As editor of FAOL it is my duty to read and, if needed, make corrections
and/or improvements to the material submitted to us for the various sections
here. Those who write for us know that rarely is a word changed. I try very
hard to run things exactly as they come in. Oh, there are little things like
adding/deleting a comma or other tiny changes, but the main, original,
'from-the-heart' of the author is defended at nearly all costs.
I try to have those who write for us be fishermen who will write rather than
professional writers who fish. You seem to like it that way, I know I do. There
is a certain factor to the things they write for us. It is usually the truth, or darn near
so. It is what I consider 'communication.' The idea gets through intact, not influenced
by outside forces. In a way, it is like TV used to be many years back, guys like
Huntley and Brinkly etc.
The good news here though is this. We receive compliments on a constant basis
on the quality of the writing on FAOL! Now it is a fact that some of our writers
are indeed 'quality writers.' But for the most part they are not writers at all. Just
fly fishing folks who are willing to take the time to scratch something down for us
all and send it in. Believe me, we are grateful, we appreciate all the work done by
each and every one of them. Without the input of our 'stable' of contributors this
web site would not be anything like it is.
The stories, tips, instruction, narrative and other material has honesty and emotion.
Those qualities have been noticed by more than many of you realize. The best
compliments come to us from publishers. Yes, those guys who print the books
you go out and buy. These are the ones at the top of the fly-fishing game. They
like the way you are doing it! And so do we. From Jim and Deanna and all those
who read and enjoy, a very public 'THANK YOU' from FAOL. ~ James Castwell