Win a Winston Rod & Bob White Prints

Win a Winston Rod & Bob White Prints

It's been 16 years, and soon-to-be 100 issues, since John Gierach and Bob White teamed up to create the "Sporting Life" column that graces the back pages

It's been 16 years, and soon-to-be 100 issues, since John Gierach and Bob White teamed up to create the "Sporting Life" column that graces the back pages of FR&R. To celebrate the 100th column (which will appear in July/October '08) we have partnered with Bob and the folks at the Winston Rod Company to create a very special sweepstakes.

Two lucky FR&R readers will win a set of prints of the first and 100th "Sporting Life" paintings (the first painting is above) Each print will be signed and numbered by Bob White and John Gierach. Only 500 of these prints will be made, so this is an opportunity to win a rare piece of fly-fishing artwork.
As if that were not enough, Winston has agreed to sponsor the contest and will award the grand-prize winner a 5-weight Boron II-MX fly rod. New for 2008, the Boron II-MX is a stiff, fast-action rod that weighs a scant three ounces and is the perfect rod for trout and smallmouth bass. These rods are designed and built in Twin Bridges, Montana, and come with Winston's unconditional lifetime guarantee. For more information on the Boron II-MX rods, check out
If you just have to have a set of these prints, they are available for purchase through Bob's Web site,, and cost $600.

For the complete rules and how to enter, click here.

Enter FR&R'sWriting Contest

Don't forget: The deadline for the 2008 Robert Traver Fly-fishing Writing Contest is fast approaching. All short stories and essays need to be postmarked by April 14 to be eligible, so you'd better get started. The prize is $2,500 and publication of the story in the November/December 2008 issue of FR&R.

Here are the rules: The winning entry will be "A distinguished original essay or work of short fiction that embodies an implicit love of fly-fishing, respect for the sport and the natural world in which it takes place, and high literary values." Send in a typed, double-space manuscript of no more than 3,500 words to Fly Rod& Reel, Robert Traver Award, PO Box 370, Camden, ME 04843. Submit your manuscript on a CD along with a hard copy, and please include an oversize self-addressed stamped envelope. Sorry, no e-mail submissions will be accepted.

Profile: Derek DeYoung
Twenty-seven-year-old artist Derek DeYoung makes his FR&R debut on pages 24-25. His unique style has made a big impression on the fly-fishing world and you should expect to see a lot more of his work in the years to come. We caught up with Derek at his home in Livingston, Montana, as he was packing for a trip to Mexico the next morning.

FR&R: How did you begin painting? Did you go to art school?
DD: As a kid I spent most of my time fishing around Millhouse Bayou [Michigan], where my parents' home was, trying to catch bass and pike. That passion for fishing seemed to [infect] my imagination as I would sit at the kitchen table drawing. I think things are pretty much the same way now as they were back then.
From 1999 to 2003 I attended Kendall College of Art and Design, where I got my Bachelor's of Fine Art, learned to fly-fish for steelhead, and made the decision to try to become a full-time fly-fishing artist.

FR&R: What are your favorite fish species to paint? To catch?
DD: My favorite fish to paint and catch are brown trout. Brown trout can look so different from fish to fish. It's always exciting to see what the browns look like in different rivers. As a painter, I love to try to capture all the subtle things that make each brown trout seem unique.

FR&R: How would you describe your style?
DD: My method of applying paint to canvas would be considered impressionistic, with the use of brightly colored under-painting, and loosely applied strokes of paint. I think my most successful paintings are the ones that I do quickly from start to finish. Using loose brush strokes to create the illusion of a messy painting, but as you stand back, it all comes together and looks very real.
By painting trout so close up, it takes all the distractions of classic fish illustration away, allows you to focus on what I think is the most vividly colored and interesting part of the trout. With my "Abstract Trout Face" series [an example of which is above] it's all about the couple square inches of the trout's face. It's kind of refreshing to limit the composition to such a simple subject.

FR&R: You're leaving for Mexico tomorrow for a marlin and dorado trip, so the life of a fly-fishing artist is pretty sweet, right?
DD: Life is very good as a fish artist. My work takes me to places I've always wanted to go, and I get to fly-fish a lot. As for the marlin fly-fishing, my friend Bonifacio Galvan, owner of Galvan Fly Reels, was extremely generous in inviting me to come down and get a taste of fly-fishing for some truly large fish. I guess a 20-inch brown won't seem that big to me after catching a few striped marlin.

To check out more of Derek's works, visit his web site at