By now most fly fisherman recognize Derek DeYoung’s iconic style. Signature style is one of the things that makes a great artist, that uniqueness that instantly tells the viewer who created it. DeYoung’s art has it in spades. With his knack for capturing close-ups of salmonid colorings, his artwork has a ton of great
applications from beautiful canvases to fun stuff like iphone cases, Abel reels and goalie masks. Goalie masks? Yep. Recently, NHL goalie for the Columbus Blue Jackets, Curtis McElhinney, contacted DeYoung. McElhinney is an avid fly fishing junkie and ended up commisioning DeYoung to create a goalie mask using a brown trout theme. Derek explained the conundrum, “Easy enough, except he needed it to follow the team colors… and so was born the Patriotic Brown Trout Hockey Helmet.” DeYoung was eager set out on this challenging task to create a red, white and blue design that would fulfill his client’s request while putting his stamp on a small piece of NHL history.
Be sure to visit Derek’s website to check out more of his beautiful contemporary stylings. We can’t for the life of us figure out how he has enough time in the day to be so prolific and still find time to fish. Or, after the Olympics are over and the NHL resumes it’s season, see Derek’s art in action at one of the Columbus Blue Jackets‘ games.