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K and I purchased a new Canon Powershot SD1200 IS the other day.  I thought I would experiment with it a little bit this morning by creating a photo reference for my Pheasant Tail woodblock print.  So I pulled out a Pheasant Tail from my fly tying box and picked out a Pheasant Tail nymph out of my flybox and shot this simple composition.  I positioned the fly by sticking the hook into the shaft of the feather.  I don’t think I can take credit for the fly because I’m not sure if I tied this one or not?  I may have purchased it from Gates AuSable Lodge in Grayling, MI or from the Little River Outfitters in Townsend, TN.  Those are the only two places I purchase flies if I don’t tie them myself.

You may be wondering how I’m going to use the photo for the woodblock?  There are several ways to transfer an image like this to a block of wood.  Using carbon paper for example is a popular method.  I have used it in the past but I wont need it for this.  This image is pretty straight forward.  And, I prefer to sketch directly on the block for most of the prints I make anyway.  This photo simply creates a blueprint for the direction of my cuts.  And, that’s about all I’ll use it for, besides using it here.