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.
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.
“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.
WILD BROWN GLIMPSING A SNAGGED FLY
This little ” WILDIE” is checking out a snagged fly. This my latest creation, it’s 10 inches long , carved from Tupelo swamp wood and presented on a beautiful Manzanita branch.