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.
- 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.
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:
21″ Custom Linville River Brown Trout replica by fish artist Luke Filmer
“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 email@example.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!
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.
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.
Custom Lahontan Cutthroat Fish Replicas – by fish artist Luke Filmer.
Luke designed a custom high desert lake-bed interpretive wall mount display.
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.
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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
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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