Just right, and so is the tailing bonefish….their tails light up like little mirrors. It’s one of the coolest things I’ve seen when looking for tailing fish. This new painting is called “Tail Lights” and is from a fishing day we had in Chetumal Bay while staying at Costa De Cocos last year with David Thompson and Brian Hodges.
The 2014, year of the Everglades report. So far the weather here in Charleston is been so erratic, cold and windy, so I really have not done a whole of good fishing! We are starting to get warmer better fishing days and finally the other day I got my first fish of the year on the Everglades special, a small largemouth bass. It was good to finally get it going. This past weekend I was fishing canals in Florida had a small Tarpon Swipe at the fly but missed. I’m hoping for a redfish to be my next catch, Lord knows I need it.
18 x 24 – Oil – Photo by Tosh Brown
Until now I have been painting in a rathole or next to my bed in my bedroom… Finally, I have my own space! I am very excited about this new place to work on my artwork, It is amazing to actually have a place to walk around to view the art from different angles. I bunked up in Free Fly Apparel’s new warehouse, so it will be great having awesome neighbors.
This is what I have been working on the last couple months for Christmas gifts.
3 piece set:
For a family that just recently lost this Chocolate Lab,Wish I had taken a little bit better pic:
A piece I started a long time ago, I first posted it halfway done when I started this blog, it is a good friend’s dad on a horse riding trip through Colorado:
Thanks everyone, I enjoyed doing all these!
Tied by Enrico Puglisi – www.EPFlies.com
If the cards aren’t usually always stacked against me enough already, I have decided that I am going to fish nothing but one fly for the whole year of 2014, and it shall be the Everglades Special. This fly is so diverse, through it’s shape and color, it can mimick so many different creatures that make up fresh and saltwater fish’s diets.
I have a few trips coming up this year, and the only one I am a little worried about is the Permit trip to The Palometa Club. I think it could trick a Permit in a schooling situation, but not so much a tailing permit, but then again, you never know with those bastards! I am not worried too much about my tarpon trip, unless of course we get into the mythical worm hatch, most likely will now. Alaska shouldnt be too tough with the ol Everglades Special….Kings and Chums are pretty aggressive and the big ol Bows should eat it accordingly. Fishing here in Charleston should be a breeze in the lowtide Winter and Spring months, for it is a proven pattern for that. I could be very challenged during the tailing season, for they aren’t looking for baitfish/shrimp, and are too busy bulldozing for crabs. I am not apposed to trimming the tail off and adding a cone weight and getting it down. I am excited to see how many species in so many different locations I can pull this off in.
In the end, i really don’t think fish are as particular as we make them out to be. I used to sit and just watch trout in a spring creek when I lived in Jackson, WY and those fish would let just about anything go in their mouths, constantly editing what was food and what wasn’t. Yes, I know they were Cutthroat, but still…on the right day, these fish were tough as hell to catch as well. I just hope in the end, I am throwing these flies on the good days, the days where it doesn’t matter what you throw…I will need all the help I can get. 2014, The Everglades Special and me.
Roger Metz…I told you, also…Michael Bruner, you’re my hero!