September 25, 2013  Mountain Streams, Washington

Slightly larger than the average native fish found in most of the smaller streams in the Cascades…but with enough due diligence one can find those special places where this comes as a surprise to your dry fly and puts a very memorable bend in your ‘boo/glass/lightweight stick.  Barring massive weather systems, these should still fish well until mid to late October and many of them close November 1st, but some don’t!

photo Alex Collier



This series of paintings documents life around a pond and bush-lot on my in-laws’ property in the Upper Ottawa Valley. The subjects include plants, insects, birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, and amphibians.

The old pond
A frog jumped in
Ker plunk-

- Allen Ginsberg’s translation of Matsu Basho’s Frog Haiku

  1. Partridge. 2012. Acrylic on canvas, 48x48”
  2. Water Snake. 2012. Acrylic on canvas, 48x48”
  3. Day’s Catch. 2012. Acrylic on canvas, 48x60”
  4. Dragon Fly on the Water. 2012. Acrylic on canvas, 24x48”
  5. Beaver. 2012. Acrylic on canvas, 12x24"
  6. Wayne’s Woodpile. 2014. Acrylic on canvas, 36x60”

“…and here’s the thing about fly fishing: more often than not, you’re gonna get your ass kicked. Usually it’s a result of being unprepared, impatient, inattentive, or not-quite-as-good-as-you-think at fooling trout. But sometimes you show up mentally prepared, vest bristling with all the right flies, informed and familiar with the water, and in the company of fishermen ranging from solid to (occasionally) spectacular. And still your ass receives a thorough kicking. If the scenery doesn’t do it, the river will: humility is inevitable.”

Fly fish through Sierra Nevada with Elias Carlson in the latest #FilsonLife: http://fil.sn/FlyFishSierra

April 27, 2014  Yakima River, WA

Spring on the Yakima…different every year.  Active rainbows this time of year will actively chase a number of fly patterns both on the surface and subsurface if allowed to swing.  Give it a try, indicators are not the only way to fish this river, break out one of those many light two handers and swing away!

photo Dave McCoy


Tennant Gets Slapped By A Fish