A Word of Thanks…

I would like to take this opportunity to write a short post thanking my readers that have become followers of my blog. It is exciting and gratifying to see this number increase, and through the comments that you kind folks have made, it appears that at least once in a while, I am able to present material of substance that you find informative, interesting, and enjoyable. The year-end stats report from WordPress contained some very interesting information, and I am pleased to see the steady increase in daily, weekly, and monthly visitors. Sometimes it makes me laugh, as on the day I saw the google search term, “married wings for morons.”


It is also fascinating to track-back some of the visiting sites – fly fishing and tying sites in Germany, Russia, Norway, Canada, England, as well as individuals from New Zealand, Australia, Sweden, Argentina, Spain, and other countries. One link I clicked on delivered me to my blog, but I only knew that because of the photos – couldn’t read it because it had been translated to Russian. Our world is becoming smaller, or seemingly so, through this instant communication that allows us to become friends and share knowledge with people we may never have otherwise met.

I also wish to thank those of you who are not subscribers but have informed me that you check my blog regularly. It is affirming to know that my work and fun of tying flies is appreciated. I am grateful for your comments and suggestions. I hope to be able to continue to improve and expand my topics and subject matter. Thank you!   —  Don Bastian

12 comments on “A Word of Thanks…

  1. Ralph says:

    You show the way…without removing the skill and craftsmanship of creating these beautiful flies!

    • Ralph,
      Thank you so much for your very kind compliment! I don’t want to minimize my tying ability, but I just do what I do because I love it. I gave a wet fly tying demonstration this past Wednesday evening at my local Trout Unlimited Chapter in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and as I sat among and tied flies for this group of members and friends, some of whom I’ve known for many years, at one point I just injected into my dialogue, “I love tying flies.”
      Bill O’Connor former owner of E- Hille Angler’s Supply House, sat in front of me. I recollected how I used to visit his shop in the 1960’s when he was a younger man (me too!); his father-in-law and company founder Ernie Hille, was still living then too. Ernie always wore a white shirt and a black tie, that was his daily dress. One of the things I mentioned is that I always have my duck and goose wing quills taped together – Bill informed me that he used to have a woman employee whose job and only job was to pair up and tape wing quills together prior to dyeing. Back in the hey-dey of wet flies…
      Thanks again for your kind words.

  2. Murray Buck says:

    Don Bastian, a class act tying classic flies, thanks!

  3. Bob Vincent says:


    Thanks for all the information you have provided to us all. You are a great inspiration to a beginner like myself.


    Bob V.

  4. Blogging is a great thing! The best aspect of it is the ability to connect with others who share the same passion as you do. Without it sometimes the distances are just to great to be able to meet such great people and learn from their experiences. But be careful, it can become an obsession in it’s own right.

  5. Thanks Kiwi, I am aware of a friend’s comment about the internet; that it can be a real ‘time-sucker.’ I understand and appreciate your comment about this or anything else for that matter, becoming an obsession. I hope I can always tie flies, Lord willing.

  6. Dave Lomasney says:

    Thanks Don for all you do, and for all your help through out my first year of tyin these classic flies, I have grown to love! You are a Great inspiration and friend!


    • Hi Dave;
      Thank you for your comments and kind words. I’m happy if in any way I was able to help you enjoy and improve your fly tying; you are doing wonderful work! Congratulations on getting some flies onto Streamers365.com! Keep tying!

  7. Bert says:

    Dear Don,

    Ditto. You’re the best. Except your memory is going 😉 Remember this comment from last October about a new trick for folded wings?

    Don Bastian Wet Flies says:
    October 6, 2011 at 7:29 pm
    Thanks Bob! Rich also thought it was folded; it is sort, of, but not as you surmised,
    “a simple fold.” A little more to it. I’ll give the answer next week after the class…:-)

    Still waiting for the answer.

    • Hi Bert;
      Thanks very much for your support and compliments! I do remember that bronze mallard wing, and I need to get to that explanation…every time I think of t or come across that post it “reminds” me…thanks for your reminder…hopefully I won’t make you wait another 5 months. Thanks again!

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