# 1516. This 8 inch Brook Trout is created in the stylized form emerging from a piece of Tennessee Red Cedar root. I especially like the artistic lines of this one, it’s one of my favorites this year. It can be purchased in my wiley Trout store.
This stylized Rainbow Trout #1512, is created from two pieces of very rare and hard to acquire, California Buckeye Burl. It is a beautiful wood and one of my personal favorites.
The creek based Rainbow Trout is a highly prized fly-fishing subject. Wary. Skittish. And very leader-shy, they are hard to catch. This little beauty is representative of an demure little eight inch creek native found in the Eastern Tennessee creeks.
Every WileyTrout Wood Sculpture is a unique one-of- kind piece. Each piece is signed and numbered. Wholely original pieces.
As skittish and hard-to-catch as these little gems are, we work real hard to make it easy for you go home with one a WileyTrout beauty. This one can be caught in my Wiley Trout Store – #1512 Rainbow Trout.
I love the things that live in them and I love the things that live around them. I’m now in Autumn of my life (winter’s getting close) and looking back I see I’ve spent a major portion of my time either around a creek or thinking about it. This then became the foundation for my extreme love of nature, the outdoors, fishing, or just poking around to see what’s up stream. Little did I know that this foundation would later get the creative juices flowing, but it did and much to my surprise.
Here’s how it happened – – – from about 1990 to 2000 Wanda (my wife) and I operated an antique business called “Punkinseed’s” specializing in old fishing and hunting décor and collectables. It was quite successful, so much so that in the later years it was copied by others and it became extremely difficult to find and buy at a price where we could make a profit; then came Ebay and everything went “gunnysack”. About this time we moved from Florida to Tennessee and built a house on 10 acres with a little Bass and Bream pond.
One day I mentioned to Wanda that I’d like to start up our business again but that I’d like to be able to create something so that we wouldn’t have to depend on buying and selling for a profit. She asked “what would you like to do?” I said “I’d love to paint but it would take too long to learn how.” She said “if you start now, you won’t have that excuse a year from now!” I wondered if she ever got tired of being right! Within a week she’d enrolled me in a painting class and I began creating wildlife art on barnwood. Six months later at the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, SC I was introduced to carving. About 6 months later at a women’s fly fishing clinic in Townsend, TN that Wanda was taking, I donated one of my first four carvings, a little 6 inch Appalachian Brook Trout, to their Fund Raising Auction. It sold for over $600.00! Wow, maybe I’d better look at this thing a little closer! I did and the rest is history.
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