Is Matt Zudweg an exceptionally talented traditional sign painter with a fishing problem or another obsessedÂ fisherman working (in this case, painting and carving signs) to support his fishing habit? I am inclined to say that from the quality of his work it’s all the above.
Matt hails from Howard City, Michigan where he spreads his time between his sign painting business, guiding and his family. After spending some time at his website, Carvedfish.com looking at his work you can see he has a lot of genuine passion for his work.
On the fishing side of life Matt guides at Feenstra Guide Service on the Muskegon River, one of the arteries from the heart of Michigan’s fish factory, Lake Michigan. Migratory late season fishing includes Steelhead, Salmon and lake run Browns. Summer is trout and smallie time. Sounds tough Matt!
Matt also has a couple sites dedicated his fishing pursuits, Bass-Flies.com that features some really nice bass patterns and Trout-Guide.com that showcase some trout and steelhead patterns. You can also find T-shirts, decals, and even a great looking suitcase style tackle box for the big fly collection.
You can find a couple of Matt’s pattern tutorials on YouTube or at the Trout-Guide site, here he’s tying the Chewbaca Streamer.
Nice work Matt! I don’t know why everyone gets all worked up over Montana fishing, it’s looks to me like Matt and his buds in the Great Lakes area are sitting on one of the best kept fishing secrets around.