Friday, December 28, 2012
Fall River Flyrods and the Outdoor Blogger Network for providing the opportunity to not only fish with a one of kind masterpiece but for this LUCKY angler to actually own it.
Last year I fished this same rod on a few stretches of Chattooga river system but with the high reaching over 100 degrees it was a tough time. For you that follow this humble anglers blog, look forward to a year of posts involving this fly rod because I plan on fishing it a lot. My only hope is that I don't break it on the first trip out. That would kill me.
Please take the time to visit this great rod manufacturing team at Fall River Flyrods and see all they have going on. It you are looking for QUALITY, and we all are, then check them out.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Just a quick moble post to announce that I am the winner of the Fall River Fly rod contest! Are you kidding me!!!! Outdoorbloggernetwork.com sponsored this fantastic traveling piece of bamboo around the country and somehow I ended up as the winner! I'm actually to excited to think clearly right now so another post will be required to add the details but right now I'm just bragging. Merry Freekin Christmas to me! Thankyou , thankyou, thankyou!
Saturday, December 22, 2012
A few of you out there might have noticed that I skipped the Fly Friday post yesterday. Truth is I completely forgot about it. With the Christmas holiday right around the corner I have busy working on projects and gifts for family and friends. For example, this wood sign above was created for a friend that is a retired Submariner. (don't worry - he gets the suprise tonight and wont see this till then.) For this post its about a fishy as it gets because the other sign I created was for a big car guy with an obsession for the Cadillac.
Speaking about Tattoos I thought I would give you an update on the Tatt I helped create for a fellow angler up in the North East. A while ago I did a post on a the life cycle of the mayfly.
Unfortunately her response was less than excited about it. I simply told her that you need to be fly fisherman to understand it. Its ok because she also doesn't understand why I get up at 4am to go fishing in a driving rain or go hiking 8 miles just to chase small trout in the mountains during a chance snow storm. Its an obsession and to steal a phrase from the Jeep owners out there: "Its a Fly fishing thing - You wouldn't understand."
Swamp Yankee site.
I am not sure when the next post will be coming, mostly due to a massive amount of work that has been added to my load, so I wanted to wish all of you a very merry Christmas. I hope your year has been a blessed one and you get to spend some quality time with the family to celebrate the birth of our Lord. Have a Great Holiday!
Monday, December 17, 2012
|"Patrol" 8x10 Watercolor Charcoal Pencil Sketch - $45|
If you would like to purchase any of these works just shoot me and email and I'll send out a paypal invoice for you. As always -Paypal invoices can be payed via a paypal account or any major credit card.
|"Horse & Cowboy" 8x6 Watercolor Charcoal Pencil - $14|
|"Bamboo" 4x5 in Watercolor - $20|
|"Fujiaka Kabari" Tenkara Fly 4x5 Watercolor - $10|
|"Sakasa Guj Kebari" Tenkara Fly 4x5 Watercolor -$10|
|"Purple & Orange" Tenkara Fly 4x5 Watercolor - $9|
|"Ginger Quill" 8x6 Watercolor -$10|
|"Beaded Nymph" 4x5 Watercolor - $10|
|"Feather & Three Flies" 8x10 Watercolor - $14|
|"Poor Sally" 5x7 Scratched Black Clayboard - $8|
After a few days I will be re-posting this sale on a separate page but after the 1st of January this deal will end. Prices do not include a S&H charge of $5.65 which will be included on the final invoice. Some of the paintings will come in their own mat while a few are just naked art. Thanks for your support over the past year and may the coming Christmas holiday bring you and yours peace and joy.
Page Updated 12/22/2012
Friday, December 14, 2012
Never one to waste an opportunity I thought it might be a good way to present the life cycle of an insect so important to us fly anglers.
Starting life as a nymph, the mayfly can live under water for as little as a few weeks on up to a year or more depending on the species. Some species (BWO for example) are apt to swim during this stage, while others such as the PMD or the the nymph illustrated to the right, are clingers or crawlers, and a few others - the Hex being the prime example - are burrowers. Regardless of this, the one thing they all have in common is that during this stage they all form a hard exoskeleton that protects them from the harsh underwater environment. What it doesn't protect them from is the hungry trout that readily feed on them.
