When I need a break from working on a full dimension realistic creation, I walk out to my ” Woodpile of possibilities ” , sit down in a chair and just look. It usually doesn’t take long for me to spot something that wants to be a fish , then the fun and adventure begin.
This eighteen inch Brown is closing in on a little six inch Rainbow. Over the years I’ve done several of these presentations, I might just have to keep this one, it’s looking real good on my wall right now. The beautiful piece of driftwood is Sassafras.
“PULLING A STONEFLY NYMPH OFF A LOG”
This thirteen inch Rainbow is carved from Tupelo swamp wood and presented on Caney Fork River driftwood. Stonefly Nymph made from sculpting clay. I learned this presentation at a carving clinic on the banks of the Ausable river in Grayling, Michigan. It was hosted by well known fish carver Ed Walaki. Ed passed away several years after that.
. ” COUSINS”
Over my 18 years of creations, Rainbows, Browns, and Brookies have been the majority of my works. Now and then though, someone will come along and ask, ” have you ever done a ______? No, I never even thought about it but I’ll give it a try if you’re interested. ” That’s how many more species showed up including this Tiger Trout and Dolly Varden. THANKS TO ALL THAT ASKED.
WILD BROWN GLIMPSING A SNAGGED FLY
This little ” WILDIE” is checking out a snagged fly. This my latest creation, it’s 10 inches long , carved from Tupelo swamp wood and presented on a beautiful Manzanita branch.
. Several years ago when my inventory was completely depleted I decided to begin setting some aside that my family could enjoy when I could no longer create , thus my PERSONAL COLLECTION had its beginning. It now consists of 10 different species of Trout. I have them displayed in my Antique Pie Safe.
Top – Brook Trout , Brown chasing a Rainbow, and Rainbow Trout.
Top Shelf – Red Band, Gila Trout, Golden Trout, Golden/ Rainbow Hybrid
Second Shelf- Dolly Varden, Yellowstone Cutthroat, Tiger Trout Hybrid
Though these are not offered for sale, I have parted with a couple when I’d created one I liked better, or an offer was made I couldn’t refuse.
I just finished this eighteen inch Brown, created from Tupelo swamp wood and presented on a beautiful piece of Caney Fork River driftwood, wall presentation. I’m looking at it right now hanging on my wall and I might not be willing to let this go for awhile, ITS STRICKING!
. ” GOTTA KEEP SOME” !
A little while back I found my SALE GALLERY depleted! Thinking to myself, I concluded, I DONT EVEN HAVE ANY TO CALL MINE! So, since then I’ve started setting aside a few to call my own, the result is ten different species of Trout. You might enjoy a visit to www.wileytrout.com and ” take a look .