I came along to Park City, Utah with my girlfriend and her family. I had been a here before, but just never fished. Each prior trip had been solely for curing “Cabin Fever,” while living in Jackson, WY and the need to get out of town as soon as the snow gives way to long drives. Sara’s brother and father are avid fly fisherman, so I was in great hands as far as having the best guides available. Since working in a fly shop for 20 years or so, visiting the local flyshop is more or less a religion, so Trout Bum 2 was the target shop for info and excess shop talk. The rivers on the agenda were the smaller town stream, The Strawberry, The Provo and the Duchesne. We caught some great hatches….Stoneflies, Green Drakes, Caddis and PMD’s. As far as hatches and rising fish, it couldn’t have been better. It had been a long tome since I had fished a western stream with real, live, big bugs coming off, it was quite a treat for this guy that is usually chasing Redfish that won’t eat my fly. OK!!! I’ll have an Everglades Special report later….don’t hate. Today is the last day of fishing, as we fly out tonight at 11pm. We are gonna hit some water, see if some bugs are coming off, get our hands slimy and get on back to 95 degrees and humidity that feels like a wet blanket of hell….at least comparing to where we are now, but Charleston is a welcome sight, always.
I just recently finished my latest piece of a Tarpon, “Silver and Green.” It is the pinnacle of any fish pieces I have dine thus far. Really, with every painting I try to get better…if not, whats the point. Of most of the fish I have painted like this, scales have never been much of a factor, having usually just hinted at the scales…suggested them. With this painting, that wouldn’t work, it was time to do the real deal, and I am happy with it. Being that painting is such a free flowing activity, it is so hard to combine the geometric shapes and patterns into the piece without it looking so hard edged and structured. I tried to keep it simple and not over-do it. If you look closely, towards then end I had to re-do the scale pattern, it just wasn’t looking right. Next, its time to study the Redfish a little closer.
“2014 – Year of The Everglades Special” – Middle Keys
In this quest of using only one fly all year, I have hit a couple road blocks. The Permit quest fell short…but strong until the end of the 4th day and also when I was just in the Bahia Honda Channel during a “Worm Hatch” The weather was crappy, very crappy. Starting at 6 am everyday, the wind was already at its peak at about 15-18, clouds and sporadic rain. Usually having just 2 of these factors wipes out most chances of good consistent fishing. But when you don’t live there, you have to fish, thats what you came there for. So, the first day we had the best conditions and provided us with as a group of 6 with the most typical fishing shots for Tarpon. The first morning I was with Tre Miller and out guide Joel Dickey. We launched from the ramp and headed to the backcountry, looking for rollers. We saw one as we got to the target zone…like a ghost it was gone. Looked aimlessly for 10-15 minutes for fish until the birds gave it away, the shrimp hatch…and the fish that it seems to attract. It wasn’t long until Tre had a great fish on, and we were entranced by it’s acrobatic abilities. The things these fish do will never get old. Their moves in the air and the sounds they make will attract me for life, what an amazing fish. We leadered it a couple times, for it was stubborn and finally wore out the leader before we could get a good shot in the shallows.