Happy New Year 2020 everyone! I thought today’s post would be a good time to take a look back at 2019. I’d like to express my gratitude to all the RiverKeeper Flies subscribers and readers who have found me one way or another. 2019 has been another good year.

RiverKeeper Flies Madison River Brown Trout | www.johnkreft.com
Madison River Brown Trout

I’ll begin with a few statistics about RiverKeeper Flies for 2019:

  • Page views – 185,227 (average of 15,400 per month)
  • Number of sessions – 98,295 (average of 8,200 per month)

Since I started RiverKeeper Flies in March 2014, I’ve added lots of fly patterns and images to go along with all the posts. Here are the latest numbers:

  • Number of fly patterns – over 230
  • Number of images – over 2,500

The top three posts for last year were:

I continue to receive positive recognition for my RiverKeeper Flies website and I appreciate all your comments. I am pleased so many fly fishers deem it reliable and informative. A couple of Resources have been well received:

In addition, I added a page for Fly Fishing Road Trips in the Resources tab. It’s a quick way to find information about waters you might like to fish. I use it frequently to remember what flies worked!

You know I use images to tell my story, so here are a few of my favorite images from 2019 as I went back through this year’s posts. Since I’m a fly tyer, I’ll begin there.

Pheasant Tail Perdigon – my variant

Pheasant Tail Perdigon Nymphs | www.johnkreft.com

Yes, Euro nymphs do work!

Rainbow with Pheasant Tail Perdigon | www.johnkreft.com

As a custom fly tyer, I receive requests to tie new-to-me flies. The St. Joe Special was one of these.

Dozen St Joe Special Flies | www.johnkreft.com

The Film Critic PMD was another request.

Film Critic PMD | www.johnkreft.com

And some Damsel nymphs I completed recently.

Wood Duck Damsels | www.johnkreft.com

Here are some Clark’s Stones. You’ll see the original Clark’s Golden Stone, a Clark’s Lady Stone and the Salmonfly versions. These are tied in sizes 8 and 4 respectively.

As you can tell, Clark’s Lady Stones played a big part in my fly tying this year.

Clark's Lady Stone - Golden Stone | www.johnkreft.com

Ray Bergman Abbey – One of several Ray Bergman flies I featured in this year’s Throw Back Thursday Fly posts.

Ray Bergman Abbey | www.johnkreft.com

A memorable day at Casting for Recovery, Oregon – South.

2019 CFR Oregon South - Brooke and John | www.johnkreft.com

An underwater shot using my Olympus TG-4. You might recall I broke the back LCD screen last summer. It’s still working, but doesn’t go in the water anymore. I just upgraded to the Olympus TG-6 model.

Underwater Rainbow Trout | www.johnkreft.com

A beautiful Rainbow Trout from my home waters, the Metolius River.

Anniversary Rainbow Trout | www.johnkreft.com

Metolius Bull Trout

Metolius Bull Trout | www.johnkreft.com

We had some wonderful fly fishing road trips this year. In fact , it was three trips. But that didn’t mean I stopped tying flies…

Kelly Creek, ID

Just in Time Fly Tying on Kelly Creek | www.johnkreft.com

Madison River , MT

Tying Flies Along Madison River | www.johnkreft.com

Clark Fork River, MT Cutthroat Trout

Clark Fork Double 2 | www.johnkreft.com

Kelly Creek, ID Rainbow Trout

Kelly Creek Underwater | www.johnkreft.com

Kelly Creek, ID Cutthroat Trout

Kelly Creek Cutthroat with Purple Haze | www.johnkreft.com

North Fork Clearwater River, ID Cutthroat Trout

Pair of NF Clearwater Cutthroat - www.johnkreft.com

A couple Madison River, MT Rainbow Trout

Madison River Rainbow Trout | www.johnkreft.com
Madison River Rainbow | www.johnkreft.com

A memorable Brown Trout from the Madison River, MT.

Madison River Brown Trout on Green Drake | www.johnkreft.com

$3 Bridge on the Madison River, MT after a torrential thunderstorm.

Rainbow on $3 Bridge | www.johnkreft.com

Madison River Valley

Fly Fishing Madison River | www.johnkreft.com

Beartooth Pass, WY

Beartooth Pass Sunset | www.johnkreft.com

And a few close-up images…

Green Drake Head On

Green Drake - Head-on | www.johnkreft.com

Another Metolius River, OR Green Drake

Metolius Green Drake | www.johnkreft.com

#20 Scotty’s Midge

Rainbow Trout with Scotty's Midge | www.johnkreft.com

Trico Spinner – Ennis Lake, MT

Trico Turning to Spinner at Ennis Lake | www.johnkreft.com

Salmonfly and Golden Stone

Salmonfly and Golden Stone | www.johnkreft.com

My wife and I completed three of fly fishing road trips in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming this year. I hope you read our stories. If not, you can read about them here:

You might recall I keep track of the flies I tie. This year, the grand total is 1,800, which includes the flies I use, give away, and tie for my customers. 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 Cascade Family Fly Fishers, Central Coast Fly Fishers, Sunriver Anglers, and my own Central Oregon Flyfishers.

Lastly, I attended several fly fishing fairs and Expo’s during the year. You might have seen me at the Western Idaho Fly Fishing Expo (Boise, ID), the NW Expo (Albany, OR), or the Pacific NW Fly Tyers Rendezvous (Portland, OR).

I hope you continue to read my posts and utilize RiverKeeper Flies website as a valuable resource for your fly fishing and fly tying.

I have to say it was a tremendous year and one I won’t soon forget. I’m looking forward to 2020 for some exciting fly fishing road trips.

Enjoy…go fish!

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  1. Happy New Year to you both. Looking forward to what RiverKeeper will introduce us to in this coming decade.

  2. John..Great post …great contribution to all fly fishing folks….keep the cards , letters and posts coming in 2020.

  3. Wonderful postings John, looking forward to a new year full of new patterns and new adventures. Thank you for your dedication to the greatest sport in the world.

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