Sunday, November 27, 2011
After a bit of research through this thing we call the world wide web, and numerous drawings, I decided to finally put my anxiety aside and try my hand at painting one in watercolor.
Hope you enjoy the painting and the links.
Friday, November 25, 2011
Three Shot Buck
To tell the truth, I am not that much of a hunter. My real passion is stalking trout in the upper reaches of small creeks and deep pools with my fly rod. However, when the season opens in the upstate of South Carolina, I can't help but get that pull in the pit of my stomach to grab a gun and go hunt some larger game.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
First off- Happy Turkey Day. May your weekend be filled with fun, family, football, and if your lucky, a little bit of fishing. Yesterday I came home from a trip to find a new mug waiting for me. That's right, my recent Paiute Trout on a mug. So this morning I'll be enjoying some hazelnut brew while watching the balloons with the kidos...... Yippy
Also - Go Pack!
Monday, November 21, 2011
avid Tenkara enthusiast who frequents the small streams these extremely colorful trout inhabit. I decided to go with a few less spot on this trout than what would normally be present on older Greenback Cut Trout however it is not completely unheard of to see a greenback with just the fin and tail fully spotted.
This species of trout is also a listed threatened species that was recently named as the official trout of Colorado. It was only back in the 1930's that this trout was thought to be completely wiped out. For nearly thirty years scientists had no idea that far up in the Rocky Mountain NP on a few secluded streams, a few isolated groups of this trout still lived on in relative safety. Once these small pockets of Greenback Cutthroats were discovered, the scientist and trout anglers went to work restoring the greenback to a healthy population.
Known for it brilliant spawning color and the tell tale red cut of the jaw, these special trout are yet another species that need are protection. I will also be adding this print for sale soon.
9 x 4 in. watercolor on paper
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Friday, November 18, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
"The Apache Trout"
Watercolor On Paper
Prints available soon.
On with other news - You might notice that I have added a Tenkara Techniques page to my site. A while ago I did a few posts about the four techniques I use quite a bit while Tenkara fishing and with the response I received from these emails I have decided to post a page with the posts and illustrations included. I hope they come in handy for any novice Tenkara fishers out there.
?Question of the day?
Have you ever just started throwing feathers, hair, and thread on a hook without a clue how it was going to end up? Well this is what happens when I do. I am hoping to get some time soon to try it out and see how badly it fishes.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Like its distant cousin the Brook Trout, the Bull sports the signature white leading edges of its fins but lack the brilliant colors usually associated with the Brookie.
Over the years, the Bull trout has been a species living in limbo. Once classified as a Dolly Varden - the Bull was re-designated in the 1980's as a separate species. Unfortunately, the sharing of environmental ranges with the Dolly, their similar colors, and general lack of knowledge about this species has led to decades of confusion. Adding to this confusion is another completely separate species of European Sea Trout also called a Bull trout.
"The Bull Trout"
Watercolor On Paper
Prints available soon.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
This is the first time I have ever looked into the history of the Gila and after a brief Google search I was able to see just how much color this trout sports. It truly is a beautiful fish and a worthy species to protect.
This New Mexico and Arizona native once had a range through most of the Gila river and its tributaries but in the late 60's their range had shrunk to a mere 20 miles. Today they now enjoy a healthier habitat in over a dozen protected streams near and including the native Gila River.
Watercolor On Paper
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
No that is not a joke. That is exactly what a group of completely delusional, so called 'enviromentalists' are advocating in California and they have the lawyers to fight it. Right now it seems that they are winning the battle.
I picked up a copy of The Wall Street Journal yesterday (that's right, the Wall Street Journal - I still believe in capitalism.) and on the front page is a story about the threatened Paiute Cutthroat Trout and these 'nuts that are fighting their reintroduction in favor of a very common bug.
For me these idiots are proof that common sense is the real endangered species in this ever shrinking world of ours. Seriously!!! If you want more information on the Paiute Trout effort check out the Monday Nov 17 WSJ article or the local California TU chapter. I also encourage my fellow bloggers to do a post to spread the word and stop these bug nuts from doing more harm than good.
I painted this Paiute Trout yesterday with this article in mind. Never did I think an article in the WSJ would lead to a trout painting but there you go.
Thinking about it now, I might come to regret this decision when she hits her teens.
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Brk Trt over at smallstreamReflections. It isn't as good as the real thing but it help me pass the morning before the leaves dried out enough to get them off the yard.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
I am hoping to someday make the journey down to the southern hemisphere to hunt this colors species of bass in its native habitat but I suspect that the closes I will ever come to this fish will be a possible trip to Florida to hook into a few that have been planted there to kill off another non-native fish that has had a devastating effect of the backwaters and lakes. I'm not a big supporter of introducing new species to established waters but in this case I hesitantly believe it is justified and am somewhat thankful.
Anyway, this watercolor was painted on 100% cotton acid free paper that has been hot pressed to a smoother finish. It measures 8.5in x 6.5in. If you would like to own this piece please feel free to EMAIL me and I'll shoot you the details and how you can purchase it. And as with all my original watercolors, they come with a pre-cut mat and backing board ready to be framed. All you need to get is a frame and a nail to hang it from. In a day or so I will be placing this work up on my Buy A Print Page where you can also purchase a beautiful 8x10 mated print of this or other works.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
After a bit over two weeks I slowed the fermentation by lowing the temperature and putting the remaining yeast into a sort of hibernation. When the sediments settled out I racked off the good mead and added a bit more honey and a yeast killer to make sure the fermentation process did not start again.