Category Archives: Sawdust

Bits and pieces of daily commentary on the life as a fly-fisherman living the autumn of his life through the art of sculpting the images of his passion in the warmth of wood

” BROOKIED UP “

” TO THE NET”

Sometimes I just have to keep them, THIS IS ONE OF THOSE TIMES!
This Eight inch wild one is created from Tupelo and presented in a beautiful Brookie net from Kenny Nelson. The driftwood base is Box Elder found for me by my friend Joey Monteleone.
Destination, MY PERSONAL COLLECTION! I’m hoping to get a couple of more of these nets to create something I can offer .

” UP CLOSE and PERSONAL “

” IM EATEN THAT”!

A Fish eye view, and a man’s eye view, these collaborations
have been a joy to create. Each time I view one I think about my friends that had a part in it.

” DECEIVED “

IM EATEN THAT!

I love collaborations . This creation is carved From Tupelo swamp wood and presented on driftwood found for me by Joey Monteleone, the Manzanita branch selected for me by Artist Pat Reichner, and the fly by Pat Cohen.

” HOW TO TIE A BOW”

” PRESENTATIONS ”
These are several ways I present a Rainbow Trout, I’m now working on a new creation that features several aspects of these. Could be a SPECIAL one, STAY TUNED.

” NEW WORK, OLD PRESENTATION”

” IN THE NET”
Its been quite a few years since I’ve done a presentation like this, I forgot how attractive they are.
I believe I’ll do another one.

” HIDE and SEEK”

” FOUND YOU” !

Stylized works are my favorites! I love surprises, and these creations almost always accommodate me . They hide, I seek, and the ” game is a foot”. This Rainbow was nicely snugged in a Driftwood Cedar Root and difinately did not to come out. Several times I almost sent it to the burn pile but in the end, I prevailed and was pleasantly SURPRISED.

” A MOUSE TO MOUTH CREATION”

” MICES TO PIECES, sounds good to me “!
These works are the result of a trifecta of effort by Joey Monteleone, Pat Cohen, and an old fella’s creative imagination.
I’d always heard that using a Mouse at night was the way to a BIG BROWNS heart. Never tried it myself when I was able, then got old and couldn’t . Not a total loss though , as I’m now able to crate more than I could catch! ” The Old Coot”.
Joey provided the beautiful driftwood, Pat the marvelous Mouse, and an old fella the rest.

” WHEELS A GRINDING”

After I’ve just completed a creation and thinking ” what am I gonna do next” ? Hmmm, what AM I going to create now? GOT IT !
This turned out pretty good. BUT, what am I gonna do now ?

” DECEIVED”

” DECEIVED BY A DECEIVER”
This eighteen inch Rainbow Trout is the result of a collaboration of friends. The beautiful driftwood is from the Caney Fork River given to me by my friend Joey Monteleone ( it was decorating his porch) ! On a visit, I was staring at it and commented, ” I see fish in there”. He said , ” take it home and set them free” , so, I did. The beautiful deceiver Fly is created my the ” MASTER OF DEERHAIR FLYS, Pat Cohen. Pat was referred to me my Aileen Lane, ambassador of the Fly Fishing Museum, writer, and Fly Tier. I’ve heard she can also catch a Trout now and then.

” LOOKING UP, DOWN, OR JUST HANGING AROUND”

” BROOKIES, THE WAY I LIKE UM ” !

From the very first one I caught ( about 4 inches), I was captured by its beauty. Hooked then, hooked now, they’ll always be my favorites. Though I only catch them in my studio anymore, the urge to create just one more prevails.