Friday, September 30, 2016


September always means a couple of things.  First, my birthday which is less and less celebratory now that I've passed 40.  I'd like to pause or even go backwards a few years but that's likely not going to happen.  Second, The Fiberglass Manifesto turns another year older as well.  This year is the number eight.  Can you believe it?

Eight years of starting almost every morning early working on blog posts with a cup (or three) of coffee.  Eight years of only fly fishing with fiberglass fly rods and never feeling like I should be using anything else.  Eight years of having conversations with anglers, rod builders, and fly rod companies about glass rods and what they are really capable of doing.  Eight years of traveling all over on fly fishing trips with friends and guides.  Eight years of watching the idea that "Glass Is Not Dead" continue to grow.  Eight years of seeing momentum and industry support behind this revolution of sorts.  Eight years of this silly blog being my daily creative release for my (admittedly hack) photography and writing but always honing skills along the way. 

I want to say thank you to everyone that makes checking in on The Fiberglass Manifesto as part of your day.  Thank you to those that follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and are part of the conversation.  Thank you to the small shop rod builders and fly rod companies who innovate with glass fibers, tweak tapers, and continue to blow my mind with the fiberglass fly rods that are producing.  Thank you to the circle of friends within fly fishing that I've been able to surround myself with over the years.  Thank you to the advertisers that make a lot of what ticks around here possible.  And finally, thank you to my wife (and two children) who have always been an incredible support in everything that I do that is associated with The Fiberglass Manifesto.  It is all very much appreciated.  


Rick Randall said...

A little unsolicited advice Cameron. Relish and celebrate every year in your 40's. It is by far the best decade in our brief time on this earth. I've often told people that bemoan the aging process that if I could live life over, I would trade my 20's and 30's for more 40's. The 50's and so far, the 60's haven't been bad either. For me, the biggest plus was finally realizing how unimportant so many silly things really are. Things that used to seem important. Very liberating. But that's just me. Happy Birthday. Keep up the good work.

Joe Belohorec said...

Congrats on a milestone anniversary Cameron. There are not many fly fishing blogs that make it past a couple of those so you have reason to be proud. Your original content and dedication to the blog shows in every post. The is a reason people are tuning in on a regular basis.

Keep up the great work.


Arnaud said...

Congrats Cameron! Keep on going

John Peipon said...

Happy All Around! Thank you for all that you do, have done, and will do for all of us in this and other communities. Your energy and depth are amazing. I'm glad to know you.

Be Well and, above all, Continue To Have Fun!

Unknown said...

Have a great day every day! Thanks for your efforts. Your passion turns into our fun.

Nathan Mcleod said...

great work you are an inspiration.....thanks

brian waldrop said...

Congrats and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Cameron!! I'll echo Rick's words and sentiment on the 40s, they can be VERY good. No doubt that with raising a family and work, saying that life is busy is an understatement. I keep seeing more and more references to TFM all over the web, so you're obviously doing a lot of things RIGHT...keep up the good work!!

Mick Warren said...

Thanks to you Cameron for all ya hard work

Cameron Mortenson said...

Rick... I appreciate the advise. I'm doing what I can to make the 40's the very best years. So far so good.

Joe... Thank you, Sir. I still have a great time putting it together daily and stoked that a few people check in on it.

Arnaud... Thanks. That's the plan.

John... Glad to know you as well. Thanks for the support.

Unknown... This is always fun.

Nathan... Thanks. I appreciate it.

Brian... Keeping it all in balance is the tricky part. I keep trying.

Mick... Thank you, Sir.