i hope this turns into a trend.
not much to not like with a title like that..,
but with topics such as: Underwater Experiments, The ‘Instrument of Satisfaction’ (my favourite !), Diagnosis of Flies, Symmetry of Flies, The ‘Line-of-Pull’, Holding the Hook (tying these lovely flies by hand) and gorgeous plates like this, that it’s kinda turned into a love affair.
this one’s a really special find that i hope you’ll enjoy as much as i did. click either pic to access the complete 510 page book online on OpenLibrary or HERE to download it in pdf file or Kindle and other nifty ways to read it later when offline.
by Jeff Kennedy
by Daniel Lopez
i’ve been getting reports from here and there around the world from friends who are either going through the winter blues or their area is hidden by clouds. here’s a little sunshine for ya !
not a cloud, not a wind and it’s been 35° in the shade for the last two weeks but what the heck, this one’s beautiful.
bluegill portrait by Jeff Kennedy
if you’re in the mood for more fishy art click the pic.
which also leads to this tip: if you need to dry off a fly by false casting, do this away from the fish to keep the flying line, its reflections and shadows away from their view. off the shoulder, side casting, whatever it takes, there’s almost always space somewhere around you to do this. when you feel the job is done switch back to the original casting plane and present. bingo !
click either pic for more beautiful and below for what may or may not be an appropriate soundtrack.
slightly hypnotic slimy curves
Hey Beast Studio
both look towards the west, one looks fierce and the other well, indecisive about how it should look.
(or it might simply be in awe because it was portrayed so beautifully)
anyhow, i like them both.
either one would be one hell of a better gift than some roses for your sweetheart.
to enjoy more fish portraits click the pics to access each artist’s site.
most salmon flies make me think of drag queens: ghastly, tarty-tasteless gaudy caricature creatures haphazardly put together with ill-died feathers and plastic diamonds.
whether they catch fish or not is irrelevant, it’s the human factor and the horrendous side effects of complacency and a general sense of ineptitude induced to both viewers and creators of such tackiness that’s still wreaking havoc (of sorts) in the fly tying world after hundreds of years.
one could say they are the neon lights used to lure in trucker-cap crowds to the local strip mall. (please use your imagination for that last part and don’t actually go there) anyhow, this is some serious shit and not something to be taken lightly so let’s see what a recognized expert has to say about this phenomenon.
“Hence man’s otherwise inexplicable passion for salmon flies and hence his attribution to precious stones of therapeutic and magical virtue…. In other words, precious stones are precious because they bear a faint resemblance to the glowing marvels seen with the inner eye of the visionary. “
Aldous Huxley’s pretty in-deep quote from his marvelous essay ‘Fly Tying Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell’ shows a much higher understanding than i ever could as to why these gaudy flies are so popular and get the most ‘likes’ on Facebook.
now, on the other hand and thank goodness !, we have these quasi-mystical shrine-like flies tied by Mike Townend of Aberdeen, Scotland prompting aw-inspiring reflections such as:
“The hook, for example, of that fly–how miraculous it’s tubularity, how supernatural it’s polished smoothness! I spent several minutes–or was it several centuries?–not merely gazing at this salmon fly, but actually being it—or rather being myself in it; or, to be still more accurate (for “I” was not involved in the case, nor in a certain sense were “it”) being my Not-self in the Not-self which was the salmon fly.”
right. rendering the acquisition of illegal lotions and potions pointless, thanks to Monsieur Townend we get to view, absorb and be the sublime and not have to wait eight hours for it all to wear off.
(hmmm, the more i re-read all this the more it all makes sense but in case it don’t, if you ignore the words you’ll at least enjoy these awesomely stunning examples of what can only be considered ‘feather poetry’)
if it where a contest i’d say that:
– Ireland gets top place in the ‘Weird’ category,
– Iceland gets the ‘Cheap-Ass, let’s just change the color and save on stamp artist expenses’ and
– France gets the highly-coveted ‘Most Hypocritical’ award for still allowing fishers to keep salmon although there’s only half a dozen left.
but thank goodness, this isn’t a contest and we can sit back and enjoy some small yet non-negligable artwork of these beautiful majestic fish. enjoy !
another lovely drawing from Takashi Kuwahara that brings a thought:
when returning a captured fish we give it the chance to grow, reproduce and then we all get to capture it and it’s offspring again and continue the cycle.
when we loose a fly to a tree we’re giving another angler the opportunity to try it out and hopefully find success with our dearly departed, continuing the fly’s life cycle…
chowing down on what appears to be juicy party-popper, today’s yummy acrylic Wisco Brown treat comes to us from Jeff Kennedy.
click the pic to access Jeff’s page for tons more fishy goodnesses. enjoy !