Friday, November 8, 2013

Fish On Friday News

  Its Friday again and yet another week gone by of cool fall days and dwindling fishing opportunities.  Luckily for me I was able to get out twice this week.  A few days ago my son and I hit the local pond where we were able to hook into quite a few small aggressive bass.  It was a blast for him and probably even more so for me.  Nothing can beat the sight of an excited kid reeling a good fish.
  Yesterday I had yet another fishing opportunity as I made a business trip up to the Chattooga River Fly Shop in  Mountain Rest SC - but more on that later.  After my meeting I hit the Ellicott Rock Wilderness for a little fishing with the bamboo fly rod and Abel Reel.  As always the area was stunning in its beauty.  The fall colors were in full blown brilliance and despite the amount of leaves and needles in the stream, I managed to hook into a few trout.
 The water was so clear that it was fun to see the slow rises of hungry trout even if it made me focus my casts and provide them with the perfect presentation while still trying to aim for the random spots of water devoid of fall foliage.  Truly a challenge.

  Now for some exciting news slightly related to fly fishing but I feel the need to share it with you anyways.  Yesterday I was invited up to the Chattooga River Fly Shop by the owners Karl and Karen.  I'll save you the details of the meeting and simply say that if you are interested in my art, there is now a physical place where you can see it in the flesh.  The Chattooga River Fly Shop currently has approximately 20+ original pieces of my art now on display and for sale.
  For those of you that have never been to the fly shop in Mountain Rest SC let me just tell you that it is just the kind of place you picture in your minds eye as the perfect fly shop - complete with the aged pooch lazing around in the corner as the owner is busy at work tying up flies for a future guide trip.  Idyllic to say the least and just the right environment for my style of artwork.
  The plans they have to expand the upstairs into an artisan space full of local artist seems like the perfect marriage. Needless to say, I am looking forward to our partnership.
  If you find yourself on the road from Atlanta north or fishing the world famous Chattooga River (that right - the river featured on the movie Deliverance)  I encourage you to hit up Mountain Rest and visit the Chattooga River Fly shop.  And as always, my artwork is still available at

  On one final note updating a previous post.  I finally finished the simple chair I had been working on this week.  After a great color of stain and weatherproofing this chair is looking good enough to be in any rustic chic boutique.  I am sure to enjoy quite a few nights relaxing by the fire pit in this baby.  That is if I can beat my wife to it..... come to think of it, I better make another.


Mark Kautz said...

Being the gentleman you are, I'm sure your wife would have first dibs on the chair.

Jim Yaussy Albright said...

Congrats on the invite to display your art. You're right, a perfect place for it.

Unknown said...

Mark - you made my wife chuckle at that.... I'm not sure why.

Jim - Thanks, it sure is.

Apache Trout said...

Great chair Joel! Yes, you better make another. :)
Gonna order that Apache Trout print this winter, haven't forgotten, just been crazy busy with work.
PS. I closed down Ravine Angler blog (hacked-old posts redirected to advertising sites) my new blog is Wild Trout Angler.

Atlas said...

Looks like a great place. Very cool from the outside. If I am ever in the area I will be sure to stop by.

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