  • Airfare to Havana
  • Gratuities for fishing guides and lodge staff
  • Single supplement upgrades (if desired)
  • Personal camera equipment
  • Additional fishing equipment (other than rods and reels)

Playa Larga Hotel Accommodations and Details
Participants in the photo school will stay at a private, anglers-only section of the Playa Larga Hotel in the town of Playa Larga with a private entrance. Guests stay in colorful bungalows with a front porch, interior sitting area, private bath with shower, two double beds, air conditioning, and hot water. There is a private beach area available to angling guests only a short walk from the bungalows.

Food and Beverages
There are a variety of dining options in Playa Larga. El Ranchon is a private bar and grill for the angling guests at Playa Larga Hotel only. Beers, spirits, sodas, water and juices will be available at any time to guests at this cantina. Guests can order from a diverse menu of meat, seafood, chicken or pork options, all expertly grilled and prepared at El Ranchon. In addition, an abbreviated menu will be available 24 hours a day to anglers. Upon request, transportation to a local paladar (private dining experience at a Cuban home and some of the best food in Cuba) such as Casa Alexis, Paladar Chuchy el Pescador or Paladar Las Terrazas for dinner. We highly recommend having at least one evening meal locally – the experience and the food are not to be missed.

Internet/Communications
Wi-Fi is available at the hotel, but can be unpredictable and may not maintain good connectivity. You can purchase internet cards from the hotel for about 2 CUC for one hour of connectivity. Keep in mind that U.S. cell phones currently DO NOT work anywhere in Cuba. Also, satellite phones are strictly prohibited in Cuba and will be confiscated at the airport upon arrival.

How To Get There (Arrival and Departure Details / Times)
One of the great benefits to this destination is its close proximity to the Havana, which means that anglers can easily transfer to the fishery with no need for long transfers in buses or in-country flights. Depending on your flight arrival times, it is possible to transfer to this destination upon arrival to Cuba, avoiding an overnight in Havana altogether. All packages begin with arrival at Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport (HAV), where you can fly in and arrive from just about any place in the world. There are numerous daily flights in and out of Havana from Mexico, Canada, the Bahamas, Jamaica and numerous other countries. There are also direct, third-party charter flights from more than ten major U.S. cities that currently fly directly to Havana. Upon arrival into Havana, you will clear immigration and customs before heading to the main reception area of the airport, where you will be met for your transfer directly to Playa Larga. Alternatively, we can book you a hotel room in Havana upon arrival so that you have some time to experience this fantastic city (Yellow Dog certainly recommends at least a night to enjoy Havana if you have not yet visited this lively city). We are happy to make arrangements for you before or after your fishing days.

Anglers typically fly into Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport (HAV) and can transfer directly to Playa Larga the same day if your arrival time into Havana is before 6 PM. The drive to Playa Larga takes about two and a half hours. Alternatively, you may stay in Havana and schedule an early morning transfer to Playa Larga and fish upon arrival. Yellow Dog can help with hotels, tours and full travel details associated with additional nights in Havana. For departures, if your departing flight times are noon or later, you can transfer directly from Playa Larga to Havana on your departure day.

Documents Required
A valid passport is required for all visitors to Cuba and must be valid for at least six (6) months beyond the duration of your stay. Citizens of the United States are also required to have visas with proof of authorization to travel under one of the 12 approved categories of travel. A Cuban entrance visa can be secured when checking in for your flight to Havana. The visa can be purchased for approximately USD $25.00 (payable in cash) when checking in for the flight.

Travel Arrangements and Assistance
Yellow Dog offers a full in-house travel and reservations system and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers and all travel logistics for Belize. Contact Kimberly Frank at 888-777-5060 or kimberly [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com for more details on ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

Fishing Information
The workshop includes some days of guided fishing with numerous fishing options available. One of the things that make this fishing area so unique is the large amount of skinny or shallow water. Much of the area simply cannot be accessed and fished using traditional flats skiffs with two anglers and a guide. To that end, we utilize both “single angler” skiffs – smaller, skinny-water boats designed for a solo angler and one guide in addition to Beavertail double skiffs. The skinny water single angler boats are typically used for shallow water to access the bonefish and permit fishing deep within the flats systems. Each morning, guests will transfer by vehicle about an hour to Las Salinas fishing area which is part of the Ciénaga de Zapata National Park. You will arrive at a covered staging area where you can rig your gear and, if you are fishing for multiple days, you can rinse and store your gear for subsequent fishing days. Once rigged, you step onto the private docks and board your skiff(s) for the day. Anglers can expect to fish for bonefish and permit, with possibilities for other marine species (tarpon, snook, jacks, barracuda, etc.) as well.

