Sunday, March 31, 2013
Finally I got a chance to wet a line and as an added bonus I got to take my kids out to reel in a few sunfish. After all the Saturday chores were done and the water was warmed, I packed up the car loaded the kids and picked up me brother in-law for a few hours on a hidden pond.
Abel Reel and took only a few seconds to bring the fighting fish into his hands.
Of course after seeing her brother spool in a sunfish my little girl need her shot. After unhooking the fish and tossing it back I tossed out the bugger and immediately hooked into another fish. My daughter couldn't get it reeled in fast enough. Happily she told me to the beautiful fish needed its picture taken just like her brothers.
Posted by Unknown at 10:26 PM
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Its just a random fly I sketched out a the other day that I then digitally messed with a bit. Its the type of quick fly sketch that got this whole blog thing going. Its a fly that gets me thinking about the monster bass that could hit it if I could just get out and fish it. Its the quick type of painting that keeps my mind thinking in that artistic mode of thinking. Its the type of fly that makes me wish this colder weather would finally give way to full on spring..... Man I need to go fishing!!!!
Posted by Unknown at 1:28 PM
Monday, March 25, 2013
Just from personal observations I can tell you that the spring song birds of the south are starting their migration back north and with their slow flight to their summer homes they bring with them their songs. The yellow song bird above (poorly photographed with a cell-phone) is my response to the sweet chirping sounds of spring. May all you up north soon hear it as well.
On another topic, some of you might remember my painting of a pumkinseed blugill a few weeks back. Well after I posted this particular painting on net I had a flood of emails with requests to purchase it. I'll save you the details except to say that this painting is obviously no longer available. Why I bring it up is to show you what it looks like in the custom cut mat. I have had this done on a few other original paintings and love the finished look with a cutout to place a favorite fly. The pictures don't do it justice but let me tell you that once I had it in the mat and brought it home I was tempted to send out a refund and keep the painting for myself. Sometimes I feel this way and it may sound corny but often I get attached to works I have created. I am told that this painting will end up as a gift from a son to his father- a dedicated angler- and I cant think of a better home for it.
Posted by Unknown at 5:37 PM
Friday, March 22, 2013
Mayfly On Ink
What do I do with a few free hours in the morning and not enough time to go fishing or break out the paints? I ink up an original Mayfly dry fly. I didn't set out to ink this great looking fly smack dab in the middle of a ink spot but it quickly evolved into this great contrast of black and white.
So why sketch this? Why not? I was bored, I already read the paper (which was depressing), and I needed another topic to post about. I also needed a new image to toy with in my fancy new design software. After I sketched this out on a simple 6x8 sheet of design paper using sharpies and my imagination I digitizes it. But an image like this needs something else to add to it so from there I messed with it some more.
Posted by Unknown at 9:02 PM
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
This past week I ran into some real problems with my computer and its inability to do what I wanted it too. The problem arose when a client of mine needed a certain type of file and size for a few images he had commissioned me to do. I had completed them and he loved them but the printing company he had doing his tee-shirts and sticker printing discovered some flaws in the digital files that prevented them from printed them. I'll save you the details since they are quite uninteresting. In the end the good news is that I now have a computer platform and design software equal to the quality of art I believe I can produce. The only problem now is I need to learn the ins and outs of this complicated software and as a guy that only really learns by trial and error I set out to use it. The result is this sweet looking tribal trout. Hand drawn then fed into the software program for me to tweek till I am satisfied.
I know what your thinking - What does this have to do with fish? My answer - Nothing. But when your fishing trip is trumped by my commitment customer satisfaction, a Tribal Trout is what you get. If you clicked over here to read about fishing then just keep reading.
TheFlyFishingBowunter.com. His request might seem odd to some of those out there (including my wife) but to a guy like me that enjoys both FlyFishing and bow hunting it was a perfect fit. "Can you put antlers on a trout? You know, make it like a TroutAlope." Steven asked.
My answer - heck yeh! After a few weeks of emails back and forth and a few renderings of ideas in the sketch book and this is what you get. Click on over and check it out. I can promise you this - this is an up and coming website that you will see around a lot more. And when you do remember that original Brown Trout with Antlers logo was created right here.
Posted by Unknown at 2:11 PM
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Well the time has finally arrived. Time to announce the Winners of the little contest I began last month. I want to thank all of you for your support and entries into the contest and if I could afford it I would give all of you a little something but unfortunately, just as in life, there are winners and loosers.
Today we hold a celebration to the winners.
After writing up all the names of the people that entered the contest and adding in all the extras for the additional re-posts and sharing of the contest, I had around 70-80 slips of paper to toss into the hat. (Actually it was my computer bag) Mixing it around and stirring it up I reached into the bag and pulled out three names.
3rd Place - Winner of the 'Brown In Hand Print'
2nd Place - Winner of the Hex Fishing Tee & 'Apache Trout' Print
1st Place - Winner of the original Cutthroat Trout Painting
Brian from Fishing Journal
Congrats to the winners. I will be contacting you over the next few days to get the details on shipping your items. For the rest of you, thanks again.
Posted by Unknown at 2:10 PM
Monday, March 11, 2013
This past weekend a buddy and I took to the river and hooked up with a whole lot of trout. Okay, to be honest - My buddy hooked into a bunch, I was more of an observer barely holding my own.
My buddy is a spin fisherman more accustom to bass than trout. Even with the constant encouragement to give the fly a try he remains a die-hard spin man. Unfortunately that limits some of the water he is able to fish so I went flipping through at a few books I had on the fly tying desk on SC waters looking for a good stream to fish. Eventually I came across a section of river I had never fished.
Throughout the day my buddy was hooking into a whole lot of stocked fish while I watched with slight envy but still happy we were catching fish. I eventually found a hole and hooked into a handful of very clean brooktrout on deep midges, SanJauns, and Killer Bugs.
In the end we left the stream happy and dehydrated. On the way back to the jeep we even managed to grab a few beat-up stocked trout for supper. At home, over beers and broiled trout, we reminisced with our family and friends over a great day on the water.
Good by winter blues and hello Spring Fishing!
Posted by Unknown at 5:16 PM
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
|Pumpkin Seed Bluegill On Lilly Pads|
"Pumpkin Seed On Lilly Pads"
Watercolor On Paper
Size - @ 11"X 14"
Email For Pricing
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Saturday, March 2, 2013
Most of us will start to answer this question with the standard answer - it depends - but lets be honest, that a cop out. Regardless of water conditions, temps, and flow rate we all have those one or two flies that our saving grace. They are our crutch, the flies we retreat to when everything else has failed to produce. They are the flies we never leave home without and if we ever did there is bound to be and extra pinned to the headliner of our truck. They are the hail marry pass to save the day and we all have a special connection to them.
So I ask you, What is your favorite fly? What is the fly you think about when you sit down at the tying vise and go through the flies you lost last time out on the river?
Posted by Unknown at 10:50 AM