Silver Creek Nature Conservancy, Idaho

Saturday when I arrived it was too windy to fish so I sketched and scouted a bit. Sunday I fished with intensity and hooked two big rainbows but one broke my line and the other got off with a good jump close to me. It was very windy and the dry fly specialists were having a tough time, but I was mostly using small nymphs. I thought just hooking two good ones was satisfying enough.

Monday I went back to the same pool and sketched as the fish became accustomed to my presence to resume their subsurface feeding. Eventually I fished and caught two good ones there, and another good one downstream that I spotted walking by. They were sixteen to eighteen inches, not very big for this river but it felt good to spot and fish for them individually in the difficult wind. I often find that sitting and painting brings the observation and quietude that is a key to successful fly fishing.

Over the winter I produced this zinc plate etching.

Signed and numbered limited edition variete of fifty. Image size 6" x 9"...matted for standard 11 x 14 frame...$75.

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Silver Creek Nature Conservancy

Zinc Plate Etching produced with a combination of soft ground, hard ground, and aquatint Processes. Printed on Rives RFK 100% cotton rag paper with ultramarine blue ink, then hand tinted with aureolin yellow and permanent rose watercolors to produce color image.

Signed and numbered limited edition of fifty.

Price: $75, includes archival quality matting, ready for framing.

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