To my First Fifty: Thank You

Fifty people following currentseams? That just blows my mind. When I started this site in late January, I had no idea what to expect, let alone that dozens of people (technically, there are 53 of you) would want to regularly follow my fly fishing and fly tying chronicles. And here we  are.

So, thank you. Thank you for your interest. Your readership. Your questions. And your positive energy.

I would also like to ask you a favor.

Please tell me what you like about currentseams. My goal has always been to provide you with a source of information about fly tying and fly fishing you might not see elsewhere — not to mention writing that (hopefully) doesn’t suck. What draws you to this site? What would you like to see more of?  How can I make it better?  I’d love to hear from you. You can do it publicly in the comments section or privately via an e-mail. And you don’t have to be a follower to play. Everyone is welcome.

Thanks. I really appreciate it.


20 comments on “To my First Fifty: Thank You

  1. Kelly L says:

    I like to see patterns, history, and gorgeous flies.

  2. Ty says:

    I really enjoy the prose and like to see many different aspects of fly fishing covered in your articles. Kudos!

  3. stevegalea6953 says:

    The writing and photos are great but the overall feel is what keeps me coming back. It’s very single-minded and I like that and your loyalty to the river.

  4. Rick says:

    Steve, Your reports are great. You give a lot of information. I look forward to reading your postings…


    Sent from my iPhone

  5. fmvan says:

    I started following your blog after meeting you at the Spey Day down there. I like your quirky sense of humor and your informative articles. It would be nice if there were more posts about other than trout fishing the Farmington river.
    Maybe more about stripers, or steelhead in the Salmon River (or your secret spot) or dreams of BC and Alaska.

    • Steve Culton says:

      Yeah, I have been steelhead light so far. But, that’s going to change as we get nearer to the season. I have a huge backlog of steelhead flies to post. And of course, there will be fishing reports as I make my pilgrimages to the Great Lakes tribs. Ditto fall stripers.

  6. M. Cisneros says:

    Articulate, informative and insightful – intertwined with twists of wit and turns of poetry – great photos and interesting topics. Good stuff!

  7. Jon says:

    I really like the burgers. Especially five guys. And going fishing. It’s time we headed East, chum.

    Congrats on the site. It was a good idea, wasn’t it.

  8. Steve Culton says:

    A most excellent idea. East would be good. Northwest in November (after the jobbies have left).

  9. Robert Galante says:

    Hi Steve,

    I follow you because I enjoy your stories, information, pictures, and info on the Farmington. I like the regular posts/pictures and to use your words ” It doesn’t suck”


    • Steve Culton says:

      Hi Rob,

      I think I’ve ODed on the Farmington the last few months. That will change somewhat as we move into fall (brookies, stripers, steelhead). So many fishing opportunities. That most definitely doesn’t suck. 🙂

  10. Clevelander says:


    Love the site. Your writing and photos are captivating and for someone new to the sport there’s a lot of great information. I recently moved to CT so any details in your posts about the locations (particularly the small streams) would be great. That is, if you’re willing to share them!

    Keep it up and thank you.

    • Steve Culton says:

      I loved a girl in Cleveland once. No, twice.

      But seriously, thanks for your comments, and welcome to CT.

      Here’s the thing about specific locations: my policy is to never post them. Tell one person on the internet, and you’ve told thousands — perhaps more. What’s more, saying that I caught 20 trout in Pool X on River Y turns people into report chasers (not to mention drawing a crowd to Pool X for the next couple days). That’s a poor method for learning a river. And when it comes to small streams, too much of one thing — namely angling pressure — is bad. There are no stocking trucks coming back to replenish wild fish. There’s also the solitude factor. Less is more on an isolated woodland brook.

      The best I can do for you is this: get a copy of the CT DEEP Fishing Guide (you can download one online). There’s a listing of streams and rivers with known wild fish populations. Pick out a few and explore them. As far as a bigger river like the Farmington, drive along its banks. Look for all those small dirt pulloffs. Park in one, walk to the river, and fish. Then drive up to the next one and repeat. You’ll have the personal satisfaction of discovery. Some of my favorite places to fish are the ones that I found myself. You’ll feel the same way about the ones you find for the first time.

      Hope that helps.

  11. Doug K says:

    late as usual.. I like the flies, and reading about stripers..
    Caught a couple of small ones in fresh water in N. Carolina long ago, then two really small ones in the Sacramento delta, but none on a fly. Have tried a couple of times in CT and RI without ever seeing a fish, boo. Used to obsess about steelhead, finally caught a couple, now it’s stripers to dream about and carp (!) on the fly here, for the big-fish jones that trout just can’t provide. The carp are astonishingly difficult to get on a fly.

    • Steve Culton says:

      Thanks, Doug. I’ve been meaning to do carp on the fly forever, and one day will get around to it. Plenty of opportunities nearby, that’s for sure. Here’s to a strong fall striper run. 🙂

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