Talk long enough with seasoned anglers and eventually you’ll hear someone say, “there’s an art to fly fishing.” That’s a curiously poetic phrase. They’re usually talking about technique, presentation or tying, but it’s interesting to see the correlation one makes between angler and artist. The Black Gnats are equally interested in this connection, so we’ve started a recurring section called “The Art of Fly Fishing” to highlight the unique stories and individuals that bring these two worlds together. This week’s featured artist …
Interview by Garrick Dorsett
Amy McMahon is a biologist/entomologist whose need for accurate illustrations of insects has turned into an amazing relationship between pen and paper. Much like fly fishing, Amy’s illustrations eloquently combine the disciplines of science and art. These detailed studies are extremely elegant renditions of the subjects. Her need for accuracy is crucial, and there’s a beauty in her ability to recreate each minute tone, line and detail made by mother nature.
We’re super stoked to chat with Amy by email for this week’s interview.
Black Gnats: Who or what inspired you to get into fly fishing?
Amy McMahon: Growing up, I loved spin fishing with my family and as I got older was attracted to fly fishing. When I started working with aquatic insects on a daily basis, it made me even more stoked to try a fly rod. So much of fly fishing, in my opinion, is spending time in nature and observing both the patterns and spontaneity – water is fascinating. I think that’s what drew me to the sport.
BG: Who or what inspired you to get into art?
AM: I think that everyone has a creative side (even people who claim they don’t) and part of being content is the trial and error of discovering a creative outlet. Not all Continue reading