We’re wrapping up the second year of Hammer Creek Fly Fishing and what a year it’s been. We got a new logo, opened a shop and shared a ton of content! But mostly I’m humbled by the generosity of our contributors and amazed by your engagement.
This year we had seven industry professional lend a voice to the site including; Paige Olson, Joel DeJong, Chris Rohr, Dan Frasier, Bill Sherer, Jess McGlothlin and Zack Williams. They covered a broad range of topics from art, cigars, industry insight and tactics & techniques. In addition to great content, we received sweet products to giveaway. I think my favorite was the Clean Bench Giveaway, but we also shared books, rods, indicators and fly tying products. We had amazing donations for our Second Annual Project Healing Waters Fundraiser which raised over $750! A special shout out to Daniel Morgan of PHWFF for his outstanding partnership during these events. Of all the cool things we do, this event is the one I am most proud of. Of course none of this happens without people checking out the site.
Thanks to everyone who reads the blog, watches the YouTube videos or stays in touch through our social media. I’m a numbers guy so was blown away when I looked at the level of engagement:
I really appreciate everyone coming along for the ride, THANK YOU (that’s right, all caps).
This year we also built a small online shop. It started as a place to sell flies, but I also included some of my favorite products. We’ve had a great response and I’ll continue to add products and flies over time so stay tuned!
Next year my goal is “more of the same” with a touch more structure. Recently, I started weekly posts including Monday Matinee, Quick Tip and Weekly Fly. I’ll fill in the gaps with gear reviews, guest contributors and general ramblings. I’m already looking forward to the next fundraising event and we’ll certainly have a giveaway or two!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! - Kyle