A year ago today I finally made the jump. After being told that I should do it by Dave, Ian, and just about everyone else in the fly-fishing world, I started this little venture. It has morphed and changed over the last year into something slightly more significant that I thought it would be, but, in the interest of always progressing and pushing the sport, I’m not really satisfied to just keep doing what I’ve been doing.
So, what am I going to do this next year on this little site?
First, I am going to continue to do Tying Tuesday and Thursday Tunes. Unfortunately, in the craziness that was moving across the country Thursday Tunes kind of got the shaft. That is going to change starting next week. I have music to show you guys, and I’m excited to get back to that rhythm of posting cool music every week.
Second, I am going to do another 30 Days of Tying in November. Originally my plan was do it every November and April. But, I’m a professor, and April is basically a whirlwind during which nothing but grading and gnashing of teeth occurs. So, November it is. Similar to the format of last years, I have a list already prepared of 30 different patterns that I am going to tie over the course of the month. There are some other really cool things going on with 30 Days of Tying that I will announce once they get all firmed up and finalized. Don’t want to jump the Sharknado.
Third, I am going to do more product reviews. I have started working with three REALLY great, generous and quality companies. Over the coming months I will have reviews on everything from fly lines to waders to fly tying materials. I think the real difference between my reviews and some of what you might find here on the ol’ Interweb is that I am very clear from the beginning with a company that my review will be honest and that they might not love it. Thus far that hasn’t chased anyone away! I’m hoping to post one Straight Talk Saturday Review per month.
Fourth, I am going to start having a little more audience participation. I am asking several of my friends to write essays on “Why they fish.” It won’t be the Drake, but I am always fascinated by why people pursue this sport. I’m hoping to post one Why I Fish article per month.
Fifth, I am going to make more tying videos and be better about providing step-by-step recipes for my flies. Sure, Tall Pines Flies is a business. But, those of you that tie your own stuff probably would rather tie my patterns rather than pay me to tie them for you! So, look for more videos, and more in depth descriptions of my process for developing a fly!
I can’t believe it has been a year! Thank you for reading, interacting, and fishing with me. It’s truly been a fun ride!