Tuesday, November 20, 2018

The Art of John Piacquadio

I follow quite a few artists and creative types on social media and have always enjoyed the work of John Piacquadio as he quite often takes something that is already art in the form of a hand tied fly and then makes more art from it with ink, paint and paper.

I contacted John over the weekend and asked if he would share a few images and thoughts on his art for a T.F.M. post.  He sent along a few images and then I grabbed a few more from his Facebook page this morning.  There are a lot of images here but well worth a slow scroll through taking each piece in one by one. 

John wrote...  "The original focus of flies as a subject for my work came out of being a fly tier and growing interest in mindfulness. I remember a few years back wondering how well I really ‘knew’ the fly I was tying after the second dozen of a particular pattern, understanding every twist of dubbing, knowing what animal my material was coming from, knowing the unseen layer that lay under the top seen layers. 

I wondered if I could somehow artistically reproduce these flies on paper in some unforgiving medium where I couldn’t erase or go over...an experiment in just innately knowing the fly.  Was it in me, with just a wave of the hand, and a stroke of a brush...would the fly would magically appear?  Ink became that unforgiving medium.  The experiment appeared to be a success.   I recently started expanding my subjects as well as my medium.

I’ve started matting and framing the paintings with the actual tied flies they are based on.  Some of my work has turned into commemorative pieces for clients wanting to remember a special time on the river."

Visit the John Piacquadio website to see more of his work and be sure to follow along on Instagram as well.

THE MISSION - Issue 12

The latest issue of The Mission is live and covers a lot of bases over it's 96 pages.  They saved the "Glass Geek" article for near the end of this issue with Dr. Danie Pienaar taking on tigerfish with his ECHO Bad Ass Glass eight weight.  Sounds fun enough if you don't mind those chompers.


Monday, November 19, 2018

THIS IS FLY - Issue 70

The latest issue of This Is Fly went live late last week and it's a perfect reprieve from all the work you found on your desk this morning.  Pour another cup of coffee, click play on the mixtape and enjoy.

Be sure to check out the article on fiberglass wonder worker Chris Barclay of C. Barclay Fly Rod Co. by Dave Fason along with the "Westbound & Up" which also features his photography.


#OptTenkaraSale - STARTS NOW!

It hardly seems possible that Thanksgiving is this week and with it will come a cornucopia of sales and offers.  Tenkara USA is ahead of the curve with their #OptTenkaraSale which begins today and ends on Monday, November 26th.

Save on all six of the Tenkara USA rods and pick up a copy of Tenkara -The Book for half off.

Be sure to visit the Tenkara USA to check out the sale.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Swing Season - Ghost Of Steelhead Future

Sage is back with another well done story to watch and consider.  Press PLAY...

Take a minute to scroll through the Swing Season page on the Sage website.  It's worth a look at the imagery and read the words too.

LOON LIVE: Swing for Glory

After a short hiatus, Loon Outdoors is back on schedule with another Loon Live tying session this evening.  Tonight's step by step pattern instruction include Anderson's Euphoria and the Wiggle Squid.  It's time to get your steelhead boxes back in shape.

Jump on this session HERE.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018


Grossman punches the clock of 40, Jason Tucker finds brook trout in new places, two "scientists" get nerdy on what's in the water, the Floridian Viking shares a favorite streamer pattern, Rick Crawford's does some real talk on the environment, Puckett and Benson tell a story and much more are all packed into the freshest issue of Southern Culture On The Fly.