One of the hardest things this time of year is keeping your camera dry while out on the lake or river. Below you will find a few ways we keep our camera dry and never miss a shot.
For point and shoot we like a small hard case to protect the camera from dropping it and keep it dry. Remember – when you open the case, close it immediately after taking the camera out.
For DSLR cameras we like two different styles. 1) The hip pack from Sagebrush Dry Goods. This pack is one of the few truly waterproof packs around. The top zipper is the same as you would find on a drysuit and the inside has foam to protect your camera. As you can see in the picture below, these packs can take a beating and keep your camera dry. Personally, we have seen this pack in the action from the North Umpqua and North Santiam here in Oregon to the Kanektok in Alaska. This pack has by far the easiest access out of any other waterproof camera pack or case – which is the key to accessing your camera in the rain. 2) Pelican case or similar case of that style. This is best for distance travel and boating. The foam inside is cut to fit the camera and the locking lid makes this case bomb-proof and the best way to protect your camera from everything!
Keys to a dry camera and case:
1) keep it closed – an open case is a wet case.
2) don’t carry your camera in your waders – you never know when you will take a digger.
3) minimize accessing your camera. wait until the fish is hooked up or landed. this will prevent your camera from hanging in the elements doing nothing.
4) desiccant – those little packets with clear balls in them that come in beef jerky and with new shoes. you can put a few packets in your camera case to absorb moisture that will get into your pack just from opening it and closing it.
5) dry it all out! at the end of the day make sure you open your pack or case up and let it air out completely – do not leave your camera in there.
6) keep a dry cotton towel in a plastic bag or another dry place so you can dry your hands off before handling your camera.