Emily Johnson Art

I recently had a chance to chat with Alabama Artist Emily Johnson. She had quite a story for us and some amazing art as well. Her pieces are unique and would look amazing hanging on any wall of your home. Below is a little bit about Emily in her own words. Enjoy!

“I grew up in a small town in Alabama on the most gorgeous lake ever – Lake Martin. Most of my life has involved the water! My brother, sister, and I grew up water skiing before and after my parents went to work, swimming almost every day, and exploring the lake with my family as much as we could. In the summers, we would fish in the afternoon and night, catching bream, crappie and catfish. As my siblings and I became older, we started spending our vacations at the beach – and when I say beach, I really mean the bay. We would go shrimping in our little john boat, scoot around to different sandy locations and snorkel. Our whole family loved it. We also were all scuba certified at some point during that timeline – and began scuba diving regularly as well! I remember so vividly during some of the dives, my brother and dad would spear fish while diving, and sharks would follow them as they speared fish. My sister and I would stay 20 feet above them looking down, because we were terrified of diving with sharks!

When I was in college, my dad purchased a big fishing boat – it wasn’t anything fancy – more like a big RV that floated. We would find little canals on the bay to camp there for the weekend and stay up fishing right off the back of the boat and eat what we caught. My dad quickly started learning about deep sea fishing. Our family loved it, and we started taking people out fishing with us. We had so many fun adventures on that boat. We caught all kinds of gorgeous fish like snapper, grouper, mackerel, amberjack, tuna, and wahoo. My biggest catch was a gorgeous cobia!  
I met my husband, Scott, when I was living in Birmingham, a couple of years out of college. I was kind of interested in him, and on our third or fourth date, he mentioned that he grew up camping and fly fishing with his brothers and dad, and it was one of his most favorite things to do. I thought then and there, I think I like this guy! Just a couple of months into dating, I went to the Smokey Mountains with his family, and Scott begin to teach me how to fly fish. It was so different from all the other fishing I had ever done. I put on the waders and vest, had my long rod, and my net attached to me, and I really thought that I may hate this as I waddled into the creek with him. However, as soon as we were out in the water, the whole world disappeared, and I quickly fell in love with fly fishing. Compare to every other type of fishing I’ve done, this one was so peaceful.

I loved everything about it, being in the river in the mountains, the air was cool and crisp, and it was tranquil. The actual fishing was interesting to me – having to think about what types of flies to use, where and how to cast your rod, what to do when you had a bite. There was a good bit of logic behind fly fishing, and it was a lot of fun! Since then, I can honestly say, fly fishing is my most favorite type of fishing. We have been married now for five years, I joke to him it was the fly fishing trip that sold me on him! We have two kids, Ellie who is 4 years old and Jake who is 2 years old. Any time we go in any type of outdoors store, my husband wants to check out the kids waders! He can’t wait to teach them. As far as him teaching me, I am slowing becoming better each time we go! I did take a casting class at Orvis with mother-in-law, and it was super helpful as well. Scott is the best teacher however, and he cooks really great trout over the campfire. 

As much as the water has been a part of my life, art has been there too. I would bring my sketch book and draw on the back of the boat as we were riding around on the lake or bay – sketching whatever I saw. I quickly had an interest in drawing nature, especially birds and fish. My first art contest I ever entered in 8th grade was of a gorgeous angel fish I had painted from our trip down to the Florida Keys. I went to college at Samford University and studied nursing. I really wanted to pursue a degree in art, but my wise parents encouraged me to get a degree that could support a career in art. Nursing has done exactly that for me! I was a nurse for the past 9 years, and now, I am mom to our kids and run my art business. I first painted the rainbow trout (that is currently in my Etsy shop) for my husband after our mountain trip – he loved it so much I did him the brown trout as well. I have plans to do many more freshwater fish, as well as a saltwater series. I like to paint fish I have caught before, so I guess to my husband’s delight, we need to go fishing! “

Check out her shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/EmilyJohnsonArt

Full Lip Fly

Found a guy in Pennsylvania with a very unique idea and some pretty amazing hand-tied flys. Full Lip Fly implies simply that. Packaged in a chewing tobacco style can, easily fitting in your pocket like any other can of dip. Packed with an assortment of flys for a day on the water. The ultimate goal and premise would be to have these sitting on local counters of convenient stores for you to pick up on the way to your favorite fishing spot. All boxed up and ready to go. I had a chance to fish some of these beauties and it payed off landing a couple beautiful PA wild browns. Below you will find a statement from Josh Clevenger owner and operator of the company.

Like almost everything that comes to fruition,  necessity is the mother of invention. Being about an hour away from the nearest fly shop, I came up with an idea for a conveniently packaged dozen of flies that would universally catch fish year round. Every little gas station near a local stretch of water carry live bait But there is never anything for the fly angler.
With the day pack, now you can grab a quick dozen of popular fly patterns with your coffee on the way to the water. Obviously it is highly customizable. Could be offered in a wide variety or (flavors)to target multiple variety of fish.

Every convenience store has a wall off snuff cans. So I decided to package them in medical grade containers that mimic that packaging . For ease of storage and easy to display . Hence the name fullip fly , a full lip of snuff or a full lip of a fish that just ate the fly and took the pinch! #giveemapinch
The pattern choices are based on the size and productivity that apply to almost any situation. Can be fished alone or work well together in a tandem set.
I’ve been fishing for over 20 years. I started fly fishing for pan fish when I was 12 but my love for tying and chasing trout in the mountains of Pennsylvania has become a healthy obsession over the last 5 years. The barrier to entry for fly fishing can often be daunting. So with this day pack I can help take the guess work out of fly choices for the beginning fly angler .
Or the most experienced angler that maybe forgets a box on the tailgate or loses one to the drink if these packs make it to market now you can stop at the gas station and stock back up.
One of my favorite things to do is share my passion of fly fishing with friends and family(especially my 6 year old daughter Layla) these patterns are the patterns I would tie on for them if I want to see there face light up and bring fish to the net!

Thanks for sending us out a can Josh!

Everyone can check out is shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Fullipfly