Well, started out the infamous weekend by having my truck die. I then kept a promise to a 12 yr old boy up the street to teach him how to tie flies. Then, spent half the day over at my mother's Boston home before she leaves again for Tokyo where she'll work for the next year in the medical field. Finally got around to the website.
Started by taking inventory of all the stuff I need to put up... mountains of it! It's a labor of love. There are such incredible people and places in this sport. After reviewing the materials with ten times the interest I've had for any ESPN fishing program, I got started.
Then the dogs started to bark and I looked out the window - it was my dear wife and kids, who decided they would come home early on Sunday to beat traffic, have a family dinner and let the kids do their homework. Who could complain.
What I did get done was exciting and very interesting because of the contributions coming in from members. I think their stories and images will impress you. New stuff will be posted through the week.
The guild is getting a lot of interest and I look forward to building this up with all of you who are interested. I am starting a guild members discussion board and will email logins and passwords to those who join.
I hope to make a bigtime announcement about the rod program over the next day or two.
I hope to plug in some of the commerce stuff to offer unique products at discounted prices to raise money to keep the site going. The uses of any earned money will be for things like payment to professional editors for the guild or programmers to build the wild and crazy things that big business sites have. Legal issues come with growth, and we all know what that costs.
All in all the goal is to build the site step by step without shooting itself in the foot and gain momentum by providing benefits to members while sharing in success. A co-op of sorts.