Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Every Picture Tells a Story

This original artwork was done for me by Guy Jacobson. Guy is one of the "Friends of the Quiet Pool" listed on this blog and his website can be found HERE
I think only a person who really cares about wild trout could accomplish this sort of art.
This fish was hooked by me on the Kilchis river last October. He was "slurping" just down from me and I couldn't figure out what it was he was taking. I knew he had a little size to him but I was pretty sure my four weight bamboo could handle him. After trying a at least a dozen different patterns which this trout summarily ignored I moved up stream so my fly would drift down into the slot where he was laying. That was the ticket because this 17" native coastal cutthroat hit my fly so hard it actually took the reel off my bamboo rod. It must have been hilarious to watch me try to fight this hot fish and replace my reel back onto my rod at the same time.
I didn't have my camera on me and of course a wild fish needs to be put back in the water very quickly. Another angler did a quick measurement and before I safely released this wonderful trout.
While I may not have a picture of this fish I did have it forever etched into my memory and Guy did the rest. This fish and the others I caught and released last season are definitely worth fighting for. It breaks my heart that coastal cutthroat trout could be killed in 2009 thanks to the short sighted agency that is put in charge of protecting our wild trout anf failing miserably to do so!
Thanks to Guy I will forever have this wonderful memory to look upon in years to come.
Thanks Guy! You are a great artist and true friend.


  1. Very wonderful memory of a fish and a pursuit. A moment in time captured by an artist. Hang that one in a prominent place.

  2. Anonymous5:57 AM

    Nice art, Shane. Is Guy a local, or how did you come across him? I would definitely like something like that or possibly a wood carving of one of my catches. I enjoyed your "Are You an Expert" post too.

  3. Guy and I have known each other for a few years. I was unaware that he was a wildlife artist though and when I saw his work I knew I wanted something by him.
    Guy lives in Camas, Washington

  4. Thanks all for the comments.

    Shane, I am so glad you are pleased with this work since you appreciate the beauty of these fish more than anyone I know.

    If anyone is interested, I am looking into getting high quality "giclee" prints made. On recommendation of the gallery folks I work with, I will probably keep the edition size low, - say around 25 prints. Of course, I will make some available to support to native fish conservation causes.