Friday, October 31, 2008

No. 304

"Pumpkin Fly" H A P P Y H A L L O W E E N!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

No. 303

"Corey's Fox Wing Spey" Watercolor and Gouache - This is a steelhead pattern my fishing buddy Corey devised. This pattern has a great arctic fox wing that looks fantastic in the water. This painting does not do the actual fly justice, but it was my best attempt for the day.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

No. 302

"Paper Fly" I was emptying the three hole punch and I ended up making a mess! The way the punches were laying on the floor next to the recycle can kind of resembled a fly. I guess after 302 flies everything looks like a fly! Anyways, I grabbed some of the spent punches and some shredded paper and this was the result.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

No. 301

"BBQ Fly" BBQ sauce on counter. My wife had suggested this one while I was making dinner. I was really tempted to lick the sauce off of the counter!

Connect the dots!

Ron from Rock Creek Cattle Company sent me his connected the dots fly. Those who tried it found that I had some numbering problems between 191 and 199. I think my eyes were going a bit crazy by then. Anyways, here is the note that Ron sent:

It’s a slow day at the office. Temps here in Montana cooling off considerably, no body booked on a fishing trip today so I was perusing the 365 site and said to myself, “Self, here is something you just got to dot.”

Thanks for the busy work. I spent several minutes looking for 191 through 199 but. Too funny."

Monday, October 27, 2008

No. 300

Original - SOLD - prints available. Email me for details.

"Halloween Spey" 14" x 12" Watercolor and gouache. Tis the season!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Caught up!

I took inventory of the completed flies over the weekend and found I was 6 short. Well I made up for the shortage and believe I am now up to date.

No. 299

"Bad Eggs" Watercolor and gouache. This is probably one of the worst flies that I have painted. Overworked, bad proportions and dull colors. I just overworked this one. I had a hard time loosing up.

No. 298

"Typewriter Fly" Digital - Does anyone have one of these any more? I grew up with these, but I got rid of it when I got rid of my eight track player.

No. 297

"Dandelion Emerger" Charcoal and watercolor. This was an experiment. I started drawing with the charcoal. I then sprayed the charcoal with a fixative so that it would not smear or lift when I applied a watercolor wash. I have never fished these emergers, but they look like they would be an effective midge emerger.

No. 296

"Dry Fly on Water Tattoo" This was a request from Nichole. She would like to have a tattoo of a fly for her ankle. Nothing like a dry fly sitting on the surface waiting for a take.

No. 295

"Toaster Strudel Fly" Icing on toaster strudel - Occasionally my kids will eat these at breakfast. We have a box that neither of the kids will eat. I believe it is blueberry, anyway I pulled one out, toasted it up and iced it with a fly.

No. 294

Original and prints are available, email me for the details.

"Bead Head San Juan Worm" 10" x 10" Watercolor and gouache. Alright I can hear the moans already. But I could not resist the temptation to ad this to the DF 365 collection!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

No. 293

"Brookie Oatman" Watercolor and gouache. After doing a bit of inventory control, I found this post from April that was not numbered. So it now has it's rightful place and number.

Friday, October 24, 2008

No. 292

"Sulfur Dun" Watercolor and Sharpie Pen. This fly is dedicated to Darrel Stark. Darrel's friend Jean had requested the fly in an email. Unfortunately Darrel Stark recently passed away. You can read more about Darrel's story here. As Jean put it, Darrel died at the age of 62 of an enlarged heart, the enlarged heart he had for fly fishing, his family and friends.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


"Neon Fly" Digital - My buddy Corey suggested this one. I am not quite satisfied with the way it came out. At a quick glance, it looks like a smoldering cigarette. I will have to try this again with a different fly.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

No. 290

"Streamer Triptych" Hand sketch - This is a sketch for a future painting. It will be done as a triptych or three panel painting.

No. 289

"Finger Fly" Hand sketch with digital color. Just a quick study for a future painting.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

No. 288

"Seducer" Watercolor and Gouache - 11" x 19". This is part of a salt water pattern series that I am working on.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

No. 287

"Dr Burke" Digital - Illustrator. This is another one from the yet to be disclosed project. I would like to do something similar to this in charcoal.

Friday, October 17, 2008

No. 286

"P.E.I. Fly" Digital - Illustrator. This is a fly that was done for an upcoming project that I worked on. When I can divulge the details, I will. The following is an account on the details of this fly. It was written by Darren MacEachern for I will. There is some confusion surrounding the true name of this fly. J. Edson Leonard's book "Flies" refers to the pattern as the PE Fly named after Prince Edward. The pattern may also be found in Paul Schmookler & Ingrid V. Sils "Forgotten Flies"(p 274, 275) printed as Prince Edward. The Prince Edward or PEI fly was tied originally with feathers from the now endangered Red Ibis. Because of this, I use red Chinese hen Saddle as an acceptable substitute. The PEI Fly is used to target inland Maritime Brook Trout and the St. Lawrence "White Trout".

The PEI fly is featured in Canada Post's 2005 Fishing Flies collection.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

No. 285

"Egg Sucking Bunny Leech" 12" x 18" Watercolor. This is a Rick Kustich pattern that I will be tying for our club on Monday night. I modified it by adding the Guinea collar and a flash wing.

No. 284

"Caddis Experiment" 12" x 18" Watercolor and ink. I experimented with just putting random washes down, then adding the ink. Very loose and impressionistic.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

No. 283

"Connect The Dots Fly" Hand drawn - digital enhancement. Alright boys and girls, now you can draw flies along with me!

Monday, October 13, 2008

No. 282

"Tellico Nymph" 12" x 18" Watercolor and gouache. This fly was suggested by Ty, a guide in the Tellico River Basin in East Tennessee.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

No. 281

"Copper Bob Study" 12" x 16" watercolor. Bob White is the originator of this fly. It is not to be confused with the Copper John. Bob White is an incredible artist and all around great person. I met Bob and his wife Lisa at a trade show a few years back. They are both the most genuine and giving people. If you have not done so, you should sign up for Bob's Thursday Morning Art Review. Every Thursday morning you will receive an email with some great featured artwork and fantastic stories! I will be posting a more refined Copper Bob in the future.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

No. 280

"Silver Rat" 5" x 7" watercolor.

No. 279

"Chinese Brush Fly 1" 8" x 10" watercolor. My wife suggested I try using a Chinese brush to paint a fly. My Son has a Chinese brush painting kit, so I borrowed his brush to try. You are suppose to use inks ground from these solid chunks that they supply in the kit. I skipped that and used watercolors. Did not come out exactly as planned. Will have to try again.

The Envelope Please....

And the winner for the monthly fly print is..... Bob H. Congrats Bob, I will send you and email with all of the details.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

No. 278

"Chicago Cubs Wet" Or it could be called "There is always next year". Enough said.

No. 277

"Football Fly 2" My Son has to be at his fottball games 1 1/2 hours before game time. It is a good time to get a quick fly sketch in.

No. 276

"Football Fly" I was waiting to pickup my Son from his football practice. I sketched this fly on my handy notepad that I keep with me.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

No. 275

"Pass Lake" 11" x 14' Watercolor and gouache.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

No. 274

"Bead Head Prince Nymph" 8" x 10" Ink, colored pencil and Gouache. Alright, I have worn this series out. Tomorrow a new style.

Original available for purchase. Email me for details.