It was way back in 2011 when I made the decision to take on a massive 365 project. The idea is to present one thing every day for an entire year. It could be music, photograph, artwork, recipe, or in my case, to present one streamer fly every day during 2012. I was inspired by artist Jeff Kennedy and his Drawing Flies 365 project he completed in 2011. Being that 2012 was a leap year, the 365 grew to 366. My vision was to showcase a fly with a photograph, the recipe, and some background information about the history or design considerations of the pattern. I soon realized that 366 streamers would be too many flies for me to take on by myself so I reached out to streamer tyers whom I had met over the years. I also approached many I had not had contact with before. I was lucky to find over 50 talented tyers from 8 countries. Anglers from Argentina, Australia, Canada, England, Finland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and the United States all participated in the 2012 project. I was able to meet many of the tyers in person and it was an amazing project to head up.
The original streamers were auctioned off and we were able to raise some money to fund several donations to fishing organizations. Trout Unlimited, Atlantic Salmon Federation, Project Healing Waters and several other organizations all received donations from the project. I would have loved to keep the entire collection together but I feel putting some funds towards promoting fly fishing and preserving habitat was a noble cause.
We continued the project in 2013 with 100 hairwing flies and in 2014 we added a few collections of flies from several fly tyers. The original Streamers 365 project was also turned into a series of 3 books and a special limited edition of 50 copies which included all 366+ patterns and cover art by Diane Michelin. The project covered original patterns from many of the tyers as well as reproductions of the classics like the Grey Ghost, Cains River Series, and the Silver Darter.
But time marches on and with the project firmly wrapped up, I decided it was time to move ahead. These days I spend most of my time tying flies for my business Piscator Flies and when possible film some fly tying videos for my growing YouTube Channel. There are many costs associated with hosting websites and so I decided the time had come to start shutting the doors as I wasn’t actively creating new articles or videos for Streamers 365. But, there is a ton of content on the site in streamer form that resulted from the project and it would be a shame if it disappeared from the internet.
I felt like I needed to find a new home for the articles and Global Fly Fisher immediately popped into my mind. Martin Joergensen is the angler behind the scenes at GFF and he has been avidly collecting and publishing fly tyer articles since 1994, WOW. He was an early advocate of the project and showed his support of the project with book reviews and an interview on his website. With over 2500 articles on the site, it has become an essential resource for fly tyers. Even when I was building the Streamers 365 project, the Raske’s New England Streamer Page section of GFF was an excellent resource.
I reached out to Martin Joergensen from globalflyfisher.com to see if he would be interested in hosting the archive. To my delight, he agreed to take on the project and to give it a new home. I’m grateful that the Streamers 365 collection will be housed at such an exceptional and trusted resource. Thank you, Martin, I’m happy to have my project cached with such an outstanding collection of fly tying. You can find all of the Streamers365 articles on Global FlyFisher here https://globalflyfisher.com/streamers365.
I want to thank all of the tyers and artists who took part in the project. It was an honor to get to know you all better and I’m all the richer for it. Thank You!
Tie them long, and keep a hook in your vise! – Darren MacEachern