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“Running the Gauntlet”

“Running the Gauntlet”
36″ x 18″
Acrylic on Canvas

Finally I’ve put down the brush and call it complete. The inspiration behind this piece is based from my personal experience here in British Columbia last fall. We witnessed big predatory bull trout hunting spawning kokanee salmon in the crystal clear glacial waters around here. It was something I won’t soon forget and look forward to the event again this year.

For those who aren’t familiar with these two species, they are both endangered in much of their home waters. Habitat loss has been a huge contributing factor to the demise of both species. British Columbia is regarded as one of the last great strongholds for these stunning mountain salmonids.

This was my first big painting and really enjoyed the journey. It was an idea I had in my head for a while and I’m happy with how it turned out.

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“Running the Gauntlet”

Columbia River Bull Trout

Bull trout in the Columbia River, BC.

Columbia River Bull Trout drawing

Columbia River Bull Trout drawing

columbia river bull trout

Columbia River Bull Trout

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Kokanee Salmon in the Columbia River…bull trout food.

Landlocked Sockeye Salmon called Kokanee.

Landlocked Sockeye Salmon called Kokanee.

Bull Trout Digital Art

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.

Bull Trout Nick Laferriere