Posts Tagged ‘trout tattoo

17
Oct
13

Life: My Trout Has Wrinkles……………

When things are taut and toned, that inclination comes about for ink. A design, a reminder of something important is etched, burned, cut, blitzed into your mind and flesh. Ah, so wonderful, so edgy, so you.

But then you gets dehydrated, or hell you start shrinking and losing muscle and suddenly that work of art has ‘wrinkles’? My Trout has wrinkles?!?

Retrieve SB BThe other day, I asked my wife to take a photo of me doing a figure 8 retrieve. I figured I would write something about presentation and various retrievals of flies. My wife said, “turn your arm a little bit…make your arm tighter…hmmm?….your arm is wrinkled…you aren’t going to like this…flex your arm somehow”. What?!!!!

My Trout Tattoo had wrinkles…I had wrinkles. Vanity spare me the cruel self reflections. Enough already with this downward slide into atrophy and age spots.

Tat and Fish SB B

“When you’re 50 you start thinking about things you haven’t thought about before. I used to think getting old was about vanity – but actually it’s about losing people you love. Getting wrinkles is trivial.” (Eugene O’Neill)

Vanity, calculations to impress or self satisfy. I imagined all Last Winter and Spring, posing a beautiful Trout in line with my Trout Tattoo. I imagined the colors, the contrast of the real against the imagined. The time came, but my Trout  had wrinkles. No matter! Trout caught/released.

09
Oct
12

Tattoo Love: SwittersB (the Canvas) & Paul Zenk (the Inkster)

TAT/STAT VANITY DAY!

Just the other day, I alluded to a renovation of SwittersB’s Trout Tattoo. For too long the beautiful Trucha has been hovered there on my left forearm, chasing a nymph and seeming suspended and isolated.

tattoo-trout-SwittersB-photography-Jere Ware

Over the years, I had entertained other tattoos for the Trout, but all of them seemed to much in contrast with the fish: Liberty torch, Giant Dragon Fly, Dagger, reclining nude…see what I mean? But, a vision entered my mind of structure, of habitat for the fish. But I didn’t want just a blue layer above to suggest water. I thought more of snags and rocks.

I had some basic ideas and I finally settled upon the quest. I ended up at Infinity Tattoo in North Portland and upon looking at the ‘work books’ of the artist, one artist popped out…Paul Zenk @ Infinity Tattoo. He had done work that was quite close to what I was looking for: tree/snag and rock wise. Nothing with a fish though. I set up the consultation, met Paul and conveyed my ideas and like a spark of genius he started sketching on my arm and paper with suggestions that went well beyond my timid vision. Wow! I said. Done. Let’s do this.

The appointment was set and last week SwittersB’s Trout joined together with Paul Zenk’s vision and what a powerful result. More than I could have imagined. Of course, it is healing now and not suitable for prime time viewing just yet, but the pictures at the time, will give you ample clues as to how amazing a job Paul Zenk did on my forearm.

Total time was around 5 hours. Yes, that was a bit rough after say 3 hours. Mind control becomes a necessity. But, I could not be happier with the outcome and it is a perfect way to celebrate something else…as long as we are on the vanity kick….why not: SwittersB passed the 3,000,000 views mark early today. Yeehaw….thank you loyal and misguided visitors to SwittersB & Fly Fishing!!!

So, here are a few photographs of the tattoo work from beginning to end, more or less and they will give you an idea of the vision and the beautiful outcome.

tattoo-trout-SwittersB-Paul Zenk-photography

This was at the beginning, after Paul Zenk applied the ‘template’ that provides a very basic concept. The rest is in the artist’s mind and hands. Trust is a factor. I had it.

tattoo-trout-SwittersB-Paul Zenk-photography

The template is inked in. Here you can get a glimpse of the rock and branches idea.

tattoo-trout-Paul Zenk-SwittersB

Paul Zenk doing his thing.

tattoo-Paul Zenk-trout-SwittersB-photography

The vision is quite evident by now…SwittersB’s Trout has a definite home.

Tattoo-Trout-Rocks-Paul Zenk-SwittersB-photography

Just finished in the shop. This is a straight on shot, and does not show the top of the forearm (more tree trunk/stump and water surface) nor the bottom of the forearm (beautiful colored rocks in various shades).

I am sure you will agree the tattoo is a serious upgrade and truly amazing. Thank you Paul Zenk. Tattoos are a love ’em or leave ’em alone sort of deal. I understand the image or perceptions and the full range of tastes out there. Of course, I did this for me. In the end, it all goes toward my vision, my personal perceptions, my celebrations. I hope you agree, it is a beautiful piece of work. 

