Last Chance – Brook Trout
Limited Edition of 200, 21″ x 29″ – $170.00
Open Edition 8″ x 10″ – $30.00
Many trout in Alberta are difficult to identify. Rainbow, cutthroat, and brown trout all have black spots on the head and body. Lake trout, brook trout and bull trout are more correctly known as char. They differ from the other trout by having light spots on the body rather than black. Even anglers confuse bull trout with brook trout as both char have pink or red spots on their sides. The major difference between these char is that a bull trout has no black markings on the dorsal and caudal fins; whereas, the brook trout has such markings. Both species of char occur throughout the foothills and mountains of Alberta.
In the composition, “Last Chance,” a brook trout has taken the fly. Hooked in the upper jaw, the fish thrashes, twists, and pulls to free itself. Mustering its last bit of strength, it lunges to avoid the net. This struggle is the last chance for freedom. Once netted, the fate of the “brookie” is in the hands of the angler. Should the fish be kept or released? Regardless of the outcome, the catch creates a memory to last a lifetime.