this is excellent.You have come a long way your Detail is really getting good. I really like the rocks surrounding the fish and the colors are really nice and dead on! I was never that good with oils, watercolor has always been my bag. keep it up, can't wait to see the next one.
I got him on a little elk hair caddis on the Ausable near Wakley rd. bridge. As for the painting, I don't try to paint the fish to look real, I try to capture the essance of the fish the way I remember it at that time. Photos can be great, but they never capture all the beauty that I envision from the experiance.