” HAVING FUN”
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.
. “MORE THAN ONE WAY TO TIE A BOW”
Often times Driftwood is my first inspiration for a new creation.
“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.