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 Sequim, Wash. – September 2017 –   With year-around access to the outdoors, Luke Filmer knew he would (some-day) move his art studio to Sequim. Not only would the Olympic Peninsula allow him to explore his love for fly fishing, but more importantly it was a natural fit to relocate a business with a mission to support “catch-and-release” fishing efforts.  Using photographs and measurements, Luke creates incredibly life-like fiberglass fish replica art sculptures of Salmon, Steelhead and Trout. “There is a peacefulness and serenity in what I do…and I try and capture the spirit of the fish in each custom art piece I create,” comments Luke. Luke’s passion for the species and its preservation is clearly reflected in each art piece he designs.

Luke Filmer of Blackwater Fish Replicas started his business in 1998 and has created over 600 custom fish replica art sculptures for clients all over the world. His art has been featured in numerous articles and on local Northwest television programs.  To learn more visit or or call (360) 683-0138

Looking for a unique story about an artist that has found a way to support “catch & release” fishing efforts? We have a number of story ideas that may get your pen moving (or fingers typing?)…and your editor’s attention! We can help with background information, photos, quotes, interviews, testimonials, bio, or any content that may be helpful for your story. Contact Carola at (360) 683-0138 or email

Double Chinook display for Carson National Fish Hatchery, Carson WA.

Double Chinook Steelhead display for Carson National Fish Hatchery, Carson WA.

Carson National Fish Hatchery Interpretive Display Project:  Luke Filmer of Blackwater Fish Replicas was commissioned to create an interpretive display intended to educate the viewer through an exhibit that “tells-a-story”.  The display represents a male and female Chinook Salmon positioned over a streambed habitat base and illustrates the common behavior of a salmon pair actively involved in the spawning process.  Currently on display at the Carson National Fish Hatchery located at 14041 Wind River Highway in Carson, WA 98610.  Visitors are welcomed from 7:30am to 4:00pm daily.

Luke Filmer hand-painting fish scales on custom three dimensional fish sculpture

Luke Filmer hand-painting scales on custom fish sculpture


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