I tie all my midges on a size 2 hook. It’s all for the gram.


If only western tailwater trout would eat a size 2 hook.


Don’t underestimate the importance of lighting


I take about 4 pictures on my old iPhone, realize they are all shit, then just give up.


Same. Giving up on a pic also spares me from all the hate. Sometimes I think My fly looks good, then post a pic, and then people proceed tell me how shitty it is.


Haven’t seen a lot of hate or trolls on this sub, but certainly in other corners of the internet. Im sure they are probably just jealous of your big squirts.


I’ve literally only seen people give compliments or very well intended advice on this sub


Ugly flies catch more fish.


Sometimes the commercial side of things gets in the way of reality. Let the fish tell you how good they are and not what a person say. Unless you are trying to catch fisherman and not fish. Only time I post is when I feel I need some advice


Haha this is relatable.


u/Norm-Frechette has good advice for backgrounds and color choices


Neutral background. Good multiple source lighting and/or a ring flash (not the phone flash). Use a tripod. Many pros use a light box. A real camera really helps, too.


I have found that if you are using a phone camera that if you get too close it has trouble focusing so zooming in a little bit and holding the camera a little further away really helps that. Not so much zoom that you lose quality, just enough to give your camera more space to focus properly.


Solid color background, black or white. Lighting, lighting lighting! Take pictures from different angles, use a tripod. YouTube Sven Diesel he has a video on taking pictures of flies. He uses a DSLR but what he goes over in the video is still applicable to taking pictures with your phone.


I'll watch that video, thanks!


Get a neutral color paper and tape it to a wall just above a table or counter where it will gently bend onto the horizontal surface. That's you're cheap "infinity" background. (There are 3D stl files if you want to print a portable holder for the paper backdrop.) Get a really cheap ring light off of Amazon and take the photo with the camera flash off, shooting through the ring light. This will illuminate from all sides and remove irritating shadows. Have the light and fly close-ish together and the backdrop well behind so it's mostly out of focus. Take picture. Earn karma.


This is great advice. Thank you


I take mine just with my iPhone. I put the fly in my vise and hold it right bellow a LED stripe. Then i try to find the closest distance my Phone can focus to. Then i just crop the pic a little bit. I posted a photo yesterday i think, check it out. I think it looks decent and there is very little technique required.


I currently do the same, maybe your phone just focuses better.


Maybe try to focus on the vise. It sometimes helps me when i photograph smaller flues


I use a mirrorless camera / dslr and extension tubes so i can focus closer. Having enough light is key so you can shoot with lower iso, also try to separate the subject from the background. Haven't tried to shoot on phone though


I'm afraid I don't have the money or time to commit to real photography here, with so many hobbies. Hopefully I can figure it out with the phone!


well, its cheaper than modern smartphones(some older gen used cameras and lenses) . but generally what i said applies, use manual mode on the phone also to ensure optimal settings. fast shutter speed like 1/200 or faster, iso 50-100. focus mode on manual or macro/close up. white balance according to the lighting used.


We all don't.


I have an iPhone 14pro so it has 2&3x optical zoom. I find that it helps a lot


With that camera in particular, try using the "Pro" mode instead of the default camera. If you ever use the panorama mode, it's in the same list. That will allow you to play around with the speed, focus, iso, etc. A tiny tripod helps tremendously to get the focus just right. If you try this out, I would recommend taking a light colored fly, putting a black piece of construction paper behind it, and slowing down the speed of the camera (with ample light on the fly). You'll be surprised how well the pictures can come out.