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Tom Langston

Best Shutter Speed for Fly Fishing?

What shutter speed would you use to "freeze" the fly line overhead when photographing a fly fisherman?

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7/20/2007 10:16:24 PM

Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  At least 1/250 second or faster.

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7/21/2007 1:36:25 AM

William Schuette
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/8/2006
  It may also depend on the point of the cast you are trying catch. At the very end, when the fly is fluttering down 1/250 second or even less should be fine. But when the fly is turning over in either a forward or backward loop at the end of the front or back cast, you may need 1/1000s or more.

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7/21/2007 1:49:39 PM

Michael A. Bielat
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/23/2007
  It all depends on what available light you have and how fast your lens is... Use the fastest shutter speed you can and the motion will keep getting sharper and sharper. There will be a fine line because you will essentially want some "motion" to the image, and if you go too high of a shutter speed, then everything will look like a statue. Does your camera have a burst mode or a decent sized shot buffer so you can take multiple shots per second? If so, then use it!

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7/22/2007 7:47:45 PM

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