Published Dec 14. 2018 - 9 months ago
Updated or edited Dec 14. 2018

Merry Christmas 2018

Another year passed, and the Global FlyFisher still tugs along, quietly, continuously expanding, larger than ever, celebrating its 24th Christmas

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Stefano Farkas

This year – as last – I can bring you a Christmas themed fly, thanks to Italian master fly tyer Stefano Farkas, who sent me an image of his full dressed salmon fly called "Santa". It is Saint Nicklaus himself as a fly, red in tone and with a white beard. And it has the pompous schwung and the gaudy colors of the season.
Thanks, Stefano!

There's a little known page on this site, which I called the GFF heartbeat when I launched it almost 10 years ago. It might not look extremely interesting when you look at it first, but behind those repeating, colorful bars, hides the cardiogram of GFF – the heartbeat of the site.
The bars reflect the number of articles, videos, blog entries and other pieces of content published per month on the site since 1994.

Back then

a handful of virtual pegs were rammed into the ground on the wide open prairie, which was the young and pristine world wide web. These pegs marked a small lot on the map, reserved for fly tying and fly fishing content, and in the beginning it was only filled with a couple of raggedy tents in the form of a few short articles illustrated with B/W photos.
These few tents became a camp during 1995, where more and sturdier tents, even barracks, were added, and soon proper houses were built and streets were laid down. To stay in the allegory, the first village of GFF grew together with a couple of other villages in the form of other sites, and eventually the site became a a proper city - a metropolis.
Since 1994, 1,324 articles have been published, amounting to basically one every week. Not one every week as in regularly one a week. Some weeks have been fast paced, some totally dead. But on the average.
If everything it taken into account, articles, blog posts, videos and such, the site has featured 12 new entries every week for close to 25 years!

Personally I find

that worth celebrating, and as usual every year around this time, I wish all the visitors on the site a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

This year I have

some extra heartfelt wishes for those who supported the site with content and not least money. Yes, money! During the year, a couple of dozens of people have contributed money to the site. Their contribution is very, very much appreciated, and helps the site keep on running – as well as it warms my heart immensely that you guys want to spend your hard earned savings on the Global FlyFisher.
So thanks to everyone and enjoy the coming Holiday and may the coming year bring you many, exciting and large fish!

May the coming year bring you many, exciting and large fish!

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