Salmonfly.Net was originated in January of 1998 by webmaster Steve Burke while he was required by his job to spend a year in El Paso, Texas. Steve, a long-time trout fly fisherman, had just recently moved to Washington State, where he had been introduced to and had become hooked on fly fishing for salmon and steelhead. Having nowhere in the desert to fish in Texas, the next closest thing was tying flies; and displaying them on the internet seemed like a pretty good hobby at the time.
The original, rudimentary pages were and eclectic mix of traditional flies, scanned with a flatbed scanner. The flies themselves were often poorly tied concoctions done by the webmaster with limited materials and limited practice tying salmon and steelhead flies. It was not until the first contributor to the site, Clark Lucas, came along with his unique Speys and Dees, that Salmonfly.Net started taking on some life. More and more contributors from all over the world followed Clark, and the fly repository grew. Meanwhile, the webmaster gained knowledge and experience in the art of tying the flies and fishing them. This version of the site is not the earliest. The old one has long been overwritten. In later versions, Salmonfly.Net began running a Pacific Salmon, Steelhead, Atlantic Salmon "Fly of the Week" and a "Picture of the Month", but that eventually changed to just the showing of flies as they were added by the webmaster or submitted by contributors.
In later years, as Salmonfly.Net got more and more contributions in the form of articles. So out of necessity, it took on an ezine format. After a long run in that format, the webmaster, tired of having to make deadlines, decided to allow Salmonfly.Net to go into maintenance mode. It will always be a source of information for fly tyers and will continue to display new flies, articles, information and events, but without any commitment to time. The fly selection will still grow, but at a slower pace, as the webmaster allows himself more time for family and fishing.
So for those that have been regular contributors over the years, thank you very much, and by all means keep sending your fantastic flies, photos, and articles. You are and always have been what Salmonfly.Net is all about. For those that wish to be a new contributor, don't hesitate. Just use the Contact Form in the menu above to tell me what you would like to submit. I will be more than happy to add new material and will, over time continue to work on improving and upgrading the old pages to this new format.
Dressed by Dr. David Burns for his Tartan Series Flies