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Salmon project for Friends of Northwest Hatcheries

Looking for a unique stop (or tour) during your travels this year? Consider visiting a fish hatchery. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has established a National Fish Hatchery System to support the conservation of native fish species, and with locations throughout the U.S., chances are there is a hatchery near you! Link to National Hatchery Map.

This brings us to our latest fish replica project for Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery.



Friends of Northwest Hatcheries  sent us a photo they found from another non-profit and asked if we could help with this design idea they had for a “donation box”. SalmonHeadDonationBoxSeems they already had the box builder, but needed Luke to design a custom salmon head to place on the top, encouraging folks to offer donations to support their mission; to increase the awareness of the relationship between people and the environment.

After a few sketches and sculpting the salmon head so it would allow for money (or an envelope) to be dropped through the mouth, we delivered the project to the hatchery for the next stage of their project.

Turned-out pretty cool…don’t you think?

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Fish Artist Luke Filmer Leavenworth Fish Hatchery

“Luke making a new friend…”

Luke Filmer has also created custom fish replicas for the following national fish hatcheries:

Carson National Fish Hatchery

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

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

Winthrop National Fish Hatchery

Winthrop National Fish Hatchery Washington State Luke Filmer with Steelhead_Salmon fish replicas

Far Left: Coho Salmon replica, Middle: King Salmon replica, Far Right: Steelhead replica. Bottom middle: “sandal-sock-guy”. All species found in the Methow River. 

Have a commercial or interior fish art project in mind? Email Luke at: luke@blackwatertrading.com or call 360-683-0138.

Visit our website at: www.blackwaterfishreplicas.com





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Classic Linville River Brown Trout Buck

Favorably referred to as the “Grand Canyon of North Carolina“, the Linville River is located in the western part of this state and home to some of the most beautiful brown trout in the country.

Linville River Luke Filmer Blog Story_March 2018_Brown Trout Fish Replica
The river is easier to fish in its upper part and can be more difficult to fish in its lower part – the gorge. 

Nestled in the heart of Linville is The Eseeola Lodge. Steeped in tradition – this lodge is a mainstay for generations of guests who have fallen in love with this unique mountain resort and the adventures that await them in the surrounding area.


Eseeola Lodge_North Carolina_Luke Filmer Blog Story_March 2018  Alan Burchell, Outdoors Program Director at the lodge knew that when guest Chip M. caught a classic Linville River brown trout from his favorite fishing hole – he should consider preserving his memory with a custom fish replica.  Without a photo, Alan contacted Blackwater Fish Replicas to discuss the details of Chip’s brown trout – and came-away confident that Luke Filmer would be able to capture the uniqueness of these North Carolina browns.

The result…a custom Linville River Brown Trout Buck fish replica featured on a custom stream bed wall mount display:

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21″ Custom Linville River Brown Trout replica by fish artist Luke Filmer

Linville River Brown fish mount fish replica Luke Filmer of Blackwater_3

A true masterpiece —you are Michelangelo!” – Chip M., Wilmington, NC

For more information on how to capture your memory of that perfect day on the water, contact Luke Filmer at Blackwater Fish Replicas  360.683.0138 or luke@blackwatertrading.com.

Looking for quiet solitude or the excitement of fly-fishing? You’ll find your “nature-niche” at The Eseeola Lodge. Visit www.eseeola.com for more information. Tell them Luke sent you!


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Testimonial – Triple Lahontan Cutthroat

Luke, as a master taxidermist I have to say that the mount you did for me is top notch. It’s a great accent to my other mounts, my 1st fish mount!  I always thought I would pursue my masters in Fish, but at this point I’ll stick with life size mammals, birds and game heads. As one client told me…he couldn’t stop taking his eye’s off the mount when he came in the room.  This is what I’m experiencing! Thanks Luke, great job – All the best“.  – Jon Williams Taxidermy, CA

Jon Williams_Triple Pyramid Lake Cutthroat by Luke Filmer of Blackwater Fish Replicas_2018

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Lahontan Cutthroat Trout Triple Fish Replica Wall Mount

Triple Pyramid Lake Lahontan Cutthroat Trout fish replica wall mount display by Luke Filmer of Blackwater Fish Replicas

The Lahontan cutthroat is the largest growing trout native to North America.  These fish are indigenous to the tributaries of what was once Lake Lahontan, a huge ice-age lake, of which Pyramid Lake and Lake Tahoe are remnants. Jon W with Pyramid Lake Lahontan Cutthroat_2018

After Jon W. caught this beauty (one of many Lahontan cutthroat he has caught in Pyramid Lake), he had a concept of a wall mount display that featured 2-3 cutthroat replicas painted to represent fish he caught in this famous fishing lake. He knew the only guy that had the experience and “artistic-eye” to create a fish art wall display that he would be proud to feature in his home was Luke Filmer of Blackwater Fish Replicas.

