Fly Fishing Tattoo Designs

Fly Fishing Tattoo Designs

F&S Fishing Scene Back Tattoo This is the my full back tattoo showing my love and passion for fishing. Muskies, bluegill,and bass among vegetation. Pier shows a sparkling diamond ring representing where i proposed to my wife at our lake house and my son and I in a boat with a bass on my line. Notice the bass has a buzzbait in his mouth.
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Fly Fishing Tattoo Designs

We asked our readers to take photos of their best hunting and fishing tattoos and post them to our site for a chance to win some awesome knives from Gerber. Our editors looked through each entry and have now chosen their picks for the 50 best hunting tattoos and fishing tattoos. Here they are, in order, with the top three winners first!
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Fly Fishing Tattoo Designs

Handcrafting fishing lures that look like real-life insects, birds, and small animals is hard, painstaking work. But Pat Cohen has made a career of taking deer hair and peacock feathers and turning them into fishing magic.
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Fly Fishing Tattoo Designs

But out of pain came inspiration—a prototype for the Fugly Packer, an oversize steel contraption, powder-coated in bright green, now sold worldwide. True to name, it’s not elegant. But it gets the job done, allowing deer hair to be compressed tight and full, all in the name of the ultimate fly. It’s one of the many tools that Cohen sells to the scattered armies of professional and hobbyist fly tiers around the globe, who use them to handcraft fuzzy lures meant to hook bass, trout, salmon, and other fresh- and saltwater fish.

Fly Fishing Tattoo Designs

“There are all sorts of theories about eyes on flies, whether it is important or not,” he explains. “To me, it’s a confidence thing. When I open my fly box up and I grab a fly that looks good, with eyes, I get excited. If I’m excited, I’m going to excite those fish because I’m going to fish it confidently, and I’m going to fish it differently. All those little things to me are important.” 
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Fly Fishing Tattoo Designs

After Grandpa Don passed away i decided to get a tattoo in memory of him. Since all of my hobbies started with him I incorporated them. It includes a snowmobile helmet, bow, rifle, fishing pole, stringer of Fish, and a deer skull.
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Fly Fishing Tattoo Designs

This is the my full back tattoo showing my love and passion for fishing. Muskies, bluegill,and bass among vegetation. Pier shows a sparkling diamond ring representing where i proposed to my wife at our lake house and my son and I in a boat with a bass on my line. Notice the bass has a buzzbait in his mouth.
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Fly Fishing Tattoo Designs

F&S In loving memory of Grandpa After Grandpa Don passed away i decided to get a tattoo in memory of him. Since all of my hobbies started with him I incorporated them. It includes a snowmobile helmet, bow, rifle, fishing pole, stringer of Fish, and a deer skull.
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This is a hei metau, which is a Maori fish hook made of whalebone. They have evolved to become decorative item, but show my love for traditional fishing. This one also displays my admiration for whales.
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F&S Hei Metau This is a hei metau, which is a Maori fish hook made of whalebone. They have evolved to become decorative item, but show my love for traditional fishing. This one also displays my admiration for whales.
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My tattoo is deer, turkey which you cannot see in the picture, duck, and coyote tracks. The meaning of this tattoo to me is one for every animal I hunt so knowmatter what I know what my love is. Seeing that I wanted to look like they where walking through a fence hents the barb wire.
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F&S The Tracker My tattoo is deer, turkey which you cannot see in the picture, duck, and coyote tracks. The meaning of this tattoo to me is one for every animal I hunt so knowmatter what I know what my love is. Seeing that I wanted to look like they where walking through a fence hents the barb wire.

Cohen, 39, is a rugged packer of sorts as well: bald, woolly bearded, and tatted-up, with ear piercings gauged to three-quarters of an inch. He’s of a newer, bluer-collar wave of fly fishermen, not bedecked in Barbour with $1,000 poles, but ready to wade in and rumble with any slippery fish with whatever they’ve got. And Cohen’s flies aren’t your standard woolly buggers, either. They’re functional art, both durable and effective, unlike most other warm-water bugs out there.
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“Fish are smart. Fish make their living by staying away from guys like me with pointy, sharp objects that want to yank them out of their living room, take a picture, and then put them back,” says Cohen. He studies biology to know what his fish eat and where they hang out and hunt in a river. If the fly doesn’t sit right on or in the water or move right—in other words, if it doesn’t correctly imitate nature—that bass, trout, or bonefish isn’t going to bite.
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To make his point, he snatches up a fly shaped like a baby bird, articulated head, beak, and all. “It’s got eyes, it’s got wings, it’s got realistic color. I grab this thing and go, ‘Oh man, this makes me want to eat chicken wings right now, I’m hungry!’ ”
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In Japanese culture, mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters are all symbolized by different-colored koi fish. On Children’s Day (May 5), families fly flags of the fish representing each member of their household so that they appear to “swim upstream” against the wind. The black koi is the symbol of the father.
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As mentioned earlier, koi fish were originally common carp and have been bred for distinct colors. Different meanings are associated with each color. Some of the major colors of koi fish are: Black White Red Yellow, orange, or gold Bluish gray Cream Black The black koi is associated with successfully overcoming an obstacle. This symbol is great for those who have gone through a tough battle in life and have finally made it to a place of strength. These obstacles can include depression, drug addiction, an abusive relationship, and many other situations. In Japanese culture, mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters are all symbolized by different-colored koi fish. On Children’s Day (May 5), families fly flags of the fish representing each member of their household so that they appear to “swim upstream” against the wind. The black koi is the symbol of the father. Red The red koi often has the connotation of love. Not just any love—a very intense love. A red or orange koi is a symbol for the mother of the family, and a red or pink koi is a symbol for a daughter. Red koi can also symbolize power and bravery, both common associations with the color red. Blue The blue koi is often very masculine and can be associated with reproduction. Blue and white koi are symbols of the son of a family. As with anything blue, it also represents peace, tranquility, and calmness. Yellow Tattoos often use a combination of yellow and orange to represent a gold-colored koi. These gold-colored fish symbolize fortune and wealth. The Japanese term for them is yamabuki.
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This appealing tac on the foot demonstrates the heart, which is made of two fish hooks, on the right side of it there is an inscription: “Love”. The signification of this tattoo is a purposeful person, who has searched for love, has found it and will never let his beloved go.
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I am an avid duck hunter. I discovered this tattoo artist named Justin Holcombe who’s wildlife work was absolutely amazing. So we put our heads together, looked at a ton of pics and came up with this duck themed sleeve. I could not be happier with the colors, detail and layout of the artwork!!
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Life long archer of 22 years, I have had this tattoo of Fred since 2005. I started my obsession with Fred when I shot my first Bear recurve and I don’t think this is the end of it either. Everytime I draw my bow and release an arrow, he is with me, guiding my arrow home.
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F&S Duck sleeve I am an avid duck hunter. I discovered this tattoo artist named Justin Holcombe who’s wildlife work was absolutely amazing. So we put our heads together, looked at a ton of pics and came up with this duck themed sleeve. I could not be happier with the colors, detail and layout of the artwork!!

F&S The Legend Life long archer of 22 years, I have had this tattoo of Fred since 2005. I started my obsession with Fred when I shot my first Bear recurve and I don’t think this is the end of it either. Everytime I draw my bow and release an arrow, he is with me, guiding my arrow home.
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Cohen is self-taught, with an art degree put to use in a former life as a tattoo artist, which may explain his rather punk attitude. Yet however cheeky the names of his flies—SF Shaggin’ Dragon, Carp-N-Crunch, Pimp Shrimp—or exquisite the detail, he starts just like everyone else: a hook gripped hard in a vice.

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