08
Oct
12

Tattoo Overhaul: SwittersB’s Trout

Coming real soon to a monitor near you…SwittersB’s tattoo, the colorful Rainbow Trout chasing the Nymph will be magnificently enhanced and even more amazing. Don’t you just cringe when one self promotes? Well, with good reasons.

22
Mar
10

Fly Fishing: The Necessary Emergers

The usual fly fishing progression for a beginner is a floating line and a dry fly. The emphasis is on the surface presentation with the dry. The casting is easier, the presentation easier and the takes visible. The match the hatch mantra seems primary.


Then the beginner is told that fish spend the vast majority of their time feeding subsurface on nymphs. So the fly fisher still uses the floating line, but must now adapt to the nymph and perhaps split shot and a strike indicator. Nymphing must be learned and practiced when no surface
activity (hatch, rises) is evident. A lot of fish are caught this way. Also, Streamers and wet flies are stripped and swung.


As the studies and observations progress, the fly fisher dabbles with a bushy dry fly followed by a dropper pattern. From his studies, he has noticed there is a place in between the fly on the surface and the nymph crawling/drifting along the bottom…this middle to upper strata is a new realm of insects striving for the surface. I don’t suggest a dry/dropper set up for the beginner, unless the casts are kept short (15′ to 25′) with an open loop. It is not that this rig is not productive, rather it just is not an easy setup to cast without tangles for the beginner.


At this point the beginning fly fisher has amassed a body of vague knowledge of the aqua-realm from top to bottom and can operate with occasional success. However, there is one area that should be recognized by the beginner as every bit as important as that celebrated primary realm..the top..the surface…the dry fly realm. The Emerger realm should be  viewed as, in many instances, equal to or more important for success than the surface dry fly world.

The emergence of an insect (the vertical emergence, not the horizontal crawl-swim emergence) does start at the bottom, but let’s consider the emergence as three progressions/zones: the bottom zone of the stream/lake; the middle zone where the fly moves quickly upward, or wiggles up and down in a teasing dance; and the upper zone where the flies pass through toward the surface in that gluttonous food cart paradise in the top few feet or inches of space below the meniscus.

The bottom zone is fished with various larva/pupa/nymph patterns and accounts for all those feeding fish. The middle zone is often fished as the fly is either retrieved upward through the zone (stillwater) or the fly swings up through it (rivers). Again, a very productive zone. But, for beginners, the upper zone is the neglected zone.

On a lake the fly fisher retrieves to the surface and once within that upper foot or so, they usually have retrieved the fly close to the angler. The fly is jerked upward and loaded to the rear as the cast is hastened to get back down into the lower zones (have you ever hooked a fish on that backward rip…the fly takes the fly at the very end as you jerk toward the surface. On a stream it is much the same technique and again, hits sometimes comes at the top.

I am going to suggest that the beginning fly fisher develop a taste for the upper zone emerger and fish it before, during and after the hatch. Tie or buy emergers that include unweighted nymphs, parachute emergers, stillborn patterns, sinking dry flies.  I would recommend the following book as your emerger bible…….

Along with your fly patterns, study rise forms. In particular watch for those subsurface flashes of fish slashing through the rising bugs. Look for those swirls, porpoises, splats, quick sips and slow sips. That original floating line will be your primary fly line, although on a lake if you are hesitant to change rods or spools, you can get by with that Intermediate. Emergers…no fuss, many options, and it can ride in the film or sink a bit. Study them, tie them or buy them and use ’em.

How To Fish Emergers

“Any fly that imitates the natural of the hour without hackle, or with parachute hackle, can make a good emerger. Just trimming the hackle off a standard dry fly with your scissors can also make a dry fly more effective. But flies designed specifically as emergers get the profile of an emerging insect just right. You will read about cripples or transitional duns as well as emergers, but I have trouble believing a trout can tell whether a mayfly is in trouble or just emerging.

Certain hatches are best fished with emergers. For Baetis (Blue-Winged Olive), Pale Morning Dun, Pale Evening Dun, March Brown, and Isonychia mayflies, an emerger pattern will almost always outfish a standard dry. And nine times out of ten, you’ll hook more rising fish during caddis and midge hatches with an emerger than with a high floating dry.”

Top to bottom: BWO Emerger, Timerberline Emerger, The Orb Emerger tied by SwittersB

06
Sep
09

Trout Tattoo Pays Respect To Grandfather & Mentor

Ashley Hupke was recently visiting SwittersB’s site and checking out the trout tattoos. She remarked on her own tat and I asked her to share her tattoo and how it came about. I hope some of us can be a worthy enough example to the children in our lives to warrant such respect as Ashley has for her grandfather.

