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.
Planning your fishing trip? Visit Ugly Bug Fly Shop!
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.
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Luke, your artistic craftsmanship of the 75lb Chinook looks fantastic nine years later. It’s still feeding on the herring you provided.
Thank you for the memories. – Jim Scalf
What image is your lobby, waiting room or office conveying to your clients or customers? Interior design that includes art can help determine the success of a business by the way your employees and customers perceive your company. If you are looking for rustic lodge-style “original” art work, consider sending your photo for a quote – or contact us to discuss your interior project. http://www.lukefilmer.com 360-683-0138
Today I want to introduce a new fish replica to my collection of artwork and a fish that is quite popular to catch….Redfish!
45 pound Redfish replica by Luke Filmer
Redfish are found from freshwater estuaries to deep saltwater. They are also called Red Drum because of the drumming sound they create with their air bladders to communicate and attract females.
I enjoy the challenge to capture their deep coloration from gold to silver – with shades of every color imaginable within. Another unique attribute I replicate is their spot pattern. Their black patterns appear close to the upper lobe of the tail and vary uniquely from one individual fish to another. The spots have a variety of shapes and can occasionally fuse together creating a signature pattern for each fish. Aside from coloration and size, this spot configuration gives each fish its own personality.
44″ x 28″ at 45lbs.
In order to prepare for this project, I spent weeks researching Redfish not only to understand their life cycles and habits (which make them different than other species of fish), but to learn the best techniques to customize and capture the colors perfectly. Because each Redfish is different, I look forward to customizing and painting more of these exceptional fish for my clients.
BIO: A lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, Luke Filmer specializes in a precise, realistic style of painting. With a dedicated spirit, Luke adds his own style to each unique custom fiberglass fish replica he creates for clients all over the world. Considered by many to be the master in fish painting, he has earned acclaim from sportsmen and collectors alike.
“I love to mix colors and layer pigments to create the depth and glow that I call the inner spirit of each fish sculpture I create.” – Luke Filmer
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