Haven't posted in a while. Been blazing hot here on the prairies! With temps hovering around 30ºC for the past two months, it's hard to convince yourself to go sit in a float tube or wade in a river in that heat.
So I've been pre-occupied with other distractions. For one, we've been preparing for the upcoming archery whitetail deer season that is fast approaching. Picked myself up a new bow, Hoyt Alphaburner and have been practicing daily shooting at a variety of distances and situations.
I've always spent some time behind the drawing table working on an entry for the Fisheries Enhancement Stamp Competition. I wanted to do my favorite fish and represent it in its nature surroundings, as if you were underwater with it. So I came up with this.
One of my favorite ways to fish brown trout is to use topwater deerhair patterns. The discovery of this was when I noticed traveling sedges scooting across the water. I tied on a Goddard Caddis and tried to mimic the sedges. This is where my topwater obsession began and is still my favorite way to fish for trout. This drawing depicts what the trout see, and includes the pattern that started it all for me, the Goddard Caddis.
It's good to finally be finished it. It was a heck of a challenge and overall I'm pleased with the results. The competition is for artists to get recognition for their talents and depict local gamefish in our province. The chosen artwork is reproduced as limited edition prints and is also made into an enhancement stamp that is then placed on all the fishing licenses sold in the province. So it's a great opportunity for artists to get their name out there and show their talents. I'm excited about it!
Anyways, I'm looking forward to fall fishing and hunting out here! It's arguably the most beautiful time of year out here and it's going to be busy spent outdoors! Deer hunting, waterfowl hunting, and fly fishing, it's going to be a ton of fun!