The Classic Sporting Art of Bob White

The Classic Sporting Art of Bob White

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A collection of the author’s best work, the fly fishing and wingshooting paintings which have established Bob White as a classic sporting artist of the highest caliber. The collection includes 200 images in oil, watercolor, pencil, and ink of fresh and saltwater fly fishing, upland and waterfowl hunting, game fish and birds, sporting dogs in field and portrait, and landscapes from Alaska to Patagonia and points between. Along with the art pieces are annotated descriptions explaining the inspiration, history, and location of the works, and occasional sidebars. Introductions by John Gierach and Don Thomas lead into the fishing and wingshooting sections, respectively, and the foreword is by Tom Rosenbauer.

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One Cast Annie

casting; women fishing; classic art books; fly fishing books; hunting books; watercolor paintingscasting; women fishing; classic art books; fly fishing books; hunting books; watercolor paintings

Watercolor on Archival Paper – 24 x 17

When I was a young guide in Alaska, it was unusual to fish with a woman, particularly one who visited the lodge by herself or with a female friend. Whenever I had the opportunity to do so, however, I always learned a lot. For one thing, I learned that it’s much easier to instruct women how to cast a fly rod than their male counter points.

H.H. Williams said, “furious activity is no substitute for understanding”, and teaching some men how to cast is a perfect example of this axiom. As young boys, we’re often taught that lack of experience can be compensated for with speed and strength. If somethings new or difficult, just do it faster and harder; never the prescription for a good cast! On the other hand, women just seem to naturally intuit that timing and finesse are important parts of the equation.

Women are also much easier to guide. For the most part, they’re better listeners and bring less ego to the river. They also seem to be more process-oriented, and less focused on the size and number of the fish they catch. I think it’s safe to say that women are also less demanding and more appreciative. The young lady who is the subject of this painting was new to fly fishing, but by the end of the week, she’d earned the moniker, “One Cast Annie”, among the guides.

It seems that with each passing year, the number women fly fishers increases, and much to the benefit of the sport.

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