Ashley Hupke (Pays Homage to Grandfather)

Ashley Hupke (Pays Homage to Grandfather)

My Grandfather was born in Mapleton, IA July 11th 1937 and died in Boulder, CO May 13th 2009. He was the father I never had growing up. When I was about 3 years old he started taking me to the lake close to his home and taught me how to fish. During our fishing trips we have taken throughout his lifetime and mine we have mostly fished for trout. I decided that a rainbow trout was a perfect match to remember my grandfather not only because we fished for them but because the bright original colors bring back happy memories. (my tattoo has strips of color if you look closely you can see forest green, orange, red, and pink) The last fishing trip I made with my grandfather before he passed away was a family trip to Maloney Lake in Nebraska. He was my inspiration and I am thankful for every moment spent with him. Even if the time I had was short I will cherish his memory for a lifetime.” (Ashley Hupke, September, 2009)

Ashley Trout

Ashley Hupke's Trout Tattoo

26
Jan
09

Trout Tattoo by Chris Harrison

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This tattoo of a trout by Chris Harrison of Atlantis Tattoo in Milford, CT. has nice lines. The outline would be suitable for all the trout species of the New England area. Not sure if Chris is still working at that site but in case…(203) 878-3167.

12
Jan
09

Trout Tattoo (Pedro Dorsey~Portland, OR)

Trout Tattoo by Pedro Dorsey

Trout Tattoo by Pedro Dorsey

Several years ago, when the idea coalesced in my mind to get a tattoo of a trout on my forearm, I researched ink artist in Portland and came up with two that seemed to have some experience with freshwater fish (sans Koi). First, I went to the Optic Nerve parlor in NE Portland. I took a look at his work and noted an excellent rendition of a Chinook Salmon. Cool! I thought. I started to make an appointment…two months to see Pedro…then probably another four months til the work would be done. Being an only child and possessed with a twinge of immediate gratification syndrome from somewhere…I said adios. I headed to my backup and equally qualified…Jerry Ware…booked and done in two months. Now, if Pedro is so good that he is booked up for months on end…so be it. So, here is his offering to our trout tattoo gods…I could not copy the work….so I photo’s it and a bit of piracy aside…there it is… not adequate I know…so check out Pedro at the Optic Nerve site for a better glimpse of his Trout/Trucha…as usual the thumbnails do not do justice to the works of these artists, so sorry for the quality of the pic.

http://www.opticnervearts.com/index.html

http://www.atlastattoo.com/jerry-ware.php  

Pedro's Trucha y Trout

Pedro's Trucha y Trout

23
Dec
08

Fly Fishing Visitors to swittersb’s blog (please tell me where you’re from)

SwittersB~Christmas Is. 2007

SwittersB~Christmas Is. 2007

 

I recently tried installing a mapping tool on my side bar and found even a few hours input fascinating. However, the widget skewed my right side and had to remove the mapping device. So, if you come across this baited post, would you mind dropping a comment to me so I can see where my visitors come from and one thing you are most interested in and would like to see more of…??

Here is a small two hour window of visitor employing the mapping tool and their locations I noted and enjoyed receiving… I would appreciate any feedback.

 

Portland, OR, United States  
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San Ramon, CA, United States  
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Rockland, ME, United States  
Quebec, QC, Canada  
Athens, Greece  
Las Vegas, NV, United States  
Melbourne, Australia

 

19
Jul
08

Trout Tattoo Art 3 (Laughing Buddha Hooked Up)

Laughing Buddha Flyfishing
Laughing Buddha Flyfishing
“I loved drawing and tattooing this piece. The client gave me the idea and said to do my thing so here it is. He flew all the way in from Anchorage Alaska just to get this tattoo, nearly 5000 miles. It is quite flattering when someone is willing to travel that far for my artwork.”

TONY’S TATTOO

SUPERB FRENCH FLY TYING

FLYFISHING’S ARROGANCE

BRIAN OKEEFE’S WISDOM

04
Jul
08

Vesica Piscis (Tony’s Tat)

Well, am I receiving an interesing number of visits, for my amazing shared knowledge about flyfishing or flytying? Nope, but about what I thought would be a transitory, aritistic novelty; a small defining look at us (Tony and me) a brief, fun moment…about tattoos…fish tattoo’s. Not those Koi ones…no, the resonating, freshwater ones. So, I will take  a momentary hint and provide a couple more shots and then back to what I thought was the real intent of this blog. Just kidding!   Tony Muncy’s Tattoo by Jerry Ware of Atlas Tattoo, Portland, Oregon 2007 (See June 4, 2008 post too)

https://swittersb.wordpress.com/2008/06/14/the-moment/

https://swittersb.wordpress.com/2008/07/10/trout-tattoo-art/

https://swittersb.wordpress.com/2008/08/07/nymphs-still-seducing-us/




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