This issue marks a special point for me. It isn't our 4th
Anniversary yet (but it's getting close).
This is the 200th weekly issue of Fly Anglers OnLine, or as
we say, FAOL. That is important to me because I remember
all too well those who said we couldn't do this, no one would
read it if we did, and no sponsor in the world would support a
website with no flashing, spinning or 'on fire' banners, much
less advertise on it. Or anyone who would put up a new issue
every week was nuts (that may be true).
Some of you who have been reading FAOL since the beginning
in 1997 will remember the pretty amateur look back then, and
we haven't changed all that much. We aren't the glitziest place
around, but the idea to share the best information we could
was the concept then - and still is now.
With the help of our readers and friends (should that be
readers/friends ?) who not only keep reading FAOL but
send in their stories, articles, humor, tying tips, rod building
tips, flies for fly of the week and old flies, eye of the guide
and more, we continue to share the information.
That sharing is what makes FAOL the world's largest fly
fishing information website. It is also the sharing that was
what the old time Fraternity of Fly Fishers was all about.
With your help (and our Sponsors of course) we have
actually done it! What?
Re-established the "Fraternity of Fly Fishers."
All you have to do to know that for absolutely sure is to
spend an evening in the Chat Room - or a couple of hours
on the Bulletin Board. The comradeship is alive and well
I do know the size of this website has become a problem
for some. There is just so much information sometimes it
is difficult to know where to start. I will suggest if you have
a specific thing you need to find, try using the SEARCH
feature. Just type in the word or words of what you are
looking for and hit your 'enter' key. A list of articles with
the subject will come up. Be warned, the list will also include
Bulletin Board discussions on the topic as well.
Thanks so very much for being part of this Fraternity, and
do know your comments and suggestions really are heard.
I answer all email, and encourage you to make your wishes
We've come a long way - but there is more to do. More to
learn, more to share. I hope you've enjoyed the past 200
issues - stay tuned! ~ LadyFisher
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