Wading boots are highly recommended for Las Salinas. It is also very important that anglers bring all of their own fishing equipment. Flies, leaders, tippet, all terminal tackle and all accessories should be brought down, as very few items, if any, are available anywhere in Cuba.

BELIZE

Location: El Pescador Lodge – Ambergris Caye, Belize
Dates: June 9 - 15, 2018 (6 nights / 5 days)
Cost Per Person (double occupancy): Call for Details
Instructors: Bryan Gregson, Jess McGlothlin

Yellow Dog Flyfishing Photo Workshop

Photo Workshop Packages Includes:

  • (6) nights of double occupancy lodging at El Pescador (single room upgrades available for an additional $600.00 per person)
  • (3) full days of guides fishing (two anglers per boat)
  • (2) full days of photo excursions including trips to Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Shark-Ray Alley, Caye Caulker and San Pedro)
  • All meals at lodge
  • In-country transfer flights from Belize City to Ambergris Caye
  • All transfers to and from lodge
  • Open bar tab (local beer, liquors and soda)
  • Daily classes, seminars and photo instruction for all five days
  • Use of fishing equipment (if needed)
  • All taxes and service charges
  • Participant gift bag

Package Does Not Include:

  • Airfare to Belize City
  • Gratuities for fishing guides and lodge staff
  • Single supplement upgrades (if desired)
  • Personal camera equipment
  • Additional fishing equipment (other than rods and reels)

School Itinerary and Daily Schedule:
June 9 – All participants arrive in Belize and transfer to El Pescador.  Evening one-hour intro class in main villa followed by welcome reception.
June 10 – Full day of guided fishing (two anglers per boat) followed by afternoon class / instruction block in main villa.
June 11 – Non-fishing day – Trip into town of San Pedro and other Ambergris area sites for field work and classes. Afternoon class / instruction block in main villa.
June 12 – Full day of guided fishing (two per boat) followed by afternoon class / instruction block in main villa.
June 13 – Full day of guided fishing (two per boat) followed by afternoon class / instruction block in main villa.
June 14– Full day catamaran trip and photo safari to Hol Chan, Shark-Ray Alley and Caye Caulker
June 15 – Departure day (morning) for all participants and flight back to U.S. / home city.

El Pescador Lodge Accommodations and Details
Participants in the photo school will stay in comfortable, spacious and air conditioned double-occupancy rooms in the 14-room, colonial-style main lodge. In November 2014, El Pescador completed a total renovation of the fourteen guest rooms and the final product is fantastic! Each fully air conditioned room has all new furniture with two queen beds and a small sitting area. Each private en-suite bathroom features a double granite vanity, a private toilet area, a walk-in shower, and a hardwood closet and drawers with a small refrigerator and coffeemaker. All rooms in the lodge are beachfront with great views of the Caribbean. For guests who would like more space or are interested in private accommodations, El Pescador offers a single supplement option for an additional $100.00 per night ($600.00 additional total for the school).

Food and Beverages
The restaurant and dining room at El Pescador specializes in fresh, local Caribbean cuisine with meals served on the outdoor deck or in the main dining room. Breakfasts are made to order, and lunch each day is ordered off of a menu and packed in a cooler for your day on the water. Each evening, everyone dines together in the main dining room, where guests enjoy an expansive dinner buffet. All local liquors, beer, soda and mixers are included in the cost of the school package.

Non-Angling Activities and Options
Activities include PADI-certified diving, naturalist excursions, snorkeling, tours of Mayan ruins, beach combing, trips to the town of San Pedro, bicycling, and more. Amenities at the lodge include three swimming pools, a large indoor/outdoor bar area, complimentary Wi-Fi, satellite TV, bicycles, sea kayaks, volleyball court, and an on-site dive master – one of the best in all of Belize! The lodge can also organize golf cart rentals for trips around the island or a run into town. There is a special non-school-participant rate that is available for those that wish to accompany school participants but not participate in the workshop. Please contact Yellow Dog for details.

Internet/Communications
Wi-Fi is available free of charge for guests. Please bring your own laptop or PDA to access the internet. Depending on your service plan, some cell phones will also work at the lodge and on Ambergris Caye.

How To Get There (Arrival and Departure Details / Times)
Belize is a very easy and affordable destination to access! Guests will arrive via an international flight to Belize City’s Philip Goldson International Aiport (airport code: BZE). Direct flights to Belize City are available from Miami, Dallas, Houston, Newark, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Charlotte. The major airlines that service Belize are American, Delta, Southwest, United, US Air, and Taca. On the arrival day of October 22, it is best to arrive into Belize City’s International Airport before 3:00 PM in order to make the necessary domestic connection to Ambergris. Your round-trip flights from Belize International Airport to Ambergris Caye aboard Tropic Air are included in your trip package. On your departure day on October 28, you can book a return international flight at any time, as flights from Ambergris back to the International Airport begin as early as 7:00 AM.

