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.
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.