” JEWELS OF THE BROOK”
The very first creation of mine that sold was a little 8 inch Brook Trout , l’ve been hopelessly HOOKED ever since. This one ( also) 8 inches I particularly like, not sure what is captivating me , but I just like it. Some are just really hard to part with, this one WILL BE. Jim Wiley.
You wouldn’t think Tennessee,Louisiana, and Oregon had much in common, however, this BROOKIE thinks so. It’s carved from Tupelo swamp wood, it’s base is Box Elder driftwood from Tennessee, and it’s presented on a Manzanita branch from Oregon. Oh, and it’s creator is an old fella from Tennessee.
LOVE BROOKIES ! Here’s several ways I like to present them.
Pulling a Stonefly Nymph off a rock, jumping for a Mayfly, glimpsing a snagged fly, and a wall presentation. My goal is always trying to create the illusion of motion.
” GET THAT BUG”!
One of my favorite presentations. I learned this at an Ed Walaki clinic on the bank of the Ausable river in Grayling, Mich.about 12 years ago. Ed has since passed away, WHAT A GREAT GUY and teacher. I was the only one from the South and nearly froze to death even though it was May. I guess my shivering provided the entertainment for the rest of the ” Yankees ” for 5 days! They didn’t object to the country sausage and brown eggs I brought up from Tennessee though .
This 18 inch Rainbow is carved from Tupelo swamp wood and presented on a beautiful piece of Sassafras Driftwood, it’s now in my PERSONAL COLLECTION as the companion creation of an 18 inch Brown presented on the other piece of the same SAFFAFRAS Driftwood. This beautiful driftwood was given to me by my friend Joey Monteleaone.
” DRIPPING WET FRESH FROM THE STUDIO ”
My latest creation a little wild eight inch Rainbow jumping for a Mayfly and presented on a beautiful piece of Manzanita Driftwood. Reminds me of the little wildies from the Little Pidgeon river upstream from Gatlinburg, Tennessee.