While out for a drive…
  • 100_0751_499px
  • 100_2139_499px
  • 100_1272_499px
  • 100_2739_499px
  • 100_1752_499px
  • 100_2855_499px
  • 100_3625_499px
  • 100_2874_499px
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Willow Slough

It’s early one summer morning and I’m walking along the banks of a slough here in the valley.  I am just looking around and trying to spark some inspiration for a possible painting.  It’s summer, but the morning is cool and there is dew on the ground.  Suddenly a covey of valley quail flushes and startles me.  As I walk on I see several of my favorite birds.  There is a group of noisy yellow-billed magpies,  and a number of scrub jays flitting about.  I spot a mockingbird  flying from place to place, as if he were orchestrating the  whole scene.

Then I hike around a bend in the slough, and come upon a huge pool.  There is nothing like this in the rest of this waterway; the pool is deep and still.  I stop to look, and at once I see something beneath the surface!  It is a huge dark shadow undulating very slowly.  I can’t make it out,  but it must be a very large fish of some sort.

My friend Sarge had once told me that, years ago, he had been fishing in these waters and had tied into a monstrous black bass. Then he said that after a ferocious fight,  that the creature had stripped his reel and had gotten away.   Perhaps this is that same monster fish, still lurking in these muddy waters.

I continue on my walk;  maybe there will be fishes in a new painting.

One Response to Willow Slough

  • sargent T reynolds says:

    John, The truth goes beyond your story. The two largest black bass I’ve seen were in Willow Slough. Both were HUGE – in the 15# class – and both eluded my efforts to a) hook and in the event of a successful a) land the monster. Need I say part a) was not successful?

Shop Drybrushwet

Limited Edition Prints at Drybrushwet Studios

shop drybrushwetstudios.com


Support our Site
Shop with us!


shop ebay


visit us on cafepress



Thank you for your support. With your purchases you allow us to continue producing artwork as well as donate prints to wildlife, nature, fishing, and conservation organizations for fundraising.
Full Disclosure
The owners of Drybrushwet.com receive income from the businesses, products, and services advertised on this website.