Fly Casting- Drawing a Fish

graciously sent in by London-based casting colleague Alex Titov, here’s some lovely fly line art in the form of a fish.

fly fishing, there’s so much more to it than simply catching…

Alex Titov 'drawing a fish' 27-1-16_edit

thanks Alex !

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 !

thoughts on fly tying and art

Art Led Me to Fly Fishing by Cheech at Fly Fish Food

gotta love the colder months. people are inspired enough to take the time to dish out some real gems and here’s yet another.

“We didn’t have guns to shoot, ATVs to ride, or animals to feed. I really was fueled by sports, mainly soccer, through my younger years but I always had access and drive to create art. In about 5th grade I realized that I couldn’t draw anything that was realistic, so I’d draw and create caricatures and abstract stuff (like the flyfishfood logo) that would freak out my teachers. I guess the sculpture of a figure in a hooded robe with his mouth sewn shut was the kicker for her… ”
Art Mascots Cheech FlyFishFood

and it gets groovier and groovier from thereon.

click the moustache for the whole bit and be sure to dig through the Fly Fish Food site for tons of awesome reggae-inspired flies. enjoy !

a Wind Knot in the making

by Takashi Kuwahara

always fun, inspiring yet somewhat whimsical at least at first viewing, Takashi’s drawings are also often food for thought.

outside of being a delightful drawing, today’s image shows us a caster that has multiple problems, the least being that he’ll most likely end up with knot(s) in his leader and a messy presentation because there’s slack from the line hand all the way to the fly but more importantly because this is a serious safety issue, his casting plane is still on his right shoulder even though there’s a hard wind blowing onto it. this is one of the best ways to wear a hook.
hopefully it’s a barbless hook and this guy will work on the Five Essentials of Fly Casting in the near future…

wind-knot in the making - Kuwahara

giffed flies for giffed fish.

some nice little gifts for us from The Watershed

tumblr_n4ycr5eDJk1taq0qwo1_1280tumblr_n4yc4kMRGF1taq0qwo1_1280this should come in handy when we’re in one of those
‘can’t figure out what fly to use for whatever that species is’ moods.

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.

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Slint the Red Hooded

red-hood

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.

‘it’s the first time i’ve ever seen anyone smile when they do that…

by Takashi Kuwahara

snag smile TLC 2-11-13

i hope this turns into a trend.

a Whale of a story

“A ship landing on a whale mistaken for an island in an early thirteeth century bestiary (London, British Library, Harley MS 4751, f. 69r, c. 1230-1240).”

Sea Monsters (C van Duzer)
“In the Indian Ocean there are whales which are so large that they seem to be islands. And sometimes because of the soil they have on them plants grow on their backs. Men crossing the sea sometimes land on these whales, which, when they feel the movement of men on them, hurry down into the depths, and so the men are drowned.”

bad, bad fishes !  click the pic for lots more map monsters on BibliOdyssey. enjoy !

“Brown Trout”

by Dan Sharley via MidCurrent

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wallfish

Corinne Dardé loves taking images of Parisian walls. i love her images.

corinne dardé wallfish 4-8-13

wet spectrum

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 !

bluegill Daniel Lopezbe sure to click the image to access Daniel’s site for a lot more sunshiny eye candy. enjoy !

sterility |stəˈrilitē|

by David Bowen

“This installation draws information from the intensity and movement of the water in a remote location. Wave data is being collected in real-time from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data buoy Station 46246 (49°59’7″ N 145°5’20” W) on the Pacific Ocean. The wave intensity and frequency is scaled and transferred to the mechanical grid structure installed at The National Museum in Wroclaw, Poland. The result was a simulation of the physical effects caused by the movement of water from this distant location.”

miles away from the beauty, colors and sounds of the real thing, maybe what’s missing most in this replication is life. and bubbles. and fish. and plankton, and birds and a billion other things that make this most fascinating element so special. sterility isn’t necessarily a bad thing though, what we’re left with here is an exterior form and outside of extraordinary haphazard occurrences, this form can never be the same so, i still like it.

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.