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Striper Moon's the website of author, artist, flyfisherman, guide, and lecturer Ken Abrames. Ken's original thinking is rooted in classic design and technique. His vision is expansive and richly detailed, making our world just a little more like home.

Baitfish Gallery

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Alewife | Amphipod | Bay Anchovy | Silver Anchovy | Black Sea Bass | Blood Worm
Young Bluefish | Capelin | Soft-shelled Clam | Clam Worm | Blue Crab
Black-fingered Mud Crab | Fiddler Crab | Green Crab | Hermit Crab | Jonah Crab
Japanese Shore Crab | Lady Crab | Wharf Crab | Bluespotted Cornetfish
American Eel | Windowpane Flounder | Winter Flounder | Juvenile Herring
Baltic Isopod | Greedy Isopod | Clam Worm Hatch/Lion's Mane Jellyfish
Rainwater Killifish | Striped Killifish | Northern Kingfish | Sand Lance | Lobster
Atlantic Mackeral | Chub Mackeral | Menhaden | Mullet | Striped Mullet
European Opossum Shrimp/Mysids | White Perch | Pipefish | Pompano | Puffer
Shorthorn Sculpin | Scup | Sea Horse | Sea Robin | Northern Sennet
Sheepshead Minnow | Shrimp | Sand Shrimp | Shore Shrimp | Skeleton Shrimp
Silverside | Squid | Stickleback | Atlantic Tomcod

©Mark & Carol Archambault. The images in this gallery are used with the permission of Mark and Carol Archambault. All rights reserved. No portion whatsoever may be reproduced without express written permission from Mark Archambault and Carol Archambault.

Twenty years ago I captured nine small bluegills in a net and brought them home. It was winter and I had cabin fever. I put them in an aquarium in my cellar and took care of them. I had a very deep cellar and it was a dark place with some ambient light from a few small windows. The bluegills were tiny, about the size of quarters, but were very pretty. They were silver and blue with vertical barring. They were like jewels.

One day I went down into my cellar and did not turn on the light. I glanced at my fish tank and saw fish that I had never seen before. The light in the cellar was natural and very subdued, and the fish in the tank did not look at all as I had always seen them when I had an electric light on. I moved the tank into the center of the room, and everything I had believed about how baitfish look underwater was transformed in an instant. I moved around the tank to see them from different angles and was transfixed by what I saw. There was a copper sunfish, a chartreuse one; one was almost transparent with his spine and gut standing out in sharp contrast as opaque black. As they turned and swam in the tank they would change hue and shift in appearance depending on their angle to me. I turned on the light and they became the jewels I had always seen in my tank, little sunfish silver and blue and very shiny.

I have been giving lectures off and on for many years and have been telling other fishermen about what I had seen, without much more response than a polite nod and smile. This past year I went on the road with pictures, a slide show showing underwater baitfish in natural light and shared what I have seen with several thousand fly fishermen with pictures, not words. It has been a revelation to many. The old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words is true.