At an event the other week I was talking with another fellow artist. He brought up a good point about going down to Arizona to work through the winter months. He phrased it as “We can stay up here and starve through the winter or go south and thrive”. There is a strong motivation to stay in Montana for the fly fishing culture alone but to get folks outside in 0 degree weather is a pretty powerful hurdle to overcome. If art creation relates to anything as far as fly fishing is concerned the powerful part of the season is kicked off in the summer time, but for the hard cores that want to be out on the ice there are some other strategies that have to take place to catch more fish. The only difference between fly fishing and bait fishing is the fact that the weight of the fly fishing line throws the presentation towards the water and the weight of the lure throws the presentation for bait casting rigs. A weight forward line is the preferred choice for fly fishing set ups and like the base of art that is created on Montana streams in the summer the action has to take place on the front end of the summer and roll out as the weather dictates. When fly cast painting the rule of thumb for the most part is if it is not a decent day to fish, it is not a decent day to create a painting. On a dark day when the clouds are overhead the river turns to a dark Payne’s Grey monochrome and has a brooding effect with a slow drying time. There isn’t a lot of room for error when loading the end of the line with water and paint, as it will have a tendency to run down the surface of the poly carbonate. The fact that it runs down the surface is true to form and an honest depiction of the day but not as accurate and prized when the weather is warm enough to dry the paint and vision to see into the water is clear as a bell with a strong light source, a wonder of different colors, and shadows to boot. When all of this is said and done and the fact that we live on a ball that is this earth there will always be somewhere that is warm, and there is always somewhere on this ball of a globe that appreciates art and the differences in fly fishing culture will still be evident for a different species, technique to catch them, and bodies of water they will be caught on. Conveying the artwork in a a barrage of fly fishing culture is having the same common principles of how people fly fish and like the common denominator of the fly fishing culture in Montana the weight forward strategy of creating and moving art can be conveyed in the northern reaches of the states and the forward part of the season down south has to be a weight forward common denominator for the fly fishing culture that is prevalent in the southern reaches.