A bright Chinook salmon, fresh from the Pacific, rises quickly to the fly as he instinctively feeds in fresh water. During the summer I would wade into my local rivers and snap underwater photos. I wanted to paint a river scene to encourage the feeling of depth within the painting using river rocks. I made up the fish from my imagination, but I decided to add a fly to give reason to the sudden explosive movements of the fish. A lot of modern salmon flies are very brightly coloured. I wanted to add a more subtle fly as to not distract the eye from the fish. So, I decided to use a Royal Coachman, a classic fly. I also placed the fly just out of reach of the fish to create tension.