Ed got to head out last fall with KeepEmWet and Fishbite Media. Boise happens to be one of the best trout fishing cities in America and, because of Boise State, it’s a good football town. As always, the journals inform Ed’s artwork. These are a couple sketchbook pages inspired by autumn fishing around the stadium. Ed pokes a little bit of fun at his friends in the SEC, but it is primarily the story of the lifestyle we all enjoy in the intermountain west. There are very few places one can enjoy a great football experience and catch monster trout.
It was a special privilege to be on the water and be part of what #KeepEmWet has going on. In the sport of fly fishing where getting a shot of a great fish can be dangerous, these guys have started an unbelievable movement to keep the animal in the water. And, the team knows how to gets really good shots. Keep up the great work guys. The photos included in the journal are those of Fishbite Media.
Here’s the painting that came out of the trip. It is titled “The Chase”; 3.5 x 2 ft. acrylic and ink on canvas. The original is available. Please contact the studio directly. Limited edition prints are also available.
Ed had some fun traveling the coast of Mozambique a few months back. He put together these pages about the trip.
The epic goal was to land a Giant Trevally out of a kayak. The trip was spent with Silver King Lodge, five hours north of the capital, Maputo. The guys who lived in country all had their Landcruisers rigged with Jackson Kayaks and camping gear. Ed brought along a bunch of Lamson Waterworks new reels and the team chased around the big fish.
Big thanks to Mike Sudal and James Colburn for everything.
Ed got a chance to go to Cuba and fly fish with Picabo Anglers and see the freshly opening country. With help from the No Business Lodge and Veteran Outdoors, he flew out of Miami direct to Havana with a group of 12 headed for Los Jardines de la Reina, a huge archipelago on the south side of the island.
The group made their way to Ciego and the Avalon II for a 6 day fly fishing excursion like no other. Remote living on the boat and excellent guides made the fly fishing in Cuba fantastic. Lot’s of shots at big bones, juvenile tarpon and permit. The boat itself had great food and a great staff.
All the people throughout Cuba were great, but clearly overwhelmed. The spigot has been turned on at Miami and the Americans are flowing in. The romance that was Cuba will be lost soon. The country will probably be Puerto Rico before too long.
Boise is one of the great places in America to live, for lots of reasons. An especially unique experience is to be a fly fisherman on game day. Ed gets time on the river with lots of great people. Fishbite Media’s Bryan Huskey is one of those. His storytelling is second to none–it was therefore a privilege for Ed to build these pages with some of the photos from the Fishbite catalogue.
Additionally, theres a bone in there thrown to Damon Bungard’sClemson Tigers. Ed and Damon have spent some time in the woods at the No Business Lodge and after their exceptional season, it felt right to call out the Gamecocks. Ed’s been to Columbia and seen the spectacle when USC pumps up “2001 a Space Odyssey.” Do better Cocks.
I’m very excited to be opening on Captiva Island, Florida at the Captiva Island Yacht Club next week. Most of the 10 pieces coming are originals and draw from subjects around the inland water-way. The show will hang through February and all the pieces will be for sale. The first offerings will be reserved for members, but I’ll post some prices for the entire show in the coming week. Also, prints will be made available in the coming months.
I’ve got some new boxes on the shopping side of the site. Cliff has been great building the custom streamer boxes and the Orvis Pocket Buddies are a great little grab-and-go for the river. Check them out.
It’s been great working with Cliff to distribute some of their fly boxes with my artwork. This box just went down to Drew Chicone and Salty Fly Tying in Florida. Check out his site at SaltyFlyTying.com.