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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.

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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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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)

Luke Filmer (360) 683-0138


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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.

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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.






https://www.atalodge.com/ (Ask for Wayne McGee)
















http://www.anglersguideservice.com/ (Ask for Bob Kratzer)

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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.

Visit www.lukefilmer.com for photos and pricing.

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Map of Crowley Lake, California

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Colorado’s High-County Cutbow Trout Fishing

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.

Colorado cutbow trout fishing trophy from Rocky Mountain rivers streams_photo for fish replica by Luke Filmer

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.  Cutbow trout fish replica hand painted by fish artist Luke Filmer

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.

Planning your fishing trip? Visit Ugly Bug Fly Shop!



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Luke Filmer ships fish replica art sculptures worldwide!

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-itBlackwater Fish Replicas ships fish art by Luke Filmer Worldwide


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