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Circling Trout Series

A new series that is under way is the Circling Trout Series. This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while. Inspired by both tattoo art of koi fishes and a painting done by the extremely talented Yusniel Santos, I finally took the time to sketch out a concept and pose I liked.

Starting with the three most popular, Brook/Brown/Rainbow, and adding more to the series as time progresses and allows. These are all done in watercolour pencils with a Copic marker base coat. The first piece, the Brown Trout, was the test piece to try out using the marker background and see how it would work out. This method, which I had never heard of done before, works amazing! I sketched out the general layout and then filled it in with the marker. After I let it thoroughly dry, I begin adding in the watercolour pencils, layer after layer, building up the depth and colour richness. The marker gives a perfect neutral grey background in which I can build from that helps make the colours pop better than your typical white paper background.

Decals are coming very soon for this series and the Atlantic Salmon and Steelhead pieces are underway.

Circling Trout Promo

 

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.

brown skeleton promo

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Quiet Anticipation

Dry fly fishing can be exciting but requires a lot of patience. Sometimes everything works out and you get a fish to rise to your fly. This however is the moment of truth. Whether you're going to fool the fish or you'll get a harsh refusal.

Dry fly fishing can be exciting but requires a lot of patience. Sometimes everything works out and you get a fish to rise to your fly. This however is the moment of truth. Whether you’re going to fool the fish or you’ll get a harsh refusal.

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

Leopard Brown Trout

One of the reasons why brown trout are one of my favorite fish to chase besides the challenge is the diversity of the species. Red spots, black spots, no spots, heavily spotted, each fish is unique and no two browns are the same. Each fish has spotting, colouring, and even body shape that is exclusive to that specific fish. Depending on where you fish also affects how they look. Different strains and genetics are found across the country. In some areas, fish will have a lot of spots, and in other water bodies, fish will be almost void of spots altogether. Even the type of water can affect how browns look. Tannic water vs clear water.

This drawing depicts a heavily spotted brown, a prize in any fly fisherman’s photo album.

For any fly fisherman, a heavily spotted brown is the ultimate small stream reward. It's amazing that a fish with such a mosaic of spotting and exaggerated colour could disappear in their home waters, and yet, they do all the time. Mixed Media - watercolour pencils and digital editing Original artwork by Nick Laferriere

For any fly fisherman, a heavily spotted brown is the ultimate small stream reward. It’s amazing that a fish with such a mosaic of spotting and exaggerated colour could disappear in their home waters, and yet, they do all the time.
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