Perhaps you didn’t know what all the celebration was about a couple of weeks ago. Well, I’ve been writing blogs on RiverKeeper Flies for over four years now. That’s what all the excitement was about. I surprise myself for all the valuable information on RiverKeeper Flies I’ve been able to assemble in that short time. And I owe it all to my wife, because she thought I would be good at it.
Yes, that is a fish jumping with joy about my website!
When I started RiverKeeper Flies, I hoped it would be used as a resource for new fly fishers as well as those with more advanced skills. It was also a way for me to organize all the flies I tie by creating fly pattern sheets I still reference to quickly recall the materials I need and methods to tie the fly. You know I love to create little bits of magic with the flies I tie, but I recognize not everyone wants to tie flies. And you don’t need to tie flies to enjoy the sport.
What you do need to enjoy fly fishing is knowledge. If you’d like to take advantage of what I have learned over the 45+ years of fly fishing, then my website is for you.
Much of the information I wrote in the first couple of years is as valid today as it was when I wrote it. The question is, what’s the best way to find it?
There are two easy ways to find something on my website.
The SEARCH box located just below the black header at the very top of each page is the first way. Just type a word or two and you will receive several links. An example is “march brown”. The SEARCH will provide a list of flies with “march brown” in the name along with blog topics where I used those words. Another example is “leader”. I’ve written several blogs about leaders, including Throw Out and Replace Bad Leader, Fly Fishing Leaders, and Make Your Fly Fishing Leader Last Longer.
The second method to find something is the ARCHIVES section on the lower right-hand side of each page.
I use it all the time to periodically remind myself what I wrote. For example, what was happening in late March or early April? I’ll go back and see what I wrote in previous years. What flies should I be prepared for this month? It helps tremendously to refresh my memory!
Here are a few examples of blogs I’ve written for early spring:
- Confusing Mayfly Names – March 2017
- March Brown Time – March 2015
- Fly Fishing Leaders – February 2016
- Foam is Home – April 2015
- Select the Right Dry Fly – March 2016
- Effective Dry Fly Patterns for Fast Water – April 2016
These are just a few examples.
And then there are the fly pattern sheets. I won’t count them today, but I’m guessing there are at least 180. I continue to add fly pattern sheets periodically when I find flies I like to tie or hear about fly patterns I haven’t used before.
Need an example? How about the IOBO Humpy?
It’s a new-to-me fly a customer asked me to tie for him and fits my idea of simple, but effective flies. I haven’t fished it yet, but I plan to in the near future to imitate the Blue Wing Olive mayflies hatching on the river.
This fish took a Blue Wing Olive imitation recently.
Want to learn more about Blue Wing Olives? Now you know how!
I hope you have found valuable information on RiverKeeper Flies. Judging from the increasing activity each month, many do.
Congratulations, We’ve taught your soft hackle tip at our club’s fly tying meeting. Thanks again.
Thanks for your comment. I’m pleased to hear your class about the RiverKeeper Soft Hackle Cripple was a success.
Congratulations on 4 yrs with your VERY helpful and valuable blog!! Hope you keep it going for a very long time.
Thanks for your comment Mike. I really appreciate it!