Monday, October 31, 2011
This isn't the first time Alan's flies have graced the Year On The Fly. Some of you might remember The Proudre Canyon Special. For that fly Alan and I got together to send the Midgeman a special piece. I must admit that I was a bit jealous of the midgeman but now he can envy me.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Anyway, I painted this with the Idaho trip I did this past summer on my mind. I love cutthroat trout and have painted them before but each new painting is separate animal, not unlike the fish themselves.
For those wondering if this item will be for sale, the answer is no. I did this work at the request of my father who asked for an original for a charity auction he is working with (For those in the northwest Washington area, you might be able to get in on this). I will be however making a few prints available for purchase soon. Feel free to Email Me if this is a work you would like to have as an 8x10 print.
6" x 8" Watercolor On
100% Cotton, Acid Free Hot Pressed Paper
Soo Brew Company for one brew and ended up with a good dose of Soo brew. Imagine bellying up to a bar in 1890 on the American frontier and ordering a beer and getting slid down to you a handed crafted brew that surpasses a lot of micro brews on the market. If you can imagine that you need to visit Sault St. Marie Michigan where the the locals are known are yoopers and all others are known as trolls.
I started the afternoon with the highly recommended Braveheart Stout (named after the owners dog) for a rich yet smoothly thick brew and then next the Maggie's Red (a brew named after the ownrers daughter).
I also spent a bit of time with the owners un-official taste tester and the guy that crafted all the hearty tables in the bar (as well as local craftsman) and got a good look at the soul of the soo. Analysis, the Soo is about people that do and not people that rely on others to do for them. Long story sort, If you are in the Soo and looking for a great place to kick back and drink some good brews, head to the SOO Brewing Company for the best brews around!!
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Josh from bigerrfish.blogspot.com . I loved the simple colors and the lines of this fish half out of the water. The smooth arch of the back and angle of Josh's hand dipped into the water made for a typical yet simply artful composition for me to work with. I also loved the colors in the water as they ran around and reflected the sky, the grassy bank, and the fish. I did not go into this painting with the idea of exactly duplicating the photo but instead simply use it as a springboard for the final piece.
"Red Arch Of Trout"
11x14 in. Oil On Canvas
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
I also got up early and took the fly rod down to the beach instead of the grass flats of the bay. In 2 hours of fast and furious fishing I believe my father-inlaw and I hooked into over 40 ladyfish, jacks, and pompeno. The ladyfish you see in the picture fought hard and jumped about a dozen times before I landed her. Beautifully strong fish that can leap 3-5 feet in the air and shake their head with such force, you had better be hooked in good or else all you'll get is a glimpse of that fine lady.
Oh, did I mention that the only fly rod I brought on this trip was a 6 weight! That right, a 6w! A Freekin Blast!
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
After a rather late night playing cards and enjoying a 'few' beverages I felt that nothing would make me feel like my old self like wading on the flats. Let me tell you that if you can find the energy to pry yourself out of bed after 4 hrs of sleep and hook into a big redfish that tests you line for a good 5-10 minutes, any illness you might be dealing with will instantly be cured.
Again I say that I now know why so many anglers swear by saltwater fishing. My first redfish and I can't wait to hook into another. I also landed 4 other spotted sea trout and hooked into 3 more energetic fishing that broke loose before I could get a hand on them. I'll spare you those pics but they were once again some sweet looking fish.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Another day of fly fishing the grass beds for trout. I am beginning to see why so many anglers love the salt. These fish are big mean and a blast to hook into. I was hoping for a redfish, big drum, or sheephead but if all I catch for the next few days is trout I won't be disappointed.
Monday, October 10, 2011
I only had about 45 min but it was enough and man what a rush. I also learned a few things:
1 - always tie up enough fly patterns for your trip.
2 - don't forget your fly patterns at home on the coffee table... Seriously $4.90 for a simple hair streamers at the local shop. I could have tied 20 patterns like that at home for that price..
3 - don't Ever....and ever! Grab a sea trout by the lip or try to unhook him with your fingers. I quickly learned to avoid those massive fangs the hard way! What a fighter.
These were my first sea trout ever and I can't wait to go back for more. Now off to the beach for a bit of family memories to go with these fishing memories. Good times!
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
All the inspiration for these flies come from the http://www.barbosconmosca.com/ blog.