Monday, July 17, 2006

reading the signs

Over at Fly Fisherman, Larry Tullis asks about the current state of the fly fishing publishing industry. I've certainly got no beef with Mr. Tullis, but I find this comment to be a bit off base:
Granted, there are many passionate angling writers out there that would and do write for little or nothing just to help pass on valuable info. That doesn't help the industry as a whole when you lose those who need to see a profit from their efforts or they simply can't afford to spend their valuable time writing. Would you be more inclined to believe an medical article by a doctor or an eager amateur? If we like books and articles by industry pros, we need to support the printed hardcopy publishing industry more. Build up your fly fishing libraries and suscribe to quality magazines.
Yes, the term "industry pros" does make me chortle but the glaring omision in Tullis's post seems to be the blogosphere. Take a look at the sidebar ---> Moldy Chum, Trout Underground, Flytimes... that's the evolution Mr. Tullis seems to have overlooked.


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5:48 AM  
Anonymous TC said...

Loved your comment and your thoughts.

I just posted a response to the Tullis thread to the effect that fly fishing publishing has been dying for years.

And that my Trout Underground fly fishing blog comes with something no book does - an interactive community of leaders who comment on my words almost in real time.

Keep fighting the good fight...

Tom ( Chandler

7:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While blogs are amusing, I'm always amazed at the self-importance bloggers assign to their work.

The fly-fishing blogs have a long way to go before they are really going to be considered relevant by the general fly-fishing population.

12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and yet here you are...

9:42 PM  
Anonymous TC said...

Ignoring your "self-importance" strawman, it's clear that my blog readers/posters find the Trout Underground plenty relevant.

At least enough to visit a couple times a week.

And you might even be right about them having a "long way to go..." but then - we haven't been around very long either.

Blogs won't replace books, but they do offer a community experience that books don't - and most manage to avoid the "cesspool of content" that clogs the message boards.

One final thought about "self-importance." Have you read the dross published in most of today's mainstream fly fishing magazines?

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