Garcia River Valley, California

Occasionally for lack of better fishing I try at the dwindling winter steelhead runs of the coast just north of San Francisco. Most people fish the Russian or Gualala, while I prefer the further Garcia and Navarro rivers for their scenery. With winter steelhead the fishing hardly matters because I never catch any anyway, fly fishing. I was pretty sure I was sitting in a patch of bare but budding poison oak on a steep slope above the floodplain to gain this view and paint this quick sketch. Back home a few days later I had a spot of rash on my wrists and was glad I had worn my waders. This is another good example of flyfishing and painting symbiosis.

price: $100

image size: 9" x 6.5"

framed size: 14" x 11.5"