Just when you think you’ve seen everything, along comes a new gadget

Photo courtesy of the Wild Fish Conservation

One of my last blog posts dealt with the entrepreneurial spirit and gadgets. I am always eager to mess with new stuff, and this gadget really got my attention.  It’s pretty cool.

I was preparing for a trip one day, milling bout the shop awaiting clients, when I look up to see Mark Sassi carrying this clear plastic contraption around.  I quickly asked him what is was and he said, “It’s a Photarium”.  “Is it for what I think it’s for”, I asked.  “Yep”, he replied.

We jumped into conversation about how to carry it, care for it, and ultimately use it.  He made a makeshift carry bag by emptying someone’s’ duffle sack left in the wader room, wrapped a light cloth shirt around it belonging to the same person, and shoved it into the sack.  Perfect. I had a 3 person trip about to show up as I hustled out to my truck to load the thing.

The Photarium is exactly that.  An aquarium that holds fish for photography purposes.  I’ve used it on a couple trips, and have come to see some advantages and disadvantages.  I’ll list the disadvantages first:

  • It doesn’t come with a carry case so you have to use someone else’ stuff
  • It’s a bit cumbersome to carry
  • It comes in different sizes, but the most easy to carry is too small for bigger Eagle River fish.


Now for the positives:

  • Great for kids
  • Doesn’t harm fish at all, seems to calm them
  • “No touch” fish handling
  • Great conversation starter
  • Cool for folks that don’t want to handle fish

If you want more info on the Photarium, feel free to contact Minturn Anglers.  I’ll keep my eye out for more gadgets, and if you find a gadget you’d like me to review, give me a shout.

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Duane Redford

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