Tag Archives: Jim Wiley

SAWDUST 13 November 2017

Stylized works are among my favorites, I’ve always been intrigued with driftwood. Sometimes I see a fish trying to get out, other times the wood just tells me what it wants to be.This stylized Brown has been one of my most talked about creations, frankly, I don’t even know who owns it now as It was sold out of one the Galleries that feature my works.  – Jim Wiley

SAWDUST: 13 OCT 2017


I learned this technic on the banks of thr Ausable river in Grayling Michigan attending a fish carving clinic sponsored by Ed Waliki ( deceased now). It was in early May and I being the only southerner almost froze to death while the other 6 attendees wore short sleeve shirts! My shivering provided the ” entertainment ” for five days. This technic as well as others prove to be a turning point in my Artistic endeavors.
This little Wild Brown is amount my favorites. Jim Wiley.

SAWDUST: 09 OCT 2017


This beautiful twelve inch Brook Trout is checking out a snagged ” GRAY GHOST” streamer fly tied by Selene Dumaine , This work is created from Tupelo and presented on a Manzanita branch selected for me by Pat Reicher of Oregon Natural Manzanita Designs. This work is part of my PERSONAL COLLECTION.



A #wileytrout does a lot of traveling even before arriving at my studio. For instance, the Tupelo wood began its journey from the swamps of Louisiana, the beautiful Manzanita from Oregon having survived wind,rain,and fire before Pat Reicher rescued it. It then became a thought from the one who created it .
It may be wondering , ” where will I go next “, AND ——-only you can answer that.

Sawdust: FlyLife Interview w/ Jim Wiley

‘It’s A Wiley, himself. The fish carver, Jim Wiley.

FlyLifeMagazine contacted me for an interview and produced a really nice article, covering a bit of the scenes behind my fish carving art work known as Wiley Trout.  Read the article,  A conversation with and artist –  Jim Wiley  here.  Leave a comment and let FlyLifeMagazine.com know your feelings about the article.  We really appreciated the article and the attention it has drawn.  I have been overwhelmed by the many fine comments we’ve received on our Facebook presence, since it was published.  Thank you FlyLifeMagazine and our kind friends and fans.


Sawdust 31 August 2017

Glimpsing brown trout, natural setting (click for larger image)


[It’s been a while since I’ve attempted to post here, so , here goes.]

This glimpsing Brown is presented on a striking piece of River Driftwood Burl. Image doesn’t begin to do it justice.
Information on this work and others may be viewed here

Sawdust 29 August 2017


Love these little Wild Rainbows, it takes me back to The Little Pigeon river near Gatlinburg, Tennessee where I caught my first ones.Id caught Rainbows before but these were the prettiest ones I’d ever seen. Every time I create one of these Wild ones, my mind goes racing back to that little stream, in fact, I’m kinda thinking about that right now!

Sawdust 29 August 2017

Emerging Brookie (click for larger image)


The creation of stylized works are among my favorites. Driftwood just speaks to me and tells me what it wants to be. This Cedar root wanted to be a rising Trout, so, —– I helped it out. Really , who wants to argue with a Cedar root, I’ve tried but seldom win. In viewing the result, I think it had a pretty good idea.

Sawdust 28 August 2017

Wild Brown Trout, Stonefly Nymph (click for larger image)


Little eight inch Wild Brown Trout pulling a Stonefly Nymph off a log. This creation is sculpted from Tupelo wood, a Swamp tree that grows in southern Mississippi, and Louisiana, the blooms are the source of Tupelo honey, the purest there is. This work is presented on a beautiful piece of Manzanita from Oregon Natural Manzanita Designs. I LOVE THIS PIECE!