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THE Calico/Gill Story
Jack had long wanted to make a fish print for the youngsters who like to fish. The most common fish they would most likely catch were Calico Bass and Bluegills. So, the plan was on to make a rubbing with both fish together. The problem was that he wanted the rubbing width of both fish (one over the other) to be around 14” the size of his gallery prints.
To get them both to fit, he set out on the lake one evening to catch the two subjects. This would be a trick because, fishermen are most likely to catch Calico Bass in the 13” range and longer. Smaller Calico Bass are somewhat hard to find. And then, in an effort to make both look good, he wanted the Bluegill to be on the larger size and the Calico on the small size.
He set out with his lightweight spinning outfit and a ¼ oz leaded jig he had made. He went to a spot with 12’ of water (just below the light level) where the Calico Bass were often schooled up next to a weed line. After catching and releasing several fish 13” and larger, he managed to catch a small one just the length he was looking for.
Then ….. he switched to the fly rod to search for the mighty … “Bluegill”. He would try a black beetle he had tied. It was made using a small piece of cork for the body and several pieces of rubber strands for legs. He colored it black using a black marking pen. Because it floated, he could easily watch it on the surface and see when the fish hit. After a short time fishing the shore line, catching lots of small ones, he caught one just the size he was looking for.
He was quickly off the water and headed for home to make a rubbing of a Calico Bass and a Bluegill together. The plan was to make a rubbing of the Bluegill low and to the rear of the paper. To compensate for possible errors, he made about six.. Then, the second fish would be added to the first positioned higher and to the front of the paper. Of the few rubbings that came out well, one was chosen as the “Best of the best” and used as the master image for both the prints and shirts.
And that’s the story of the Calico/Gill.