Its very easy for me to upload some pics to Instagram and in the end, I feel like I have put my art out there. I gotta start being better about this, so I will!
A little film I made form my week in Alaska last month, hope you like it!
<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/104076334″>Bristol Bay Lodge 2014</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user10767287″>Paul Puckett</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
I went to battle again in cold water country with my Eveglades Special box, and only that. Now I did hang a little bead off the fly here an there by way of some guides suggestions but fished it solo most of the time and did very well. Here are a few pics from the trip. Overall I caught 3 Rainbow Trout, 2 Chum Salmon, Grayling, 2 Dolly Varden and a Sockeye with the E.S.
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.