Combining art and craft with fishing: The videos of Violetta Talley

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Violetta Talley geared up for fishing and doing a video.
Credit: For the Sun-Times

The emergence ofVioletta Talley’sfishing videos are a side highlight of the perch explosion on the lakefront.

Her videos of perch-fishing at Navy Pier, highlighted by underwater footage, are set apart by the merger of art and how-to.

I guessed there was a professional element. That proved right when I talked with Talley during the weekend.

She and her husband,Adam, started Fire & Earth Photography & Design, a photography and graphic-design company, a few years ago. One of her specialties is photographing horse events.

Doing fishing videos was an organic move by Talley, who has roots in fishing and art.

‘‘I’ve been drawing since I was little,’’ said Talley, who had some study in photography and graphic arts.

Same with fishing.

Her dad,Stanley Jackowski, was a bobber and worm fisherman. There’s a wonderful photo of her first fish at 3.

Violetta Talley, as a 3-year-old with her first fish.<br>Credit: For the Sun-Times

Violetta Talley, as a 3-year-old with her first fish.
Credit: For the Sun-Times

‘‘The bug kind of bit,’’ she said.

Merging video, art and fishing is new in the last year for Talley, 37. While looking where to fish and how to fish the area, she found the younger YouTube guys, then began her own way.

‘‘I wanted to have a little instruction but some entertainment, too,’’ she said.

Her videos accomplish that, growing naturally from her work with a Canon DSLR, GoPro equipment and Adobe Premiere Pro CC video editing. She plans to invest in a drone next year.

Talley is associated with some online fishing groups, the Bartlett-based bass club Midwest Castaways and, recently, kayak fishing.

‘‘It is interesting to a lot of people in the fishing field to see a woman who knows what she is doing,’’ she said. ‘‘That added another twist.

‘‘Nobody in my husband’s family fishes; my husband doesn’t fish.’’

When her husband occasionally goes along to fishing shows, she said it’s funny when people walk past her to him. Then she starts talking, and they realize, ‘‘Here is a girl who knows what she learned.’’

Living in South Elgin, she made the Fox her home water.

‘‘The river is right there,’’ she said. ‘‘If I see a body of water, all I want to do is a take a pole and fish.’’

There’s the rub.

‘‘Hard part is, I love fishing so much that I sometimes forget the cameras are there,’’ she said. ‘‘I have walked out to the pier to fish and left the cameras.’’

Click here to find her videos under Violetta Talley on YouTube.


Illinois bowhunters continue a harvest pace well ahead of last season: 53,731 throughSunday, compared with 48,924 for the same period in 2016.


Heidecke Lake finished the season with 932 ducks. Goose hunting will go on as long as the launch stays open. . . . Braidwood had a slow week for ducks.Sundayis the final day for ducks there.

Wild things

Snowy owls remain a stunning presence in Chicago. . . . The sandhill-crane count (8,891on Tuesday) is dropping at Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area, southeast of Valparaiso, Indiana.

Stray cast

NFL referees act like guys fishing perch with 20-pound line.

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