” LOVE BROOKIES ”
These ten inch Brook Trout leaping for Mayflies , are my most popular creations. These, and quite a few more now decorate cabins, dens, offices, and tying benches all across the country. I’m looking forward to getting back in my studio to start another one.
My first 15 years of creating Fish sculptures was limited to Rainbows, Browns, Brookies, and an occasional Sunfish. Shortly after that folks started asking can you do a Tiger Trout , a Palamino, a Golden Rainbow, etc. I replied, ” I never have, but I can try”. And so, a new adventure began. It’s been FUN!
” EMERGING ”
Driftwooding is a sport unto itself. I love looking for what Nature has created , and all the neat things that hide in it. The mystery for me is , what I see in it is seldom what I end up getting out of it. Kinda like ” The tail wagging the dog” . That’s ok though, because I AM an old dod !
A typical day of my youth would be, come home from school, drop my books on the nearest chair, go to the kitchen, eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, drink a glass of milk, go to the back porch, grab my fishing rod, call Shag and Clinker( my dogs) and head for the creek. And — be home at supper time !
Pretty much spoiled by Mom and Dad, but they always knew where I was and knew I wouldn’t get into too much trouble there. They didn’t know, nor did I, that this would lead to the love of creating ” The Artistry of Trout”.
Just thinking back to the couple of years I lived in Welches, Oregon just downstream from Mt. Hood. These are the four species I enjoyed catching while I was there. The Red Band from the Dechutes, Steelhead from the Sandy, and the little Brookies from a feeder stream of the Clackamus, and the Dolly Varden from a little mountain pond. I also caught a few Cutthroat from below the dam on Lake Timothy.