fluttering Pine

today’s flag, the Scots pine Pinus sylvestris

its not like i could put a favorite rating on trees as they’re all wonderful, nevertheless, this one’s close to my heart.

a Rainbow flag

generally speaking, i’m not a fan of flags. however, i like things that flap around in the wind… and have been working on a small series of wind-flappers that have no national, regional or societal connotations but instead are an attempt to, and this is a big word, to glorify nature. here’s the Rainbow flag.

rainbow flag m.fauvet-TLC 14-8-16


yeah, a different kind… but this one’s a non-fly fishing visual treat.


not sure of the artist’s name, this person delves deeply into the experimental gif world and has a rather unique touch.
for those attracted to abstracted looped images this page on tumblr is well worth the visit.
subjects vary greatly but as you might expect, the watery ones as showcased here strike a special note.
be sure to click either image to access the full eye-pleasing, thought-inducing, hypnotic page. enjoy !


“Surrealism in painting amounted to little more than

the contents of a meagrely stocked dream world: a few witty fantasies, mostly wet dreams and agoraphobic nightmares.” ~Susan Sontag

maybe she meant something like this ? i have no idea as something within just tells me to pull out the camera and use it. after that the image is out of the hands that never really held it.
when it comes to artsy stuff, and i know very well we all have the knee-jerk reaction of trying to associate whatever artsy stuff we’re experiencing to something within us, our experiences, emotions, whatnots and what we’ve learned from others through time but that tends to lead to the stereotypical visions Susan describes in her quote.
a more challenging yet much more interesting and enriching approach is to try to wipe the mind’s eye slate clean before any artsy encounter and maybe stab it with a spoon if it won’t listen.
if we can manage to do this, we may still like or dislike or feel ambivalent about whatever it is but at least that opinion will be as close to our own as can be. anyhow, this empty lake made me think of a witty wet dream…

wet dreams m.fauvet-TLC 4-2-16

The closer he looks at the fish, the less he sees…

“We refer to the custom of placing a quantity of small dots of two colours very near each other, and allowing them to be blended by the eye placed at the proper distance … The results obtained in this way are true mixtures of coloured light … This method is almost the only practical one at the disposal of the artist whereby he can actually mix, not pigments, but masses of coloured light.”
Georges Seurat on Pointillisme

“We do it out of contempt for human art, but mostly because it makes us pretty.”
Trout on ‘The Beautiful art of Camouflage’

RB dosalfin m.fauvet-TLC 3-6-15

rock magic

performed by Michael Grab, no words could do this magic justice.

Stone Balancing Michael Grab “I am constantly in awe at the stillness, let alone possibility, of such precarious formations, amidst sometimes very turbulent conditions. Balance requires a minimum of three contact points. Luckily, every rock is covered in a variety of tiny to large indentations that can act as a natural tripod for the rock to stand upright, or in most orientations you can think of with other rocks. By paying close attention to the vibrations of the rocks, you will start to feel even the smallest “clicks” as the notches of the rocks are moving over one another. In the finest “point-balances”, these clicks can be felt on a scale smaller than millimeters, and in rare cases can even go undetected, in which case intuition and experience become quite useful. Some point-balances will give the illusion of weightlessness as the rocks look to be barely touching. But if you look very close, you may be able to see the tiny notches in which the rocks rest.”

be sure to click the top image to access Michael’s site for more magic. enjoy !


although not exclusively as we’ll also find sculptures, fish art tends to be a painted, drawn or digitised, two-dimensional affair.
regular readers here already know how much i love 2D fly fishing art but clever stuff like this anamorphic object made out of 160 glass strips adds another level of magic to this love. beyond the cool visual stimulation, the inevitable fish/bird symbiotic connection makes it all the more special, i hope you’ll enjoy this as much as i do.

for more visual/mind candy by Thomas Medicus click here.

free the fighter

another lovely rendition by Jake Keeler at 20acrecarcass, this one pen and watercolour on paper. be sure to check out Jake’s site for a lot more fishy excellentness.


Slint the Red Hooded


by Jake Keeler at 20acrecarcass,
a guy who seems to have worked out the perfect proportions in making a great fly-fishing/painting/beer-making cocktail.

two waves

by Stephen Finkin

“A wave can be described as a disturbance that travels through a medium from one location to another location”. Stephen Finkin -wave 1

 a beautiful disturbance…
Stephen Finkin - wave 2

click either pic for more beautiful and below for what may or may not be an appropriate soundtrack.

Takashi Kuwahara

nothing i could say could do justice to these wonderful drawings so i’ll stick to one word: enjoy !

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Takashi obviously knows a thing or two about fly casting. respect.

Takashi fly castingfor more of his gorgeous work click HERE

Britt’s Beauty

Britt Freda

a stunning fish painting by Britt Freda i originally found on Tumblr via Moldy Chum via Patagonia Fly Fishing and now via The Limp Cobra !
in the end, it doesn’t matter where it comes from: as the fish portrayed so beautifully, they travel, they’re always on the prowl, they’re where they belong, they’re free.

be sure to check out more of Britt’s work by following the link. enjoy !

Fishbrain-waves and Shinola

Shinola |SHīˈnōlə|noun trademark
 a brand of boot polish.
• informally used as a euphemism for “shit”: there’ll be the same old Shinola on television.
“not know shit from Shinola” vulgar slang used to indicate that someone is ignorant or innocent.

from a strict scientific point of view, i have absolutely no idea what these images might mean… but ! an overwhelmingly strong gut feeling tells me that apart from a very few and feeble electrical impulses bouncing around incoherently there isn’t a heck of a lot going on there and this is a good thing for us fly fishers !

yes, we can safely continue casting out our ‘anything-goes’, messy blobs of fluff, feathers and fur that look like nothing at all with the supreme confidence they’ll work majestically because our slimy-innocent friends most probably (well, i’m positive) can’t tell the difference between (figuratively speaking) shit and Shinola

videos via Barry Ord Clarke’s TheFeatherBender. enjoy !

Color Wheel

whether you want to use it to work out color schemes for your future tying endeavors, to try to figure out how light reflected off the stream bed reflected back up underneath the fly might affect it’s appearance or simply just to trip out for two minutes and three seconds while thinking of something else is up to you.
either way i hope you enjoy this brilliant video by Siggi Eggertsson. be sure to watch it full screen !

thanks to Laurent for sharing this video and making a colorful day even more colorful.


by Matthew Cousineau

not usually attracted to digitally reworked images, Matthews’s ‘paintings’ leave a strong deep-dark mysterious and appealing aftertaste. his flies are alive, beautiful and they mean business. they tell their own story while complementing the originals.
i like this and i like it a lot.

crabwips cousineau

in the film below we’ll see sort of a visual step-by-step of how the image was created. not being bored by any technical details we can just go along for the ride and enjoy it’s various transformations in the same manner as a timelapse film of a blooming flower.

be sure to click the image or the following link to access Matthew’s page Custom Fly Art  for more beauties.  enjoy !