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.
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.
Emerging Brookie, some of my favorite creations are stylized works. This Cedar root spoke to me saying ” I want to be a rising Trout “. Well, how can one argue with a Cedar root? Based on results, it seems to have had a pretty good idea.
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.
Among the roots of the clearwater streams of northeaster Tennessee run the bright colors of the rainbow. Also known as Onchorinchis mykiss, the rainbow trout. This is not a native to the waters east of the Rocky Mountains, but its presence has been here long enough to have earned squatter’s rights and the love of generations of fly-fishing hominids.
#1536 is a realistic Wiley Wood Sculpture of a 14 inch Rainbow Trout, caught in the act of warily glimpsing a snagged fly. The presentation has been placed and balanced on on a fine piece of river driftwood, from the very pool where you could expect to hook-up with this beauty.
You CAN hook-up with this little WileyTrout gem by casting your gaze to the WileyTrout Store. Click the link here Rainbow #1536.
The latest creation to appear from the creative WileyTrout zone, is a beauty called ‘Dolly’. She is, by all standards, a rare and pleasant thing-of-beauty to behold. She is a Dolly Varden. Sleek and colorful, she has eye catching lily-white fin tips; native of her species known as the Char.
She resembles the other beauty of her kin, the eye catching, heart pounding Brook Trout. But, Dolly feeds in a bigger pool and comes from stock that produce size as well as beauty. For the Dolly Varden can grow to such an alarming size, that mere mortal fishermen swoon at the pulsation of this lady – or her kin – upon their teasing lines of petrochemical persuasion and steel.
‘Tis with great glee we announce that Dolly has already been taken.
She quickly stole a heart and is now being prepared to be whisked off to a new home.
Yes, her stay was brief, but her memory will linger with the fragrance of her beauty, for a long, long time. Maybe one day soon, the creator Wiley will deem there be another .. maybe a Dallas .. in the line of Varden. We will have to wait and see.
Farewell, Dolly. You gave us great palpitation while you were here. We shall hold your image in great admiration. We look forward to hearing from your new partner in visual pleasure, as to how the union is holding. Our best on your new journey.
#1530, Just finished this little 8 inch Brookie today. It’s a stylized piece created entirely from California Buckeye Burl. This beautiful wood grows only on the western slope of the Sierra mountains at altitude above 2,000 feet. When finished out it has the appearance of river stone. My most popular works are from this wood. My supply is limited and I hope it lasts at least as long as I do.
Leaping for Lunch – This work was created from a block of Tupelo wood and presented on a beautiful piece of river driftwood. It’s one of my best and available on me website store #1510. Would a Dad like this on Fathers Day ?