Good enough to eat refers to the fly, not the BROOKIE! These “ jewels of the Brook” continue to be my favorite creations. I never caught that many when I was able to fish, but, the few I did catch are permanently etched in my memory. Now, I’m able to catch quite a few in my studio.
“ WHEN IMAGINATION and POSSIBILITIES get togather”
California Buckeye is a beautiful wood , however it DOES NOT like to be carved. I mostly am able to prevail but not without a fuss. This one, when I convinced it that it was going to be beautiful, gave in. Turned out pretty good, I think, what do you think?
“ YUMMY MAYFLY”
This little eight inch Brook Trout is schulpted from Tupelo Swamp wood and presented on a Manzanita branch, base is CANEY Fork river driftwood.
Mayfly is Created from Magic Schulp clay. This is one of my most popular presentations now decorating homes all across America and beyond.
BROOKIES MY FAVORITES
I’ve always been amazed, humbled, inspired, by the artistry of GOD .
Brook Trout and the places they live are beautiful examples of his finest works. I’m blessed to have eyes to see , the heart to love, and the mind to know who created them. Jim Wiley .
“ HAND TROUT “
I think a Rainbow might be in order . Having made several left in Natural wood color , a Brookie, and a Brown, it just doesn’t feel complete without a Bow. I would have never guessed folks would like these “ handle Trout” so much, but after having one myself , I UNDERSTAND!
“ HANDLING WONT HURT THIS ONE”
A while back I began creating a few works that could be handled , they were done leaving the wood in its natural color. They are nice to have on your desk at work, on you Fly tying table, or just by your easy chair. I must have picked up mine 1000 times and I’ve only had it a couple of weeks ! This Brookie is the first one I’ve painted.
“ RISING BROOKIE”
Each time I begin working on a new creation, memories come flooding back of past adventures with whatever species I’ve started on. This is especially true with BROOKIES because they dwell in such beautiful places.
This little eight incher is about as big a one as I ever caught. Their beauty certainty makes up for their size. I know Brook Trout can get big, however, not in the little brooks where I fished.