An attention to detail – Custom Crowley Lake Cutthroat Trout Replica

We all have our favorite lakes and streams to fish. A special place we return to each season with the promise of catching a beautiful trophy. Luke Filmer of Blackwater Fish Replicas understands this passion and has channeled his love of fishing into creating custom hand painted fish replica art sculptures for clients all over the world. Using only a photograph, Luke captures unique details of salmon, steelhead and trout, allowing him to create a custom fish replica that will preserve his client’s memory of that perfect day on the water.

Lake Crowley Cutthroat photo used for fish replica art by Luke Filmer
Gene T. (right) with his trophy Crowley Lake Cutthroat

Gene T. was referred to Luke by a local fishing guide who had been following Blackwater’s Facebook page for years. Lake Crowley Cutthroat fishing guideKnowing how important details were to Gene, the guide knew Luke’s ability to create incredibly realistic fish replicas would be a good fit.

After viewing Luke’s fish replica art online, Gene called Luke to discuss his ideas and observations of what he felt was his best Crowley Lake trout. (Gene returns to Crowley Lake every spring and fall, so he had quite a few trout options for a fish replica mount!). The conversation lead to an idea to incorporate some of the sand and rocks from the shoreline of Crowley Lake into the mount. They both felt this would add authenticity to the art piece…and Gene was thrilled with Luke’s willingness to go above-and-beyond to create a truly custom fish art piece for his home.

California Cutthroat fish replica sculpture painted by fish artist Luke Filmer of Blackwater Fish Replicas
Custom Crowley Lake Cutthroat fish replica by Luke Filmer

One of the many interesting things about this particular trout was the minimal spot patterns down the side of the fish. In addition to capturing the unique spot pattern, Gene asked Luke to be sure to paint the violet flash down the middle and in the gills. Crowley Lake CA cutthroat fish replica painted by fish artist Luke Filmer of Blackwater Fish Replicas

Luke was able to pick-out these details from Gene’s photo and incorporate them into the fish replica.

The final fish art piece not only mirrors the beauty of Gene’s trout, but with the addition of the Lake Crowley sand, it also captures the beauty of the place in which he caught the fish.

Cutthroat fish replica on custom oval panel by fish artist Luke Filmer of Blackwater Fish Replicas
Cutthroat fish replica by Luke Filmer of Blackwater Fish Replicas

Next time you are fishing your favorite stream or lake, remember to take a photo so someday you can order a custom fish replica preserving the memory of your great adventure!

See below for tips on fishing in California.

cropped-luke-filmer_fishing_2.jpgBeing a fisherman myself, I understand the importance of capturing all the details that make these trophy fish so special to us”  – Luke Filmer

How to order a custom fiberglass fish replica art sculpture by fish artist Luke Filmer of Blackwater Fish Replicas.

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