This blog is something I’ve mulled over for several years, never sure if it would ever become a reality. It probably wouldn’t have without the gentle but repeated push from my supportive wife. I kept saying, “next year, when I have more time.” With a growing family, dog, cat, nine chickens, house that tends to fall in the “fix it up” category, blossoming career, and the desire to spend as much time as possible outside rather than in front of a computer, free time to start a blog wasn’t materializing in great abundance. So I decided that 2016 would be the year it happened, one way or the other.
And so here it is. And I’m excited. I’m excited about the prospect of sharing my passion for fly tying and fly fishing, making what I hope is a meaningful contribution to the online fly fishing community from which I’ve learned so much and found so much enjoyment and inspiration. I’m excited for an outlet to write and express my thoughts and opinions; I’ve always enjoyed expressive and creative writing and look forward to the chance to mix things up from the technical writing that consumes so much of my “professional” life. I’m far from what I’d consider “technically savvy” and am jumping into this blog from a fairly naïve perspective, so this will be a learning process. And I’m excited about that, too. Bear with me as I slowly figure this all out.
In the weeks and months and years ahead, I hope to use this blog to discuss all things fly tying and fly fishing, with a very Alaska-centric perspective, though there is no doubt my Wyoming upbringing had a tremendous influence on my fly fishing and fly tying experience. I plan to post on fly patterns, both of my own design and favorite patterns developed by others, techniques and tackle for presenting those flies, and of course reports from time on the water. 2016 is going to be a great year. Cheers!