Sunday, August 1, 2021

Thank you....


On April 10th 2010 I  typed the first post and published it to Small Stream Reflections. Little did i know that the ride would continue for so long. Many would say that the reason for such a run is the content of the material, maybe the time was right, or perhaps the reason is the contributions of the readers. I think it's a bit of all with the bulk of success is the contribution of all of the readers. Small Stream Reflections has been read worldwide. Folks from big cities and little towns. Anglers with knowledge far beyond what I possess as well as those just starting. I have welcomed all.

Just a couple of stats...Small Stream Reflections went over the 2 million mark in page views about a month ago. The blog has produced 1789 posts. . 

To show my appreciation to my readers I'm offering a few "thank yous"....all that is required is a comment on this post. This will end on August 3rd at midnight. The name will be placed in a bucket and Jeanette will pick the winners.

The gifts are as follows..two Rangeley Featherwing Streamer flies. They will be given away as singles.
 

 

Two boxes of note cards. These feature 10 cards along with envelopes featuring prints of salter brook trout. The prints done by James Prosek and Flick Ford. Given away as single boxes.
 

Two copies of my book  Thin Blue Lines....also given away as singles.
 

Two beautiful watercolor art prints of a Brook Trout by artist David Scheirer. Given away as singles.

So good luck and I hope you'll continue to follow Small Stream Reflections.
 

 

64 comments:

  1. Your content is very interesting. Congratulations and thank you for staying dedicated and taken the time to express your thoughts. When commuting to work I look forward to reading your early post. 👍🏼

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  2. Always interesting. I've also thrown together a few of those small meals you occasionally post. Yum!

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  3. Alan, I check your blog every day; always learn something new from you and your followers. Please keep it going I always feel like I'm right along fishing with you. Larry Gaska

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  4. I always check your blog with my morning coffee. Thank you so much Alan!

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  5. Alan, thanks for your blog, I enjoy very much.
    Dave

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  6. ALAN, Thanks for your blog, I enjoy very much.

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  7. Alan, I check your blog daily looking forward to new posts. Keep them coming!

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  8. Congratulations, Alan! In a world where blogs are being less and less relevant, your blog continues to be enjoyable and inspirational. Thank you for all you do!

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  9. Congratulations, Alan. You’re at the top of my Feedly!

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  10. Alan
    I'm not surprised at your stats from your blog. Thanks for sharing a wealth of fly fishing info with all of us over the years. You are the best online guide a fly fisherman could have. Take care and continued success!!

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  11. SSR is my vicarious way to go fishing when things are snowbound out here in MT. Thank you for giving us such a beautiful window into your fishing and fly tying.

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  12. Alan. I’m a regular reader and have gained much from your tips on tactics for brookies. Best of all I enjoy what you say about how fishing enriches your life.

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  13. I love fishing for Natives here in Pa. I don't get out as much as I want to. But when I look at your post it brings back good memories of times I've had on the streams. Reading your post reminds me to keep life simple and focus the beautiful world around us. Thanks for taking us on this long adventure.

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  14. 1789! That's a lot of posts. I really appreciate all of the effort that has gone into them. With each new month, I find myself going back to your older posts for that month to give me an idea about what I should keep an eye out for in the coming weeks.

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  15. Alan - Your blog has been a great resource and source of strength to me as I get through difficult times. I cannot fish yet, but I am hopeful for 2022 to chase the wild brook trout again. Thanks for posting on a regular basis!

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  16. I'm not surprised at 2m. You have a huge following. It's always a great trip when you post. Area's I'll never get to see in person, but can see through your eyes. Keep up the good work.

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  17. Hi Alan
    I really enjoy your blog and look forward to each post.
    Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences with us.
    I have learned so much by reading about them.
    John V.

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  18. I always enjoy your posts, and I’ve learned a great deal. You inspire me to seek out those thin blue lines.

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  19. Alan,
    Your posts of the great out of doors is a refreshing light in what can sometimes be a gloomy world. You have reached some lofty milestones my friend. Keep up the good work.
    JJ

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  20. Love your blog…one of the first things I check each morning as I brew a pot of coffee and get ready for the day.

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  21. Alan - I also enjoy small stream fly fishing for Trout & that's why I enjoy your posts so much. Thank You for sharing, take care & tight lines...
    Sincerely;
    Hollen Groff

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  22. Truly appreciate the love you give small streams and the wild fish they contain. I am blessed to live in an area that contains numerous small freestone and "spring creek like" streams with Brook Trout, Brown trout and Landlock Salmon that in my opinion do not get the love they deserve. Instead the masses gravitate to the larger streams stocked with larger hatchery fish. Additionally, I appreciate your use of older traditional patterns that recall from my early years in the early 70's. Keep fishin and writin.
    Greg

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  23. This blog has been awesome, I found it when I first started fly fishing 6 years ago! You're really dialed into the heritage aspect of brook trout fishing and your posts always make me miss New England! Keep fishing and writing!

