As 2017 comes to a close, I wanted to express my gratitude to all my RiverKeeper Flies subscribers and readers who have found me one way or another. 2017 has been another good year.
I picked one of my subscribers at random today and they will receive a dozen of my favorite RiverKeeper Flies. It’s my way of saying “thanks” for continuing to read my posts and use my website for their fly fishing and fly tying reference guide. The lucky winner is listed at the bottom of today’s post.
To celebrate all of my great memories of 2017, I’ll begin with a few statistics about RiverKeeper Flies (as of 12/25/17):
- Page views – 98,883
- Number of sessions – 48,410
Since I started RiverKeeper Flies in March 2014, I’ve added lots of fly patterns and pictures to go along with all the posts. Here are the latest numbers:
- Number of fly patterns – 187
- Number of pictures – over 1,600
I continue to receive recognition for my RiverKeeper Flies website and I appreciate all your positive comments. I am pleased so many fly fishers deem it reliable and informative.
Here are a few other highlights I wanted to share.
I received the 2017 Stan Walters Memorial Fly Tyer of Year award in March. I am very proud of this honor.
And a few of my favorite pics from 2017 as I went back through this year’s posts.
Madison River – just a magical place.
A few more fish pics…
And a couple close-up pictures…
Metolius River Green Drake
#24 Trico Spinner
PMD “standing” on water
My wife, dancingtrout, and I have had great fishing this year including a memorable a 25 day fly fishing road trip. I hope you read our stories. If not, you can read about them here:
- Upper Columbia River Fly Fishing
- Fly Fishing the St. Joe River, ID
- Missouri River Fly Fishing
- Fly Fishing the Big Hole and Beaverhead Rivers
- Fly Fishing the Madison and Yellowstone Rivers
I’d like to give a special “thank you” to my customers who purchased RiverKeeper Flies flies. I hope you enjoyed fishing them as much as I did tying them!
I traveled for presentations to fly clubs, including the Rogue Fly Fishers and Southern Oregon Fly Fishers.
I attended several fly fishing fairs and Expo’s during the year. You might have seen me in Albany, OR at the NW Expo, the Washington Fly Fishing Fair in Ellensburg, or the Fly Tyers Rendezvous in Portland, OR.
I received this gift of a bamboo rod from my friend “Skip” Hosfield, in recognition of the volunteer work I did to support the Oregon Council FFF and NW Expo.
I hope you enjoy my weekly segment called Throw Back Thursday Fly posts. I hope to keep our fly fishing history fresh as well as bring back a few memorable moments for fly fishers who may have used these flies. I’ve added 52 more older flies for a total of 170.
Lastly, and as promised, here is the winner of a dozen of my favorite RiverKeeper Flies – James Walker!
I hope you continue to read my posts and utilize RiverKeeper Flies website as a resource for your fly fishing.
It has been a great year for so many reasons, your blog is one of them. Thanks for the great information and support for all of us who are still learning. Your work with the EXPO and the Rendezvous were personally important to me. The support that you give to Project Healing Waters is important to veterans throughout Oregon.
I hope to use a lot of Frog’s Fanny in the coming year!!
And, to see you on the water soon.
Thanks Jerry…hope to see you too!
MY NAME IS JAMES WALKER I READ EVERY POST ON YOUR BLOG
FLY FISHING AND UPLAND BIRD HUNTING WITH MY BEST FRIEND MY DOG ARE MY PASSIONS .
I LIVE IN IDAHO WITH ACCESS TO SOME OF THE BEST FISHING IN THE COUNTRY I WOULD LIKE TO PURCHASE SOME OF YOUR FLYS
I DONT GET ENOUGH TIME TO LEARN TO TYE THE MYSELF .
I HAVE USED SOME OF DENNY RICKARDS FLYS WITH SUCCESS IM LEARNING STILL WATER TACTICS
BUT ENJOY FISHING MOING WATER AS WELL
Thanks for the comment…email sent.
Thoroughly enjoy reading your blog. Something new every Wednesday and Thursday. Looking forward to what you will share with us in 2018. Happy New year to you and Karen.
Thanks for the comment. Always enjoy receiving them on the website as well as emails.
Thank you. Since that first day I met you and Karen on the river you have helped me immensely. Your patterns have helped me have great days on waters throughout the country.
Happy New Years to you and Karen.
Thanks for the kind comment. Wishing you continued success in 2018.
I really enjoy receiving the RiverKeeper and admire you photography. Would it be possible to find out what your photography equipment is?
Happy New Year and continued success in 2018!
Tight Lines & Screamin Reels,
I carry an Olympus TG-4 whenever I fish. I chose it because it’s waterproof and if I drop it in water I won’t damage it. In addition, it is 16 mp which I needed. It replaced a Pentax W60 that took terrific pictures. I just needed higher mp for presentations I do. The close-up fly photos are taken with a Nikon d7100, which replaced a Nikon d5100 this year. I’m still learning to take quality and interesting pictures. Happy to hear you like them!