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Hightailing - (Copyright Craig Bertram Smith-2012)
Acrylic on Board (90cm X 60cm)
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Concept Sketch

A fish that needs no introduction as a saltwater flyfishing species, is the bone fish. Pound for pound, they are possibly the strongest fish on light tackle. Their reputation is not over-stated as you will probably see your backing every time you hook one of these speedsters.

Seeing a bonefish for the first time you really notice how well adapted this fish is. It is shaped like a bullet from front to back ending in a highly forked tail-fin built for speed. It is mostly grey / silver with faint dark bars running down its back. It's scales and gill plates are very reflective, like mirrors, making it virtually invisible underwater. This created a challenge in conceptualizing this painting so I decided to offset the fish against the background blue, allowing me to stay true to its reflective "colour" of the sandy floor.

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