2015 has been a great year for RiverKeeper Flies! Year end is a great time to reflect on the last 12 months. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading all the posts as much as I have creating them! Thanks to all who continue to utilize the fly fishing and fly tying resource I’ve created.
I’m amazed at the popularity of RiverKeeper Flies. Here are a few statistics about the website during 2015:
- 20,980 sessions
- 51,214 page views
- 52 new Throw Back Thursday Flies
- 98 fly pattern sheets
I’ve continued to create a post every week. Here is a list of the most popular posts this year. How many have you read?
- Serendipity and $3 Dip
- Craig Mathews Winter Seminar
- Use fly patterns with CDC feathers
- Crooked River Flies – Done
- What Nymphs Should I Use?
And the most popular Fly Patterns:
In addition, my Crooked River Flies page is quite popular. These are the flies Bill Seitz uses on the river. If you haven’t checked them out, you’re missing something!
I branched out with my fly tying in 2015. I overcame my fear of tying bronze mallard wings for spey flies. You can read about my adventure — Another Spey Fly – Done!
And I started tying a few Ray Bergman wet flies for Throw Back Thursday. Those turkey and mallard wings are still a work in progress.
Here are a few other accomplishments:
- Reached my goal of tying 100 dozen flies…actually it was over 118 dozen. I started tying Custom Flies for sale as well. Please contact me by leaving a Comment if you’d like me to tie a few flies for you.
- Demonstration fly tying – I tied at the Western Idaho Expo, NW Fly Tyer & Fly Fishing Expo in Albany where I’m the Chair of the whole show, the IFFF 50th Anniversary in Bend, the Bend Fly Fishing Festival, and the Sunriver Fly Festival.
- Took 1st place in the casting competition at the IFFF 50th Anniversary in the Pro category and my Fly Fisher’s Place Team won the Pro competition. I believe I was the most surprised at the individual honor!
- I was a Casting for Recovery River Helper again at Black Butte Ranch to help a couple of breast cancer survivors, something I’m proud to help with.
- Provided a few tips to help your fishing success – Cast to a Spot, How to Play and Land Fish, Foam is Home, Manage Two Nymph Rigs, and Fishing East Lake to name a few favorite posts.
- Discussed a little bit of aquatic entomology about insects important to the fly fisher – Blue Wing Olives, Pale Morning Duns, and Spinners to name a few.
- Created my first Christmas list ideas. I hope the posts helped Santa find the right present for you!
- Gave several presentations to fly clubs. It’s something new to me, but they have been well received. I have two presentations scheduled for the New Year already.
Oh, and I might have caught a few fish this year!
Wow, I’ve had a busy year! I hope you have as well.
And if you’re keeping track through all the posts, I think my wife caught the most and biggest fish (river and lake) this year! 🙂
23″ Diamond Lake Rainbow
Here’s wishing you a great 2016 full of fish and memories!