A spawning scene of Colorado River Cutthroat Trout, depicting a flaring male and two hens. The name is a play on words to both say they shouldn’t be fished during the spawn (no strings attached) and because they’re spawning and they don’t form pair bonds. (no strings attached).
I had a lot of fun on this one and learned a ton about water reflection/refraction. It took a long time and several repaints to get the water just right.
As with anything, the painting looks better in person and doesn’t translate very well on a computer screen. But alas, it’s the best I can do.
Bull Trout, the apex predator in any mountain stream. Stories from anglers of giant bull trout slashing at their hooked cutty are of the plenty. Their size, their aggression, and their attitude make them one of the most gnarly of the trout family, and are unfortunately forgotten in the art culture of fly fishing.
Here’s a Bull Trout piece I did solely on the WACOM tablet thru Photoshop.