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What You Liked About Casting Across in 2018

2018 was quite the year for me. By extension, it was quite the year for Casting Across.

Let me begin by saying thank you. I am always humbled and a little surprised that thousands of people want to read what I have to say about things like fly rods or using the sense of smell while fishing. I’ve said it before – I write because I want to write. But I also truly enjoy sharing with others who are passionate about getting outdoors and spending their time fly fishing.

On the last day of the calendar, I wanted to share how people have read, liked, and contributed over the past year.

Here were 3 highlights of 2018 on Casting Across:

The 3 Most Read Posts These posts got the most clicks in 2018.

  • Why You Never Go Fly Fishing Alone This is my letter to my friends in the fly fishing industry. I’ve come to appreciate the amount of love, labor, and loss that comes with truly striving to make something for fly fishers. In my opinion, seeing the link between people and things is important for anglers to realize.
  • The Perfect Small Stream Fly Rod? I don’t want to pigeonhole myself, but I am a smallĀ  stream fly fisher. Whether it be mountain streams or spring creeks, I truly enjoy the whole experience. You can catch fish in these places with any fly rod. But the perfect fly rod will make the experience much, much better.
  • My Top Fly Fishing Podcasts This post has remained a highlight for the site for over three years. It was the first of nearly a dozen posts regarding podcasts. The medium, the 21st century version of radio, is a natural fit for fly fishing conversations. Check out how the whole podcast thing started on Casting Across.

The 3 Most Liked Pictures These Instagram posts (pictured above) got the most likes in 2018.

  • The first is a little artificial, because it is tied to a contest where I was soliciting posts. That being said, it is clear that fly fishers love gear and are willing to tap their phone to try and get some.
  • The second is a recipe for likes. Trout, mountains, water, and an angler. My first high country trip for cutthroats is a great memory.
  • Third, a brook trout in the White Mountains. I love this picture, and it has become the header image on the site and in my social media.

The 3 Other Things

  • As I mentioned above, I enjoy the people behind the things in the fly fishing industry. In 2018 I was able to spend quality time with friends from Vedavoo and Risen Fly… fishing, even! I also had great conversations with Jacob & Jillian from Between Two Banks, Cortney from Blue Halo, Jay from Finest Fly Tying Benches, Brian & Pete from Postfly, Abbie from Kismet Outfitters, Ben from The Fly Fishing Show, and Luke from Riversmith. There are many, many more great people and companies that I’ve been thankful to work with or just talk to in 2018.
  • In just the last month, 2018 saw the introduction of the Casting Across Fly Fishing Podcast! I like the idea of offering up Casting Across content in a different medium. Admittedly I have no clue what I am doing. But I’m interested in seeing where this goes.
  • Baby #4 snuck into 2018 at the 11th hour. I am so blessed and thankful for my growing family.

Happy New Year from Casting Across!


  1. JZ says:

    Always count your blessings bestowed upon you. Friends, family, good rods and available time on the calendar is always magic for the fly fisher. Throw in a cold IPA or two at the end of the day and what’s not too love. Be the scribe you are and keep writing, its your passion and be dammed who doesn’t agree with it. Your message is peace and better information about the sport. I dig it especially in the throws of winter. I’m not into your podcasts, for those that are, more power too you!. You are a better person than I am, lol. I hope you enjoy your New Years day and may the upcoming year be your best yet. Oh ya, may you catch the small brookie that got away and made you look like a stupid fool in the middle of nowhere in the mountains, lol. That’s my hope at least. I know where she lives and I’m going to catch her and give her a kiss. Any bets, she kisses me back…I said she, lol…

  2. Dean Wormell says:

    Happy New Year, Matt and growing family!! I’m not sure, but we may have met in 2018 and that is definitely a highlight for me. I do enjoy your writing and insights and, as a podcast junkie, like what you’re doing with the spoken word. I don’t make resolutions, but would resolve to get you out striper fishing with me in 2019. Peace, joy and God Bless the Casting Across crew!

  3. Wayne Parmley says:

    Keep it going, I truly enjoy your posts. And I agree, “Why You Never Go Fly Fishing Alone” was great. I struggle with why I don’t like to fish alone more often, think something is wrong with me or something. But at the end of the day, it is always way more fun to share an outing whether it ends up great, so-so or bad. Looking forward to 2019. Thanks!

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