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 !

fishbird

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.

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.
PHRASES
“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.

CrabWips

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 !

fishflames

by Stanislav Aristov via Chicquero

fishflames

” everyday icons and objects formed from matches burning brightly against a black background – after creating the shapes by bending them mid-burn, he uses a macro lens and studio flash to capture the flame and smoke. “

this brings back a certain magic that anyone who has stared at campfires for a while remembers for life.

Split the Cane

part 1 – some ranting
bamboo fly rods:
depending on where you mention those three words you’ll typically get reactions such as oooing and ahhhing and conversations will inevitably lead towards notions of purity, tradition, nobility and who knows what other hobnob sentimentality hastily shoved down your ears with very little regard to how they actually perform.
having had the great honor and opportunity to be invited to demonstrate casting at several Cane meetings and fairs and having the chance to try out hundreds of different rods, quite honestly most of them perform like something that’s better off staying on a wall and aesthetically speaking, a good portion of them would be an insult to the wall.
the dismal truth is the vast majority of cane builders i’ve met are poor casters and thrive on outdated notions. i’m not saying that every builder should be as anal about fly casting as i am myself but i’d expect them to at least have descent control of the line and produce consistent loops regardless of their style. among others, i’d also expect them to understand that a fly rod is not a spring and that slow actions do not result in a more ‘relaxed’ way to cast.
like most, i can try out a rod and decide for myself but i find it extremely difficult to respect the opinion of a rod builder that doesn’t even understand how a rod functions and doesn’t know how to use the tool they made themselves.

part 2 – the good part, some praising !
friend and FFF certified casting instructor colleague Christian Strixner based near Munich is on the other hand, one of the rare cane rod builders who knows how to combine the essential qualities of both a finely tuned casting/fishing tool while being a beautiful high performance piece of art.  
(rods that would put to shame the finest of walls :mrgreen: )
at first glance we’re struck with their exquisite aesthete but when we pick one up for a cast the real magic happens.
and that my friends is something to realy oooo and ahhh about…

for more info on Christian’s rods visit his site Split the Cane. enjoy !

Fishead

about a year ago it started like this,

which turned into this,

and ended up as this awesome T !

want your own Fishead ? get in touch with my friend and fly casting colleague ‘Easterncaster‘ Craig Buckbee at easterncaster@gmail.com
while you’re at it, you might want to reserve a casting lesson with him in Central Park, New York city. he’s one of the best.

“Brings back the kid in me”

by Jeff Kennedy

here’s a sneak-peek on a current  and absolutely gorgeous work in progress.

“My first attempt at acrylic painting. 24″ x 36″ Green Butt Skunk. 70% done via finger painting! Brings back the kid in me.”

i like that kind of kid…

click the pic for more of Jeff’s artwork previously featured here. enjoy !

Carlos

as in Carlos Azpilicueta

one of my favorite casting images, this one was taken several years back in the Spanish Basque region during a course with the Master. i often look at this image as it demonstrates power, flexibility, agility, synchronicity and grace and is a constant reminder what great casting form is all about.

as a bonus, the gigantic wall of hay bales in the background make it unique. i’ve often wondered how many thousands of mice must have lived there…