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.
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’s Clemson 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.
Ed just returned from Sanibel Island, Florida, home of the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. He is excited to announce a new partnership with this amazing refuge. Located on the Gulf of Mexico, it’s the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem in the United States with over 6,400 acres. Nearly 2,800 acres of the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge are designated as a Federal Wilderness Area. Not only is home to great fishing, it is also world famous for its spectacular migratory bird populations.
On his most recent trip, equipped with his sketchbook, Ed recorded much of his time creeping around mangrove tunnels searching for tarpon in his Jackson boat. He recalls, “the chance to get shots at these amazing fish with a fly rod and Lamson reel is an experience second to none.”
Ed’s sketchbook remains his most powerful tool for documenting his Americana experiences. Each drawing tells a story, drives a composition, experiments with color, or in most cases, acts as great therapy. Regardless of the purpose, as Ed will tell you, his sketchbook is a glimpse into how he sees and translates his world. We’re all looking forward to seeing more of Ed’s adventures in Florida with Ding Darling.