"Trout Patterns in Glass"

Brown Trout

I was born in Durango, Colorado, and learned to fly-fish at a very young age under the
tutelage of my father, Jack Parker, and his friend Pete Fisher (yep) of Cuba, New Mexico.
My dad also taught me to tie flies and I got pretty good at it. My first husband used to
build fly rods. We spent a lot of time on streams out west. My know-how faded with the years
living in Michigan, but I'm enjoying a revival of old skills long forgotten, thanks to my
friend Lauren Kingsley. (see below for her website, The Painted Trout.)

I accompanied Lauren to the Denver Fly-Fishing Retailers Show in 2007,
one in Chautauqua, N.Y. in 2008, and the AuSable Expo in April 2009.

Lauren tying one on, and me flailing the St. Vrain near Lyons, Colorado

My husband Bill designs gorgeous, finely executed stained glass panels featuring fly patterns.

Lord Baltimore Katydid
They measure 12" square and run $250, custom orders only.

I find glass that reminds me of fish I've known and loved, paint a few details on and fire them,
and make stained glass panels of my own, choosing "watery" glass for backgrounds.
I also sand-etch hand-drawn pictures of fly-fishers and make three dimensional coasters.
They're sold in sets of four, with a mirrored base, or one cut from blue-green glass.

They make a fine gift.
In addition, I sandwich hand-tied flies between glass and make little ornaments out of them -
the perfect stocking stuffer for the fishing fanatic in your life.

Please scroll down for some examples of my work.

Marsi at work
Below are the coasters I was talking about.
I hand-draw my original designs, cut them out piece by piece, and sand-etch them in stages
to achieve the detail. Each coaster is different, and stacked up they create a scene.
The ones shown are sold, but I'd be pleased to make something similar for you.
(Each set is one-of-a-kind.) They're signed and dated, and retail at $75 a boxed set, with base.
When ordering, please tell me the number that appears when you run the cursor over the photo.

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Here are the fly ornaments I came up with - a steal at twenty bucks.

I'll try to come close to the pattern and color you want.

More trout panels- price depends on size, pattern, glass - please ask for a quote.



I promised to point you to Lauren's site...

Click here.

and here's a link to a fine flyfishing troubadour, Alan Cayn:

Click here

Drop me a line


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