Tag Archives: Rustic interior decor

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:

Linville River Brown Trout Fish Replica Mount_1

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!


Leave a comment

Filed under Brown Trout fiberglass fish replica, Fish art interior decor, Luke Filmer News, Testimonials, Trout fiberglass fish replicas

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.

cut 2

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.

LIKE our Facebook Page!



Filed under Fish art interior decor, Lahontan Cutthroat fish replica by Luke Filmer, Lake Cutthroat Fish Replica, Luke Filmer News, Matching your photo & measurements, Triple fish replica wall mount display by Luke Filmer, Trout fiberglass fish replicas

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


Find Blackwater Fish Replicas on Facebook!


Leave a comment

Filed under Fish art interior decor, Matching your photo & measurements, rainbow trout fish replica, Trout fiberglass fish replicas

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!



Filed under Cutbow Fish Replica by Luke Filmer, Fish art interior decor, Matching your photo & measurements, Trout fiberglass fish replicas, We ship our fish art worldwide

Fall is a great time to go Salmon Fishing

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 Alaska trophy salmon!

King on classic oval panel by Luke Filmer of Blackwater Fish Replicas_2014

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

Leave a comment

Filed under Fish art interior decor, King Salmon fish replica, Matching your photo & measurements, Salmon fiberglass fish replica by Luke Filmer

We match your photo!

Sign up for our blog and receive latest updates and photos of Luke Filmer’s fish replica art sculptures of Salmon, Steelhead and Trout. Celebrating 20 years in 2018 – we ship worldwide! #steelheadfishing  #steelhead

Sustut_River_Steelhead_fish replica painted by Luke Filmer of Blackwater Fish Replicas we match your photo

Leave a comment

Filed under Fish art interior decor, Matching your photo & measurements, Steehead Fish Replicas by Luke Filmer

Testimonial: “Still fantastic after nine years!”

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

Deep King fish replica art sculpture by Luke Filmer of Blackwater Fish Replicas

Find more photos of finished fish replica art sculptures at http://www.lukefilmer.com


Filed under Testimonials