Saturday, May 31, 2008

No. 152

"One Fly Logo" Tomorrow is our annual one fly contest. this is the logo that we use on our score sheets. Rules are you get one fly to use. Catch as many fish as you can in a 3 hour period. We use this cool score sheet which has a "No Cheatum Ruler" that you use to measure the fish before you release them. The person with the highest number of inches of fish is the winner. If you loose your fly during the competition, you are done.

Friday, May 30, 2008

No. 151

"Akroyd Sketch" Watercolor - This is a quick study of the classic Akroyd Dee fly. There will be a full blown painting to come. Just experimenting with the shape and character.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

No. 150

"Generic Dry" Just a quick pen sketch of a quill wing dry. Very simple in it's shape and form.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

No. 149

"Electric Fly" Digital. This is for the Electrical Engineers in the crowd. I have always appreciated the beautiful shapes that are etched on the PC board.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

No. 148

"SCUD!" Pen and ink. Scuds are so cool. I love finding these little babies in the stream. I have plucked some big ones out of a few spring creeks that I frequent. Some of them are so big, all you would need is some cocktail sauce for dipping and you would have a stream side appetizer.

Monday, May 26, 2008

No. 147

"Morning Light" Watercolor and graphite sketch composite. There is nothing like the feeling of the morning sun hitting you in the face. The bugs start to come off and it is just a peaceful time on the water.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

No. 146

"Hopper Sketch" Hand sketch on bond paper with digital color. I was just messing around sketching this hopper. I plan on doing some sort of painting. I thought it would be fun to take the rough sketch and throw some color on it.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

No. 145

"Muddler" 6" x 6" Graphite on paper.

Friday, May 23, 2008

No. 144

"The Big Three" With the big Memorial Day weekend coming up, I decided to draw three flies to cover me for the next few days. The challenge to everyone is this, if you were stranded (fresh or salt water) what are the three flies you wish you had with you? I already have my three - X-Caddis, Gold Ribbed Hares Ear and a Soft Hackle. I have full confidence in these flies if I ever needed them in a survival situation in fresh water. The other pictures show some of the flies and the line that I have wrapped around a canister in my Boy Scout Survival Kit. I hope I never need them, but as the Boy Scouts say, "Be Prepared".

Thursday, May 22, 2008

No. 143

"Crayfish" 5" x 5" ink and watercolor. It is small mouth time. Dig in!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

No. 142

"Splat Fly" 7" x 10" I took a toned sheet of watercolor paper then painted a piece of card stock with some random paint. I then placed in on the watercolor sheet and smacked it. I added the details with some more watercolor and gouache.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

No. 141

"Lefty's Deceiver" 8" x 10" watercolor. Just a quick one today. Just laying down some paint to create a nice shapes.

Monday, May 19, 2008

No. 140

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"Free for All" Named after one of my all time favorite songs by Ted Nugent. I used a collage technique to get the texture.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

No. 139

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"Zebra Midge" 12" x 10" Watercolor and gouache. I was handed the challenge of making a lowly zebra midge look exciting. I painted the zebra stripes separate and composited them in digitally.

Saturday, May 17, 2008


"Skinner Special" 10" x 7" watercolor and gouache.

Friday, May 16, 2008

No. 137

"Thunder Creek" Watercolor by Ryan K 16 years old. I am one proud Dad!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

No. 136

"Knots Eye View" 8" x 7" Watercolor. The title says it all!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

No. 135

"Orange and Pink Feather Wing" 10" x 12" This is a quick study that I did in preparation for a series of flies I am collaborating with Marty Howard on. I was experimenting with techniques and colors. I have the original of this fly, and I notice a number of proportion issues that I will have to address when painting the final.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

No. 134

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"Little Big Fly" 4" x 5" - Watercolor and gouache. This is one of the smallest flies in dimension that I have painted. It was interesting working small and adding just the right amount of detail to make things read.

Monday, May 12, 2008

No. 133

"Quickie" 5"x 6" Sharpie and watercolor. Got this one in under the wire. Monday night is fly tying, then a few of us hit the local watering hole. I had planned on drawing a fly at the tavern, but one thing lead to another, so I drew and painted this one a few minutes before midnight.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

No. 132

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"2D-3D" 17" x 12" I started this fly by painting some thick (300gsm) watercolor paper in warm brown tones. I placed random textures and spatters on the paper. Next I drew out each section that I wanted to cut out. Once all of the pieces were cut, it was time to assemble. I glued 1/16" spacers on the back to stand the pieces off from one another. I really like the way the shadows show off the various shapes. I painted the pieces so that they looked like rusty pieces of metal. It took many sharp X-Acto blades to complete all of the cutting!

Saturday, May 10, 2008


"Funky Hook" 6" x 8" Line and watercolor wash.

Friday, May 9, 2008

No. 130

"Wulff Followers" This is a composite image of a Royal Wulff I painted along with a rainbow. Enjoy. Both images are watercolor composited in PhotoShop

Thursday, May 8, 2008

No. 128

"Fresh Nymph" 6" x 8" watercolor.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

No. 127

"Marabou Muddler" 6" x 8" Just working on my line work a bit.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

No. 126

"Spent" Watercolor, ink and gouache on postcard stock.

Monday, May 5, 2008

No. 125

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"Decisions" 10" x 12" Watercolor and gouache. This painting started as color and value study for a larger painting I am working on. I was inspired by the Canadian Stamp Series that shows flies on stamps and decided to add a fly to this study. When I look at this, I want to put a big cartoon idea balloon around the fly!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

No. 124

"Hardware Fly" I have been slowly cleaning up and organizing my workshop. I am putting all the hardware in parts bins. All kinds of sorted hardware was laying on top of my workbench. They were just begging to be fashioned into a fly.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

No 123

"Blind Fly" 8" x 10". I got this idea from my friend Woody Hansen. He started a painting by creating the initial sketch blindfolded. You can see him in action here. Woody called me the other night to check on my thumb. We ended up discussing artists like Milford Zorne and Henry Fukuhara who both had macular degeneration, but continued to paint essentially blind. Woody took this idea to see what he would come up with. The above fly was my attempt. Another idea Woody had was to smear Vaseline on eyeglasses. This way you would see shapes, but not be totally blind.

Friday, May 2, 2008

No. 122

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"Mayfly on Bamboo" 8" x 6" Watercolor and Gouache.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

No. 121

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"Cinnamon Sedge" 8" x 11" Gouache on chip board. This is another Irish style fly courtesy of Marty Howard.

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The winner for the April drawing is......P Melchior. I have sent you an email with the details. Congratulations and keep the suggestions coming!