Documents Required
All U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport that does not expire within six (6) months of trip dates. Please be sure that your passport has at least two blank, unstamped pages remaining in back, and that it is not torn, delaminated, or damaged in any way. Citizens of the U.S., the British Commonwealth, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, and the European Community are NOT required to have Visas.

Travel Arrangements and Assistance
Yellow Dog offers a full in-house travel and reservations system and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers and all travel logistics for Belize. Contact Kimberly Frank at 888-777-5060 or kimberly [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com for more details on ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

Fishing Information
The workshop includes three full days of guided fishing, with numerous fishing options available. You can fish for bonefish along the many tidal flats and mangroves, or target permit on deep water flats the muddy flats of the inner lagoon. Perhaps the most popular fishing out of El Pescador, however, is the sight fishing for tarpon. Offering the largest “classic” tarpon flats in the world outside of South Florida, Ambergris is one of the few spots in the Caribbean where tarpon can be sight fished year-round. Resident schools of tarpon (20 to 60 pounds) roam the broad flats of the area 12 months a year, and larger fish are always possible as well. There are also snook in the mangroves, large jacks cruising the flats, snapper, barracuda and more. While the tarpon and permit fishing in this part of Belize is almost always done from the boat, there are some places where an angler can wade hard-bottomed flats while stalking schools of bonefish.

CURRICULUM
  • Creative composition for outdoor photographers
  • Effectively using circular polarizers and ND filters
  • Underwater photography: equipment and techniques
  • Night photography: stars and light painting
  • Proper fish handling techniques and shooting great “hero” shots
  • Packing and travel advice for outdoor photographers
  • Recommended “kit” and equipment lists for fishing photographers
  • Sunrise and sunset shooting techniques
  • Travel photography: Food, fishing, people, places and things
  • File handling: downloading, labeling, editing and organizing
  • Social media techniques for the independent outdoor photographer
  • Nighttime photo walks
  • Daily (evening) photo critique for all participants
INSTRUCTORS

Bryan Gregson PhotographyBryan Gregson
Bryan is one of the most recognized names in the world of fishing and outdoor travel photography. He’s an incredibly accomplished independent photographer specializing in creative visual imagery in both still photography and cinematography. He is the recipient of numerous awards and large-scale assignments, with work ranging from major magazine covers to billboards to groundbreaking cinematography shorts. On the commercial side, Bryan has worked with Patagonia, Volvo Cars, Scott Fly Rods, Hatch Outdoors, Trout Unlimited, Scientific Anglers and dozens of other brands, conservation groups and publications.

Jim Klug Outdoor PhotographyJim Klug
Founder and Director of Operations for Yellow Dog Flyfishing, L.L.C., Jim has traveled extensively throughout the world, visiting, fishing and photographing in more than 50 different countries. Jim is the primary copywriter and photographer for the Yellow Dog catalogs and website as well as the co-founder and executive producer for Confluence Films. Jim’s articles and photographs have appeared in dozens of different magazines and publications, including The Drake, The New York Times, Fly Fish Journal, Fly Fisherman Magazine, Outside Magazine, Fly Rod & Reel, USA Today, the L.A. Times, and many others. Jim’s first large-scale book project – Fly Fishing Belize – was published in 2014.

Jess McGlothlin PhotographyJess McGlothlin
The founder and owner of Jess McGlothlin Media, Jess has spent years traveling and exploring the world. While her photography primarily focuses on fishing and the outdoors, she has also worked on projects with the U.S. military and several disaster response groups for national and international publications. She has done with The New York Times, Patagonia, YETI, Outside Magazine, Orvis, and Costa Del Mar, and dozens of other publications and companies, and she’s frequently published in the U.S. and abroad. Her work has also appeared in several gallery shows, including recent stints in Israel and Germany. Jess recently left a role as outdoor copywriter at Orvis for a return back home to Montana, accepting a position with Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures as social media director.

Ready to brush up on your photography skills?
Call us at 800-777-5060 or send us an email to info [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com to help with your next photo adventure.

TESTIMONIALS

“My photography has improved as a result and I have had fun putting all that I learned to work. I don’t think my camera has been out of ‘manual’ mode since the trip. I can sight numerous times since the workshop that I have been getting ready to take a picture and remember something that you guys taught me. I feel so much more confident when selecting depth of field, balancing that with the shutter speed, and adjusting ISO to get what I want. Thank you again!”
– Tony S.,Texas

“The workshop was so amazing that it’s hard to come up with anything that you could do better.”
– Andy T., New York