Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Bounty Of Long Island Sound


Just so you know, I did release these two caught within seconds of each other on a sunny afternoon by a huge rock about 800 yards off shore that I waded to on Long Island Sound on the Connecticut side at low tide back when I first started fly fishing with a 9 weight saltwater rod and reel.

These are some of the feistiest fish I  found running close to shore in the Sound. That particular year I probably caught 100 or so through the season often plugging into schools of them chasing bait fish in the channels of the changing tides. Every single one of them tested my line from start to finish.

They are exquisite in the shinning sun and pick up so much of the surrounding color and there is something rather 'handsome' about them. Love the point and counterpoint in this one and the contrast of the lighter fish and dark wet sand as well as the green flyline weaving across the painting. That's a 'Grey Ghost' fly fyi and always worked like Striper candy!

This was a 20 x 30 inch watercolor on watercolor paper. It was sold in 1998.

Must get back out to the marsh soon and catch some of their southern relatives! Reds!

Thanks again for all of you who check in over at under sunnybeachman and purchase my watercolor art and cards, t shirts, and other fun items.

More to come.....

All art copyright Alan Phillips 2015