Thursday, April 16, 2015

Painting Through Prosek: Atlantic Salmon

On December 9, 2012, I painted the Arctic Char. It was my first painting since college. It was the first painting in the "Painting Through Prosek" series. At the time, I thought I might be able to paint every fish in the book. That didn't happen. That being said, I think I painted 31 different fish from the book Trout: An Illustrated History by James Prosek. I also painted a speckled trout, a couple brookies and brown trout, two red drum tails, and a quail.


This project ended with the Atlantic Salmon. It is such a powerful and beautiful fish. These amazing sea-run fish, return to home waters to spawn. Some make the trip more than once. Most do not.


Salmon have been an important species to may people for many reasons. Some salmon runs have long since disappeared from interruption of their path by dams. This is just as true for the Atlantic Salmon as it is for their West Coast cousins.


I chose to go outside my comfort zone and paint something other than the body colors. I drew some of the structure of Prosek's fish in pencil to help guide my brush. I think this was a great way to end this project. 


I'm not sure what comes next. I have Prosek's book, Trout of the World and Ocean Fishes. But I was thinking of something else.

This July, we are moving back to Southeast Minnesota for the year. I'll be at the edge of the Driftless Area. I might try to find representative flora and fauna and paint those in a Driftless series. Just a thought, for now.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Painting Through Prosek: Westlope Cutthroat Trout

What better to do while watching a good game this evening? While Wisconsin took their shot at Kentucky, I took my shot at the Western Cutthroat Trout. Again, I turned to a combination of James Prosek's version with some photos online and came up with a compromise. 



Look at Kaminsky go!






I added the highlights to give it that shiny-wet-fish appearance.





Thursday, March 26, 2015

Video from our last TU Meeting: Fly Tying "The Usual"




The fly pattern called "The Usual" is a versatile fly that definitely falls under the minimalist category in terms of number of materials and simplicity. In this video, John Kelly of the Bill Wills Southeast Virginia Trout Unlimited Chapter shows how to tie his version. 

Pattern developed by Fran Betters
Tied by John Kelly
Narrated by David Nash

Materials:
Any wide gap hook, size 12-18
Rabbit foot fur, CDC, or deer hair
0/6 thread, orange is used here
dubbing wax is optional

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Driftless exploration continued….. Heart of the Driftless

Unfortunately, I lost my copy of this film. Heart of the Driftless is a great flick from Third Year Fly Fisher. He has made his rounds at the Fly Fishing Film Tours. This is a great film dn now available for download digitally.

Oh man. Look at that tall grass along those tiny streams. It's a jungle out there.


Monday, February 23, 2015

The Unique Driftless

I'm going to continue posting Driftless Area related material as we get ready for the move. Next up is a short documentary exploring the many different unique attributes of the Driftless Area by exploring how it was made. This is less than 30 minutes and pretty darn awesome (effigy mounds, rattle snakes, caves, arctic aged plants and more).

One point the video makes that I think can be extrapolated to many unique resources is that, lots of times, local residents aren't aware of how special or unique their own back yards really are. As such, it doesn't occur to them to protect or preserve it.

One gentleman perfectly shows this when asked what the Driftless Area is he he responds,
"Is it a desert?"

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Driftless Love by Winona Fly Factory

Man. I've been away too long. With my head down I seemed to have missed Justing over at WFF has been back at it. I've always enjoyed following his blog as he fishes my home waters. Now, with renewed interest I can read again as I will be heading back that way for at least a year come July. 

He is a strong advocate for the treasure that is the Driftless Area. Last fall he presented this video compilation for the Citizens Watershed Summit. 

Great work, Justin.


Saturday, January 31, 2015

Painting Through Prosek: Arctic Grayling


The arctic grayling is an awesome fish. It used to be much more prevalent in the lower 48. Maybe someday it will make a comeback. 

Prosek doesn't have this in his trout books, but I still feel it falls in line with this series.