Today, your remarkably humbled editor would like to take a quick detour in tone to announce that this will be my final post as the editor of the Deneki blog. After careful consideration, I’ve made the decision to pursue another opportunity within the industry that will unfortunately render me unable to continue to oversee the content of the blog. Not to worry – the show will go on!
Only those closest to me are likely to understand the impact that the Deneki brand has had on my life over the past six years, yet I feel compelled to share a quick story that may help illustrate it.
I used to read the Deneki blog while attending college in Maine in 2009. From the funk of my dorm room, I practically wore the edges off of my favorite fly fishing DVD, one that was filmed on-site at none-other than Alaska West, as I sought solace from too much time spent in the classroom and not enough time spent on the water. On more than one occasion, my roommates wondered in awe as to how someone could watch the same ‘fishing video’ so many times. It was back then, before my first guide gig or published article, that the Deneki brand and deep roots of the Alaska West family tree became a legacy I aspired to be a part of.
Fast forward nearly a decade, over 1400 blog posts later, after six incredible seasons guiding and overseeing the fishing program at Alaska West, and working as part of the management team at Andros South, my heart has never been fuller.
It’s been a dream come true to have had the opportunity to connect with so many in the fly fishing community. Although I intend to continue to do so through other channels, I want to thank each and every one of you who contributed, commented, or so much as read a single word on the Deneki blog over the years, as well as those with whom I’ve shared a boat, a tent, a gravel bar, or a bottle of Kalik with along the way.
Make no mistake: each of you allowed me to fulfill a dream, something I’m fully aware not everyone is fortunate enough to experience. For that I am eternally grateful. Thank You.
What a trip it’s been. But, as is the case with all fishing trips, “last casts” are a necessity. Not in an inevitably finite sense, but because last casts are a requisite for new fishing trips. Here’s to the next one.
Hope to see you out there.