Fish Food – Brown Trout
Limited Edition of 200, 21″ x 28″ – $170.00
Open Edition 8″ x 10″ – $30.00
The Bow River in Alberta, Canada has some of the best trout fishing in North America. The river basin west of Calgary, with its adjacent lakes, provides food to sustain a large population of brown trout. They eat smaller fish such as parr rainbow and rocky mountain whitefish. Besides a fish diet, brown trout eat insects and a variety of other invertebrates. Larvae, nymphs, worms and leeches are added to the list of fish food.
In the composition, “Fish Food,” two brown trout are about to dine – one on a mayfly dunn and the other on a parr rainbow. These trout are wary, often hiding in the shadows of overhanging banks and vegetation. When it is sunny, fishermen must remain concealed and fish the shadows.
Darkness is the best time to fish for these shy trout. Large browns rise for insects and often splash the water like beavers signaling danger with their tails. As a young boy, it was exciting to pole a raft with Dad to where the browns were jumping. In the black of night we would listen and look for the splashes. Then Dad would hook one. While reaching for the landing net and flashlight, my heart raced. On one occasion, the net was brought up directly under a huge brown trout. It was so long and deep through, it did not bend. Being small and trying to lift this heavy fish with the net caused the fish to slip off and the fly to catch on the net. The brown threw the hook and disappeared. Dad assured me that there would be others to practice on and reminded me that when landing a big fish, always net it head first. In the sixty-five years since, this lesson has never needed repeating!