On the workbench Triple Pyramid Lake Lahontan Cutthroat Trout fish replica wall mount display by Luke Filmer of Blackwater Fish Replicas

Custom Lahontan Cutthroat Fish Replicas – by fish artist Luke Filmer.

Luke designed a custom high desert lake-bed interpretive wall mount display.

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Pyramid Lake Lahontan Cutthroat triple fish replica display featured on custom high desert lake bed interpretive wall mount. Art piece features a 16 pound (top fish), 7 pound (bottom left), and 10 pound (bottom right) cutthroat fish replica. Created 2018 by fish artist Luke Filmer.

Luke Filmer of Blackwater Fish Replicas is booking now for November 2018 completion. Send a photo of your salmon, steelhead or trout for a quote to: luke@blackwatertrading.com.

Don’t have a photo of your trophy fish? Luke has a large resource of reference photos to match your trophy fish. Call us anytime to discuss your project (360) 683-0138.

Blackwater Fish Replicas celebrating 20 year anniversary of creating custom fiberglass fish replicas painted by fish artist Luke Filmer

1998 – 2018

Blackwater Fish Replicas – Luke Filmer

PO Box 3182, Sequim WA 98382 – (360) 683-0138. Visit www.lukefilmer.com for photos or to fill-out a quote request form.

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1998 – 2018 Celebrating 20th Anniversary!

I am grateful to everyone that helped me reach this milestone!

Here’s to the next 20 years…Blackwater Fish Replicas celebrating 20 year anniversary of creating custom fiberglass fish replicas painted by fish artist Luke Filmer

Blackwater Fish Replicas (1998 – 2018)

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Double Rainbow Trout Mount

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. Tom L with rainbow trout caught in a private lake in Washington State_Luke Filmer fish artistThe 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?”. Rainbow Trout caught in net photo for custom rainbow trout fish replica by fish artist Luke Filmer

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. Fish mount rainbow trout fiberglass fish replica sculpture created by fish artist Luke Filmer

Two classic western rainbow trout swimming together as they were…and in all likelihood…still swimming together today. Double rainbow trout fish replica mount by fish artist Luke Filmer


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.

Rainbow trout fish mount of two rainbow trout replicas featured on custom cedar driftwood wall sculpture created by Luke Filmer of Blackwater

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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Pacific Northwest Coast Salmon Fish Art

We’re pretty darn lucky to live in the Pacific Northwest…a beautiful area that offers some of the best salmon fishing in the world!  This unique species has earned its place as an icon of the northwest spirit.

Custom fish replica art sculpture painted by fish artist Luke Filmer_Pacific Coast Salmon Fish Art Blog Story

Custom 40 lb. King Salmon fish replica art sculpture

Fish artist Luke Filmer has called the Northwest home for over 40 years. Fishing its coastal shores and pristine rivers allowed him to learn how to capture all the distinctive salmon details, which he incorporates in each of his custom salmon fish replica art sculptures.

With a dedicated spirit and patience for detail, Luke adds his own precise realistic style into his three-dimensional salmon paintings.

Incredibly realistic detail and time goes into hand painted each custom fish replica art sculpture by Luke Filmer_Sequim Washington_Olympia Peninsula Salmon

Luke made the decision to recently re-locate his art studio to Sequim, WA  — because of its central location between Oregon and Washington’s coastline, the State of Alaska, Northwest fishing coastal salmon migration map_fish artist Luke Filmer blog story_November 2017 - Copyand the shorelines of British Columbia. These Pacific Northwest locations are all home to some of the best salmon fishing locations in the world.

Preparing for your fishing trip is an adventure in itself. Because of this key natural resource (salmon), this area of the world has cultivated an entire industry around fishing. With lots of options for fishing guides, lodges and outfitters, below are a few links that will help you plan your adventure of a lifetime.  1  by Luke FilmerFinally…if you want to preserve your memory of your fishing adventure with a fiberglass fish replica mount, don’t forget to pack your camera and soft tape for photos and measurements. How to order a salmon fish replica from Luke Filmer.






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