Tom contacted Luke last spring to have a custom replica designed of one of the many rainbow trout he caught on a recent fishing trip. He caught quite a few fish that day, but this one stood out in Tom’s mind as a classic rainbow trout. The fish was a female at about 7 pounds – with a length of 27″ – and had a stout girth of 14.5″.
“Although I must have caught 20 fish that day, this was the best“, he told Luke on the phone while discussing mount options. They decided to go with an elegant custom driftwood design.
A few months later Luke received another call from Tom. He had returned to the lake and after another banner day of fishing, he caught a beautiful male. “This one is even better than the last one Luke! How about we switch out the female to this big male rainbow for my custom replica mount?”.
They agreed that both fish were exceptional and it was indeed a tough-call to decide which one to mount. The fish he caught this time was a male over 27″ in length with similar girth proportions to the female he caught in the spring…both in virtually the same spot on the lake. “Why not mount both as a pair?” suggested Luke. Tom got excited and agreed that this would certainly capture the memory of both trophies and commemorate his favorite fly-fishing lake as well.
…and this is how this double rainbow trout fish replica display was born.
Two classic western rainbow trout swimming together as they were…and in all likelihood…still swimming together today.
Working together on the design ideas, Tom and Luke captured his fishing adventure in a way that combines the spirit and essence of these beautiful fish through an artistic interpretation, which will hang in Tom’s home forever.
Luke’s pride and craftsmanship shows through in every art-piece he creates, and in a way allows him to share that great day on the water with his client.
For more photos of Luke Filmer’s custom fish replicas hand-painted from photos and measurements of trophy fish – visit www.lukefilmer.com
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A long stretch of mountain highway, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, may mean little to most of the people passing by this river in their cars, but to Dave B. of Colorado, this is his happy place. Dave waits every year for winter’s cold grip to return to the mountains and this stretch of the river…because this is the time of year when BIG TROUT migrate down to the headwaters of his favorite mountain stream.
Dave choose this particular 10 lb. Cutbow Trout for his custom fiberglass fish replica created by Luke Filmer. A Cutbow trout is a hybrid cross between a Cutthroat and Rainbow trout both existing in the same stream.
As a fish artist, Luke was thrilled at the prospect of creating a new process of painting for this Cutbow fish replica. Luke decided to mix custom paints for his air-brush allowing him to perfectly blend the right shade of vibrant violets and purples for Dave’s trout replica. (Luke Filmer’s preference for air-brush fish replica paint is Polytranspar)
This project also offered an opportunity to design a museum-quality interpretive stream-bed wall mount display, creating a fish replica art sculpture that will always remind Dave of that perfect day on the river.
Consider preserving your fishing memory with a custom fiberglass fish replica designed and painted by fish artist Luke Filmer. Send your photo for a quote: EMAIL YOUR PHOTO HERE or call 360-683-0138 to discuss your project. www.lukefilmer.com
Learn more about fishing in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.
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Overseas clients want the best fish artist to create a custom fish replica to memorialize their trophy catch, but…they can be a bit nervous about their fish replica arriving to their home in one piece. Once they unpack their box or crate, they are thrilled with the expert packing and care that Luke Filmer takes to ensure each custom fish replica arrives safely to its final destination. With close to 20 years of packing and shipping fish art worldwide…we are kind-of-good-at-it!
Sometimes called “the grey ghost of the flats”, Permits are fast-swimming coastal fish that are a challenge to catch…which makes them coveted by saltwater anglers all over the world.
After returning from a fishing trip to Belize, Jim B. contacted Luke Filmer of Blackwater Fish Replicas to create a fiberglass fish replica of a 25lb. Permit he caught on his latest fishing adventure.
Using Jim’s photo and measurements, Luke captured the essence of this trophy class Permit, which will hang proudly over Jim’s bar…no doubt inspiring many fishing stories for years to come!
Congratulations Jim on this great catch and thank you for trusting us to create your trophy replica.
Tight Lines – Luke & Carola Filmer
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Yes fish artist Luke Filmer paints Dorado fish replicas!
Here’s how to catch a Dorado trophy saltwater fish: They like shrimp and ballyhoo, however cut false albacore is going to drive them wild! Cut bait into chunks and throw a handful out till you get them into a frenzy. Bait your hook with the same bait and drift it back with the chunks.
After you catch one…take a photo and send it to Luke for a Dorado fish replica quote.
- Dorado or Mahi Mahi Saltwater Trophy Fish
Dorado fish replica in client’s Port Angeles home. Painted by fish artist Luke Filmer of Blackwater Fish Replicas
Hand painted Dorado fish replica by fish artist Luke Filmer
Still itching to go fishing in the fall? This is one of the best times of the year to catch salmon from a boat. Pacific salmon spend part of their life in fresh water and part in saltwater. They are commonly found in the Pacific Ocean and the Great Lakes due to their preference of cold waters with a high oxygen content.
Kyle P. with trophy King Salmon
Custom oval panels from a variety of types of exotic woods
Luke takes the time to ensure each attribute of your fish replica is accurate
Kyle P. with Alaska trophy salmon!
This custom King Salmon fiberglass fish replica featured on classic oval panel with trophy plate was created from the fishing photo. Hand-painted by fish artist Luke Filmer of Blackwater Fish Replicas.
Maybe you already have a photo of a fish you caught years ago and it’s time to check that off your bucket list?
Send your photo for a quote to: Luke’s Email Link and let him capture your memory of that perfect day on the water with a custom fish replica wall or pedestal mount.
For more photos of Luke’s work visit www.lukefilmer.com