Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Celebrating 15 Years of Fly Fishing the West!

2015 is an exciting year for us at Western Sportfishing. We are celebrating the 15th year since we began bringing you all the information you need to fly fish in Western Canada!

For those of you who don't know our history, the four of us started a free website in 1999/2000 called "Fly Fishing the West". Back then we could post maybe a half dozen pictures to our page. After having about 10 views to the site, it would shutdown on overload for a few hours (Something unheard of nowadays). A year later, we discovered another free hosting site that allowed us to have more capacity for pictures, and even videos! That year, a magazine came out with the name "Fly Fishing the West" (not in existence anymore), so we came up with the name "Western Sportfishing".

Fishing videos on the internet were almost unheard of at the time.  They couldn't be long or of a particularly high quality; but we put a few up and had a great response! Those old videos are in our archives on the website. In 2004 or so, we all pitched in some money and bought a domain name, and picked a hosting site.  We have been here ever since.  Over the 15 years we have grown each section of the site. A few years ago, we produced three DVD titles: "2007 Western Sportfishing Video Series", "Hook n' Vise Vol. 1", and lastly "Western Canadian Journey". It was a blast to make these videos, and even cooler that we were mentioned in the reviews section of Fly Fusion Magazine as well as the Fly Fish Alberta blog.

We started doing this as a fun way to share our fishing adventures, while also educating everybody along the way. That is still the goal for this website. It has been great to meet many of you loyal followers in the community or out on the waters. We would like to let everyone know that to celebrate our 15th year, we are hoping to film a few episodes in our TV show format (as shown in our 2007 DVD's) for viewing on our website as well as on our YouTube channel. Look for them later in the year. Also, watch for other exciting announcements throughout the year!

Finally, thank you all for being with us for the last 15 years of this journey! Without you, our website would not still be going. Thank you, and remember that you can keep in touch with us through almost every form of Social Media as well as email.

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