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  24. Admired your blog for many years. I've enjoyed it all the back to the very beginning, and caught up more than once when I got behind. Some of my favorites I've read more than once. Thank you, for sharing your adventures in small stream paradise.

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  25. From a new guy that hits the small streams, Always here and learning.
    Kevin M.

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  26. I found your site about 5 years ago I would say, Alan. What you put up here on your site is gift enough to me. I don't always comment, but I am always looking for a new post you put up.

    Best, Sam

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  27. Alan, Your Blog is just the Best. Thanks for doing it.

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  28. Well Alan and Jeanette I think you have been very happy and have made us happy for such a good purpose and good arguments displayed throughout all these years, I hope to continue living this wonderful and entertaining blog. I send a hug to both of you and congratulations on your achievement.

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  29. Mnohaja blahaja lita.
    God grant you many happy blessed years.

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  30. Thank you for writing about your experiences and adventures chasing beautiful wild Trout in small streams. I am relatively new to fly fishing, and have been inspired by you to explore many miles of small Driftless streams and to tie wet flies to entice the fish.

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  31. G'Day Alan,
    With Small Stream Reflections you have created not just a wonderful fly fishing site but a community or family that I feel privileged to be part of.
    Kindest Regards,
    Steve.

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  32. Great site and love the small streams of CT, mainly for me northeast CT
    keep up the good work and thanks!

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  33. Congratulations and thank you! I look forward to reading many more posts of you adventures and experiences.

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  34. Alan, thank you the many years of SSR. I am a regular reader here and look forward to every one of your posts as well as all the great comments.
    Greg

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  35. Congratulations Alan, your articles are still a source of inspiration to me. Keep up the good work! John

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  36. Always interesting reading and great photography.

    Dave

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  37. Small stream reflections has become a part of my daily routine. Keep up the great work Alan. Jim Babbitt

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  38. Alan it's really nice to read of the success of this blog. I hope it gives you the inspiration to continue writing it for a long time to come!

    Dan

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  39. Love the fish pictures and the meals you share.
    Edge

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  40. SSR is the first thing I look at in the morning when I turn on my computer. Thank you.

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  41. Alan, thank you so much for this blog. As an avid behind the scenes reader, this is one of the few blogs that I read weekly and go back thru posts over and over.

    I would love a chance to read thin blue lines even if it is a borrowed copy.

    Thanks again for everything you do for this blog and the I formation provided. My wife and I always look forward to the tales and recipes.

    Aaron
    Athens,GA

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  42. Thanks Alan. I look at your blog every morning to see if you posted something new.

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  43. Congrats! Your blog has been a inspiration towards my own small stream adventures and the beauty in them, thank you

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  44. This has become my favorite fishing site. And those flies are beautiful.

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  45. This was my first point of entry into small stream fishing, and it's still my favorite. Thanks for documenting this magical way of experiencing the world Allan!

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  46. Best blog out there. One of the few sites that I check on every day for updates. Thanks for sharing your passion. Here's to 10 more years!

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  47. Brk trt, over the years that I've been reading your blog and all your wonderful entries. You've have taken us on many journeys, trips and adventures and I've enjoyed them all, with hopes of many more.
    Thanks for bringing us along...Phil

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  48. Thank you sir, you made my tours in Afghanistan and Iraq much more tolerable with your writings and photos.
    Forever Grateful,
    Walt ><)))*>

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  49. Amazing Alan, It feels like longer that I've been enjoying your amazing blog! Congratulations - here are to many more days afield, and to another 2 million page views :)!
    Will

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  50. Congratulations.. This has truly been a favorite over the years. Thsnks

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  51. Hi Alan

    I have followed your blog for around a decade now. It has provided me with some excellent incites into fishing thin blue lines and hints/tips to use on my own local streams.

    Keep up the fantastic work

    Alistair

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  52. Great blog, one of my favorites...!

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  53. I bought the Tiny Ten 2 based on your blog. Looking forward to using it on Midwest thin blue lines.

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  54. Alan... Thanks for the great reads with the most gorgeous photography of places you visit and fish that you catch. The table fare is just a bonus! I can't believe that we have been blogging this long. Haha. Keep up your health and keep enjoying the journey! Your blogging buddy, RD.

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  55. Alan, my wife has posted a blog every day for almost 20 years; missing only a handful of days. Therefore, I appreciate the commitment that you put into SMR. We, as your readers cannot thank you enough for you dedication.

    Bill Love
    Sandpoint, Idaho

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  56. Ooops .... I meant to write SSR instead of SMR.

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  57. Congrats! Thanks for introducing me to the soft hackle fly.

    Chris MaineFly207

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  58. Hello Alan, Again I want to compliment and thank you for your excellent blog. I'm 76, and your prose and photos are a part of my day. You bring along on your outings, a simple philosphy of fishing that you represent well in your words and photos. Bob M.

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  59. Love the blog, your writing, stories,food photos,and flies. Thanks for taking the time to share them.

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  60. Thank you again Alan for your blog. It is visited numerous times a week even for repeated viewings for outdoor therapy. Thank you.
    James S.W. Florida

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