...A lover of crystalline trout streams, untrammeled meadow ponds, lithe bamboo fly rods, vintage English fly reels, the arts of watercolor, pen and ink, lithography... and the richness of Turkmen rugs, Mediterranean wines, Verdi operas, kitty cats and woodcock, and good Scots whiskey...

For over three decades great angling authors have admired Michael Simon's splendid trout watercolors.  Many of his marvelously detailed renderings of game fish have appeared in national magazines, including Trout, Fly Rod & Reel, Flyfishing The West, Colorado Outdoors, Fly Fisherman and Virginia Wildlife.  

Among Simon's book illustrations are Trout Bum, by John Gierach and Freshwater Wilderness, by John D. Varley and Paul Shullery.  He has also been commissioned to create limited edition posters, murals and lithographs for Trout Unlimited, The Federation of Flyfishers and the American Museum of Fly Fishing - a register of accomplishments too long to list here.

Mike continues to pursue his passion for angling, art and his dedication to the preservation of game fish.  Many of the illustrations and watercolor images used throughout this website were graciously provided by Mike.

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Email: rodmaker@sopris.net