Texas native Paul Puckett remembers drawing the Miami Dolphins logo over and over as a child. This was the first fish—or marine mammal technically—Puckett ever drew. These movies-meet-flyfishing caricatures started out as a fun side project to his other fish paintings and illustrations, upon which he has built a name for himself in the world of fish art.
“I’m a guitar player, and my original idea was to draw different guitars into the hands of characters holding guns that sort of fit their personalities,” says Puckett, an avid flyfisherman. “Then I realized that fish would work, too.”
Now Puckett is starting to put select movie and music character images on T-shirts and sunshirts, which you can buy on his website, Floodtideco.com.
“The first one I drew was Al Pacino in Scarface, and titled it ‘Say Hello To My Little Friend,’” says Puckett, who also spent some years after college working in a fly shop and guiding in Wyoming. “I just thought it would be funny.”
As Puckett’s sketches leaked piecemeal onto flyfishing blogs, readers thought they were funny, too, and couldn’t wait to see more. We’ve got them all here in one place, including two Puckett drew just for Field & Stream. —Joe Cermele