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Brown Trout Skeleton

A big brown trout is a wary adversary in its home waters. They know every rock and current seam in their section of the stream and fooling one can prove to be utterly frustrating. Their mood changes by the minute and can go from chasing other trout to delicately sipping tiny midges or mayflies within only a few minutes. But with stealth, patience, and time spent learning their habits, you can fool the wary resident brown and be a worthy contestant to the brown’s game. It is the challenge of catching brown trout in their home waters that keeps me going back. They provide the highest highs and the lowest lows.

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King of Kypes

A few years back I saw a picture of a big male Atlantic Salmon, all dressed up in spawning attire, and it blew my mind! I had never seen such a unique fish! Complex spotting, tons of detail, and a massive scythe of a kype. Atlantic Salmon quickly became one of my top target fish I wanted to catch and it still is. I challenged myself to try and recreate a full-decked out male Atlantic with pencils and digital editing. After close to 80 hours, I finally was happy with how it looked. I was blown away at the amount of detail. I didn’t realize this until I actually started working on the piece.

The King of Kypes, a big male Atlantic has the most pronounced and exaggerated kype out of all the salmonids. They look like a brown trout you stretched out and made to look even more menacing. Mixed Media - watercolour pencils and digital editing Original Artwork by Nick Laferriere

The King of Kypes, a big male Atlantic has the most pronounced and exaggerated kype out of all the salmonids. They look like a brown trout you stretched out and made to look even more menacing.
Mixed Media – watercolour pencils and digital editing
Original Artwork by Nick Laferriere

Hookjaw on the Move

A big brown trout is a wary adversary in its home waters. They know every rock and current seam in their section of the stream and fooling one can prove to be utterly frustrating. Their mood changes by the minute and can go from chasing other trout to delicately sipping tiny midges or mayflies within only a few minutes. But with stealth, patience, and time spent learning their habits, you can fool the wary resident brown and be a worthy contestant to the brown’s game. It is the challenge of catching brown trout in their home waters that keeps me going back. They provide the highest highs and the lowest lows. There’s just some days when no matter what you do, they always seem to have the upper hand.
This piece depicts a resident brown moving in a freestone stream. Big browns will have a few favorite lies where they frequent. If you’re patient and observe carefully you can catch them cruising from one hide out to another. There are times when a brown trout can completely conceal themselves from the world in flooded timber or in an undercut bank. But if you’re lucky, you can catch one of these brutes cruising away from cover.

Original Artwork owned by April Vokey. Thanks April.

A cruising brown trout making quick work of cruising across a vulnerable shallow section to another one of its favorite hide outs. Watercolour Pencil and Graphite Pencil Original Artwork by Nick Laferriere

A cruising brown trout making quick work of cruising across a vulnerable shallow section to another one of its favorite hide outs.
Watercolour Pencil and Graphite Pencil
Original Artwork by Nick Laferriere