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Obsessed with Redfish

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why o why do you haunt my dreams you lazy orange catfish!
why is florida flats fishing so fun.

sighting fishing for striped bass just aint nearly the same :(

working on this thing until i get my hands on another redfish.
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I share the obsession!
the hunt for redfish cant be compared to much of anything. the striped bass fishing on the flats here is similar, but well bass are
Checked out your website and IG @david.riina - really beautiful work. What's the story behind your great looking boat?

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thanks for taking the time out of your day to look at my artwork!

thats my FS18 from boatbuildercentral i built this past winter. i love it so far!
that picture was from some "testing" i had to do before i painted it up!

this is it all finished up.
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Yeah, hunting redfish with a fly rod has to be as addictive as it gets. I just got back from a 2 week trip in southern Colorado, throwing big dry flys at raising trout and it’s a good time, but it’s just not like strip setting a fly into a 42” bull red and hearing that reel sing as he makes that first big run. Beautiful painting. Can’t wait until this fall in the Marsh.
 

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I’m in the Tampa Bay Area, hit me up if you’re down this way and I’ll take you to them. I fish from a Gladesmen so make sure you bring your sea legs!
I dont have much in life, but sea legs are one thing I got! im pretty sure my homebuilt FS18 is just a copy of a Gladesmen anyway. Knock on wood i have yet to fall off my poling platform, but im sure its coming! ill definetly let you know when im in that area....

I was born down in fort myers, most my family moved north when i was a kid, some stayed down there. I usually stay in that general area when i come down so tampa isn't so far.
 

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Fantastic artwork man...very talented! Bring one of those to Charleston and I'll help you further your obsession!
my wife has 2 cousins down there! we stopped there on the way down to florida in april and i was like wtf you guys can catch redfish at the end of your street! :) i might be down that way for thanksgiving...
 

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yup watercolor. im self taught, i just painted a shit ton of crappy fish until i figured out my own method/ style. realism just happened as a bye product. i paint in oils too, but usually save the oil paints for larger scenes, not the fish illustrations.
 

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The scale detail is what sets it off. You really have to plan the whole thing with watercolor because the light colors have to go on first or just be left off. Using a small detail brush takes a lot of concentration and a steady hand. Really awesome work. I haven't picked up a brush in a while but I also work with water based mediums like watercolor and acrylic. A lot less forgiving than oil based. They dry much faster. You should do some prints if you aren't already.
 
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