Tuesday, September 22, 2015
In my last few trips to the trout streams in South Carolina I have proven this concept yet again. Color and presentation mater but when you find the right combination to the streams entomology then you are in for a day of great fishing. Even comically large stones on small creeks can yield surprising results.
On my last trip I lost three black stones in a size #10 to deep fishing at the base of a large waterfall. Two were lost to a submerged log and one to a large trout that took it running. I tied on a leggy molted brown stone with no results so I tied on the only other black Stonefly I had in the box. It was a stone I bought in Montana, the land of giants, in a size I was sure would scare small children and trout alike.
The end result was trout after trout coming to the net with a big fatty cigar of a Stonefly hooked into the corner of their small mouths. I have thus come to the conclusion that as stoneflies are concerned, size matters little. Get the color right and you are set.
Graphite on paper
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
I wanted to keep the salmon basic on this piece as it would have been on any hand done sign painted on the side of a building. The varied colors of brick made for an interesting look and I am eager to get started on the next painting in this style.
'Brick and Mortar Salmon'
18 in. X 12 in.
Watercolor On Paper
Friday, July 31, 2015
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Not a normal painting for me but I thoughts I'd branch out and try something a little new.
Saltwater reef fish are beautiful creatures and are often the subjects of artists as well as interesting species in any home or office aquarium. I was lucky enough to make it down to Mexico last month and do a little snorkeling along one of the many reef structures and was blown away by their beauty which is probably why I chose to paint one.
This particular species is one of the many types of angel fish that roam the reef. For the fresh water anglers out there you might find a striking resemblance to our own bluegills and sunfish.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
NEW Shirt Designs now available at my shirt shop. Choose the color and the size and have yours shipped out to you today. How dedicated are you?
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Monday, June 29, 2015
I was told by John that his father absolutely loved the surprise and just couldn't stop staring at it after he received it. His smile was permanently set for a long time after the unveiling and it makes me just as happy to contribute to the joy he felt.
For this piece we added to the framing of the painting the actual fly he used to hook the trout that day which only adds to the special nature of this memory.
Monday, June 22, 2015
Anyhow - www.hexfishing.com - my art website has finally been updated to include some of the newer paintings I have done as well as some not previously up for sale. Some of these have made it to this blog and some quite simply have slipped through the cracks. Whether you plan on buying or just like to view paintings of trout, I hope you click on over and see my works Below are just a sampling of some of the paintings now available at unbelievably cheap prices for ORIGINAL artwork. I have also been asked 'why are they so cheap?' and the answer is simple - I enjoy painting them and frankly I cant have hundreds of my paintings just hanging around on shelves in my studio. I would much rather put them in the hands of fellow anglers that can appreciate them.
Check it out and share it with your friends.
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Yes, none of this has to do with fish but its what I have been up to so I thought I would share it with you.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
I have been experimenting with dots lately and got inspired to do a little bit of dot sketching outside my usual fish subjects. A recent client of mine asked if I have done any birds in watercolor and I immediately thought back to the Pheasant and the California Quail I did a few years ago. Of course I have also done various song birds and even a few mallard ducks (which currently hang in my hallway) but they are still a bit different than my favorite subject - the trout.
That being said, birds offer another layer to my art that a trout just can't. They also contribute to the scope of what I consider myself to be - a sporting / outdoor / nature artist.
Both these illustrations are for sale, just shoot me an email.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
With any luck this will be a precursor to my return to posting. Hopefully I can also get a better photo of the finished piece soon.
Watercolor On Paper
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
How diverse is your Caddis pattern box? Does it just have a few elk hairs or is it stacked with a wide range of flies of all colors and material? Well if it doesn't have a wide range of different patterns and sizes of these abundant flies then you could be missing out on even more fish.
The truth is that Caddis flies populate the earth with more than 12,000 known species providing an abundant food resource for trout and other smaller fish. The adult form of this varied species resembles more of a moth but has fine hairs that coat their wings instead of the scales. Like moths, not all caddis flies are made the same. They range in size, shape, and color and for trout fishing it matters.
A few years ago I met fished with a buddy that had come down to fish trout in the hidden streams of the southeast. We stumbled across this beautiful,yet small, bend in the river with rises all through the edge of a deep pool. We took turns casting into the bend with a dry elkhair caddis, both the same size and shape but mine was just a slightly darker clay color than his. The difference was almost undetectable but to the fish it made all the difference. One after another I hooked up while he struggled to get a second look. Our casts were identical, his presentation flawless, but it was color that made the difference.
This winter I spent a good amount of time organizing and restocking a dedicated Caddis box with as many examples of caddis patterns as I could tie. Deer hair in various colors, caribou hair (a favorite natural looking sedge wing material), and a few colors of elk hair all are important in a diverse caddis box.