The Dolly Varden and its subspecies cover a large range. They also seem to wear many colors ranging from olive drab to lavender, and they turn brilliant colors when they turn on the spawn. Because of this, Prosek took the time to document the Southern and Northern subspecies as well as the spawning form.
Instead of painting all three separately or choosing only one to recreate, I incorporated all three into this painting. I am pretty happy with the result. I’m also excited because finishing the Dolley Varden means I’ve completed the Char section of the book. Next we will have a short stint examining his paintings of the Apache, Gila and Mexican Trout after which we will spend the rest of out time on the diverse Rainbows/Goldens and Cutthroats and finally finish on the Browns and Atlantic Salmon.
We still have a long way to go 🙂