Fly fishing offers an opportunity for relaxation as well as the use of some wonderfully engineered tools. I've built two of my own fly rods: a 7 1/2' 4-weight for small stream, dry fly fishing; and an 8'0" 5-weight travel rod that breaks down into three sections. It is fascinating to create the tool with which you practice your craft. You feel a personal connection with its personality, flaws and all.
The dry fly in this drawing is, appropriately, an Adams and is meant to provide a non-verbal signature to the piece. It's kind of an inside joke for those familiar with artificial fly patterns. It is also a product of my other hobby, fly-tying. I started tying flies in 2003 after my first trip out the Yellowstone. I've amassed quite a large collection despite my best efforts to lose them in the various rivers throughout western Montana.
Although I have no practical experience with pencil-making I would love to have the opportunity to construct a set for my own use. It would seem like the perfect way of connecting with my craft.
This limited edition drawing is available in an 11"x14" frame size. The print is produced using archival, pigment-based prints on 100% cotton rag fine art paper.