Monthly Archives: September 2017

SAWDUST 26 September 2017


Many years ago while traveling though Florida I passed a place called” Tom’s Cypress “, I turned around and came back and found loads of all kinds of Driftwood. After meeting the owner Tom and told him what I did, he said, ” well, look around and see what you can find. Each time I’d pick out a piece and show him, he’d say ” THAT’S ALMOST PRETTY “. After several of these responses I asked him, ” do you have anything that’s PRETTY ” ? He smiled and said, come with me. We went through the shop and out the back door to a wharehouse stacked floor to ceiling with big slabs of wood, 3 to 4 feet in diameter and 3 to 6 inches thick. He said, ” this is California Buckeye, it only grows on the western slope of the Sierra mountains above 3,000 ft. If you work with this, ” YOU WILL BE HAPPY ! I bot several slabs ( wish I’d bot more) , and he was right, I WAS HAPPY, STILL AM!
This wall presentation of a stylized Brook Trout is one of hundreds of creations I’ve done with this beautiful wood. If it’s true that a picture is worth a thousand words, I don’t know what words describe this one, I’ve found that with my stylized creations, people either don’t like them , our they REALLY like them, what do you think.


I love these little Creek Wild Rainbows. I caught my first one in the Little Pidgeon river in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Every time I create one of these little beauties, mind mind goes back there. This piece is sculpted from Tupelo wood and presented on a Manzanita branch and then attached to a hollowed out Sweet Gum tree slice. This wall presentation is one of my favorites, so much so that I’ve added it to my personal collection.



A #wileytrout does a lot of traveling even before arriving at my studio. For instance, the Tupelo wood began its journey from the swamps of Louisiana, the beautiful Manzanita from Oregon having survived wind,rain,and fire before Pat Reicher rescued it. It then became a thought from the one who created it .
It may be wondering , ” where will I go next “, AND ——-only you can answer that.

Sawdust 09 September 2017


When asked how to get to his house, Yogi Barra replied, ” when you get to the fork in the drive way, take it! Yogi, of course, had the last laugh on this one because either Fork went to his house.
I was reminded of this when I created this stylized Brookie from a Cedar root, because either fork you take could lead to your house.

Sawdust 07 September 2017


No, I didn’t know a Palamino could be a fish either until someone commissioned me to create one. They do make an interesting Trout though, I’ll probably never catch one except in my studio, but, that’s not all bad.

Sawdust: FlyLife Interview w/ Jim Wiley

‘It’s A Wiley, himself. The fish carver, Jim Wiley.

FlyLifeMagazine contacted me for an interview and produced a really nice article, covering a bit of the scenes behind my fish carving art work known as Wiley Trout.  Read the article,  A conversation with and artist –  Jim Wiley  here.  Leave a comment and let know your feelings about the article.  We really appreciated the article and the attention it has drawn.  I have been overwhelmed by the many fine comments we’ve received on our Facebook presence, since it was published.  Thank you FlyLifeMagazine and our kind friends and fans.