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.
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!
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!
One of my latest creations, ” Rising Brookie ”
A ten inch Brook Trout jumping for a Mayfly. Created from Tupelo wood and presented on River Driftwood Burl. I like this one so much I’m putting it in my personal collection. ( Update: however , someone liked it even more than me, —- so, it swam away ). Show me the Wheel!
Hiding is what a brook trout does, when it’s not dazzeling the eyes out of anything watching it. But that’s the trick. You have to see it, first.
With markings that blend in with a deft of camouflage that defies imagination, despite the bright colors, you just can’t see these critters unless they let you.
#1535 is highly realistic representation of an 8 inch Brook Trout, presented as you would see it – and it equally amazing brethren – if you look into its underwater lair – stacked near the snaggy structure of the creek bottom pools; on piece of actual river driftwood just like you would see them hugging in their crystal clear world of invisibility.
We don’t make it quite this difficult to see – or ever adopt for permanent residence – the little beauties. This wonder of nature is available for purchase at the equally amazing WileyTrout Store as – #1535 Realistice Brook Trout on driftwood.
” I’m always chasing Rainbows ” over the years I’ve done several of these that now decorate cabins and dens . My last one was purchased by the Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appachlians and is now on display there.