Changes and a few more ISE pictures
by: David Coulson 1/13/2012
I fully intended to blog shortly after the International Sportsmanís Expo (ISE). My calendar looked empty and I figured no problem. Uhm, well it turns out s___, er, stuff happens. Work, column Monday, meeting Tuesday, family Wednesday, errands and what not Thursday, and now itís Friday and Iím not totally sure where the week went.
As with years prior, the show was a lot of fun and I only wish Iíd taken a bit more time to visit a few more booths, but itís just as well I didnít as my wallet would likely have taken a bigger hit than it did. The fur dealer got a few bucks for a fox pelt and several tails. Then I ran into James Emmons, an old friend from Grand Junction, selling, at huge discounts, flies and tying material. Needless to say, he drained my wallet a bit more, as I stocked up on thread and flash-a-bou. My wallet was saved by clock, as I needed to get back to the FxR booth. Canít imagine how my bank account would have looked if Iíd visited everybody.
Iíve posted a number of pictures from the show for your enjoyment.
There are a goodly number of changes in the works. First, the points system, weíre in the process of revamping it to give greater credit to those who contribute to the site with conditions reports, corrections to lake pages, skippering, lake editors, and more. Points for forum activity will only be awarded for ďfins upĒ given by fellow members. Further, there will be an increasing number of opportunities to put the points to use. Everything should be in place by the end of the month and there will be a page fully explaining the new program.
A second change is weíre bringing on a few new bloggers and there are a couple field editors in the works. Iíll introduce them as they are brought on board over the next few weeks.
We have two new bloggers starting this week. First is Jen Kugler, who goes by FlyFishilicous. A long time fisher she is relatively new to the world of fly fishing, taking up the sport this last August. When she isn't out tossing a fly, she can be found at the fly tying table creating patterns for her next outing. We expect her writings to follow the style of her other blog Fly Fishilicious is full of quirky attitude, gear reviews and just general shenanigans about her fly fishing adventures. Please help me welcome FlyFishilicous to FishExplorer.com.
Iím also pleased to announce another blogger, Jennifer Kalous aka The LadyinPink. I can safely say Iíve known her my entire life. Further, her wanting to blog caught me totally by surprise. Not sure why, as sheís an excellent fisher with good writing skills. But as often as weíve fish together, truly a life time. You see I was the one to introduce her to the sport; after all sheís my daughter. But until recently sheís never indicated a desire to write about her fishing experiences. I guess featuring her in my blogs and columns stirred up a kindred spirit.
When she approached Matt and me, we were both excited about the prospect, especially, given her increased involvement with Fish Explorer on several fronts. Many of you may have noticed at the ISE were she played a big hand in keeping things flowing smoothly at the FxR booth. Further, sheís been helping behind the scenes rolling out new club program to develop a much stronger working relationship with fishing organizations in all four states. Iíll leave it to Jennifer to explain the details down the road.
Thereís no doubt in my mind sheíll bring a new dimension to the site, and that youíll find her writing excellent reading. She always strives to do the best she can with any endeavor she takes up, including besting Dad every chance she gets on the water.
Please welcome the LadyinPink to our growing family of bloggers.
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moosegoose, CO 1/13/2012 9:04:23 PM
Excited to read their blogs!
IceFishingFool, CO 1/13/2012 9:07:54 PM
Welcome Jennifer, and Jen, was a pleasure meeting everyone, at the booth, even Jeff whom I did not reconize, then his name tag finally sunk in LOL. Looking forward to taking a crack at P-low this summer, as well as a few other waters.
FlyFishilicious, CO 1/13/2012 10:18:08 PM
Thanks for the intro. I'm excited to start writing and be a part of this community!
LadyinPink, CO 1/13/2012 11:26:26 PM
Thank you for the intro Dad! It was a ton of fun working at the expo and I am super excited to be more involved with Fish Explorer.
Dan Swanson, CO 1/14/2012 6:26:18 AM
Great to have both of you on board.
jshanko, CO 1/14/2012 11:39:00 AM
Welcome aboard Jen and Jen, always read the articals and blogs, never know what you can learn or relearn. This is just a great post that just keeps getting better.
fom, CO 1/14/2012 4:18:54 PM
Wow that picture of Bud should be hanging in the post office .