As a full grown adult the Mayfly's life is a relatively short lived experience. It is fare to say that the life blood of the Mayfly is the water system in which it has grown up and they tend to stay fairly near that source. It is during this stage that they need to find a mate as quickly as possible before they die. Some species such as the Hexagenia - or Hex - fly of the Midwest often does not live longer than a single night while others can linger on for a week or so. Simple put, these flies live out their short lives like a Monty Brewster (Classic 80's movie reference there!). They have only a short time to spend all they got or they will have nothing.
So for this Fly Friday take the time to appreciate the lowly mayfly who provides us with an endless supply of inspiration for fantastic fly patterns to catch trout.
Have a GREAT WEEKEND!
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
It seems that those little buggers that have infected nearly everyone I know over the previous weeks have finally caught up with me. A massive head cold is never fun and I have spent the last two days with a head full of gunk but as I try to look on the bright side, it has allowed me more time to spend with the family instead of being on the road for work.
It also has allowed me to complete some online testing for my job that I have been putting off. Unfortunately, as I sit down in quiet studio to work I find myself doodling and reading the fly fishing news from around the interweb instead doing of what I should be doing. I believe that the quote is: "Never do today what you can put off till tomorrow". Its not a lesson I encourage anyone to live by but occasionally I find myself doing just that.
Christmas came early for me and I wasn't going to wait to open it. Thanks once again to the OBN, I was the privileged enough to be picked to test out a new product. The boys over at Jetflow Hydration Systems sent me this sweet looking pack to try out. This Tomahawk pack is unique because of the no-bladder system which eliminated the tedious cleaning of a that enclosed bladder. Instead it uses everyday bottles one can get in any store. For a guy like me that loves to trek into the farthest reaches of trout streams - this pack is fantastic. Load up with a single bottle of water - add a few purification tablets in the pocket to refill the bottle on the stream - stuff my spare fly box in the perfectly sized pouch, and hit the trail.
Now if I can only shake this cold so I can test it out!
Friday, December 7, 2012
I love the dry fly as much as the next guy but sometimes I need the drug of the tug and the winter is the perfect time for that. So for this Fly Friday I give You some un-solicited advice: Forget the dry fly and go swing some streamers.
As far as the art goes - I know I have been phoning it in a lot lately with the inked sketches but the list of things to do before the holidays just doesn't seem to get any smaller and time is at a premium. The paint will just have to wait for a bit.
But if you would like the Original of this 6x6.5in ink and colored pencil sketch it can be yours for the low price of $20 - Its on high quality Bristol Acid free paper with archival inks so it will last a Very Long time. Honestly I am running out of room to store all the art I have created for this blog.
One more thing - I only have a few sets of these Holiday Cards remaining and time is running out before the holiday so quit procrastinating and Email me to get yours today.
Sunday, December 2, 2012
The Greenback -in case you don't already know - was once considered an extinct species until a few surviving groups of these fish were found in small secluded streams in the Rocky Mountain National Park. Through careful re-introduction and the lengthy efforts of a few dedicated fly fishing groups like Trout Unlimited and the Greenbacks, this native fish has rebounded from the brink to become a poster child for native trout population conservation. In 1994 the Greenback Trout became the official fish of the state of Colorado and solidified its status in American Fly Fishing lore.
I took a very different approach than I usually do when painting this particular fish. Normally I have a fairly controlled style of brush stroke; clean lines and smooth blending. But for this I had a bit of the Blue Moon rising in me and I went a bit crazy - tossing paint around and whipping the colors together until the desk and my shirt where also covered with a splattering of the bright pigments. I must say that I liked the finish effect and although I have used a similar style of painting on other works - I find myself wondering why I don't let the paint flow freely more often. I suspect the beer helps...
The Greenback Trout
- Watercolor and Gouache on Paper
- Size - @ 9in x 6in.
- Status - Available
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