Tightline Studio

Outdoor and Flyfishing Art by Josh Udesen

About The Artist: Josh Udesen



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It has been a long route to come to my "other" profession as an artist.

My artistic training combines a great deal of teaching myself along with a little academic training. I never really considered the idea of art as a career, so my focus was always on the fun of art. In college I took as many art classes as I could, simply because I loved them, not because I ever imagined I would do something beyond a hobby. Even if I never considered an art major or thinking of a career in art, I continued my personal goal of educating myself in painting, drawing, ceramics and printmaking.

Thinking my education and future required something other than art I graduated with a degree in history and eventually a masters degree, which lead me to a direction I love, teaching. My first teaching job was as a high school studio art teacher in Anchorage, Alaska. When I left Alaska my teaching career became primarily focused on History, Humanities, Comparative World Religions and Philosophy, all of which I've been teaching for the past 14 years.

My "new" career as an artist was preceded by a long list of careers that have shaped both me personally and the art I do today. I've been teaching 11th and 12th grade History and Comparative Religions at Riverstone International School in Boise, Idaho, for the past nine years. Prior to moving to Boise I spent several years living and teaching in Tashkent, Uzbekistan (not a typo - I did live in Central Asia), eight years teaching in Central Oregon and a few years learning to teach in Alaska.

As I developed a teaching career I was a long time fly fishing guide on some of the greatest rivers on earth. I spend six summers as a guide on the Deschutes River in central Oregon working for the Flyfisher's Place out of Sisters, Oregon. Before guiding in Oregon I was a guide for Tikchik Narrows lodge in the Bristol Bay region of Southwest Alaska.

My interests beyond fishing include travel, and I've been fortunate to travel to over 50 countries around the world in search of both fish and adventure. I love to follow my wife in a kayak down the countless whitewater rivers in Idaho, ski the Idaho backcountry, ride single track on my mountain bike, sleep under the stars and show my six year old daughter why camping in a tent is better than just about anything else a person can do.



Other than painting, drawing & teaching - My interests include:




My Family

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My wife and 6 year old daughter love to spend every moment we can outside. Hopefully we are instilling our young one with the same love of the outdoors as we both have.

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Goose getting some attention on the Middle Fork of the Boise

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A sunny day on the Oregon Coast

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Sydney's first river trip - on the Main Payette

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A hike on the Bruneau Sand Dunes

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Fishing:
Not a big surprise, my biggest passion is flyfishing.

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My wife can huck some line. I knew I was in trouble on our second date - I told my wife I saw a fish rise about 60 feet from the boat along the shore, a couple of false casts and a well place fly - both the fish and I were hooked.

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First year of guiding up in Alaska - a late season rainbow on the Nush

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Just hoping Sydney is as big a fan as me - on the Big Wood





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An amazing companion on the river - Goose

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The norm - Amy out-fishing me

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Greasy mitts on the Nush up in Alaska

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One of my favorite things - catching Steelhead on the Deschutes




Rafting and River Running

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Floating the Rogue in early spring

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Always with us on the boat - Goose and Cayenne


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Setting up for the drop at Granite Rapids in Hell's Canyon

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Dropping the red beast into the hole on Wild Sheep Rapid on the Snake

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A teacher exchange through the US State Department to Bangladesh

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Amy & I rode our bikes from Northern Portugal to the Algarve Coast on the border with Spain

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Some old school boating on the Turkish coast -
Check out the Roman bridge in the background

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Cyclocross - My other fall obsession

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When in Tokyo - you must sing karaoke

Travel, Bikes, Mountains, being outside
I am pretty darn lucky to say I've lived
& traveled to 58 countries.
Other than that find me on a bike, skiing or under an open sky.

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Likely my favorite place on earth - within close proximity to Mt. Everest.

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On a road trip between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan when we lived in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
In my favorite car of all time - The Lada Neva