This is for anyone curious enough to want to know about this website and who is behind it.
My name is Raif Killips, I’m the creator and editor of this website. I have a background in the creative industries with a career through fine art & photography, exhibitions design & production, new media production. Born in the late 60s I first wet a line in 1970. That was in Rislip Lido, hooking both minnows and me. I fished seriously from 1975, taking up fly-fishing in ’76. For the best part of twenty years, through the 90s into the new millenia I fished a lot, a pleasure afforded me by my vocation. I wouldn’t label myself in Gary LaFontaine’s words, a ‘trout bum’, for that period, but I’m guessing I fished far more than was good for a lucrative career. More recently I’ve eased up and would now be labeled a family man, and for now, no matter how serious I may take it, a leisure angler – though I don’t rule out a return to old ways.
As it is, I’ve fished nearly all my life and enjoyed the outdoors in all its diversity for just as long. While I’m resident in the UK, I’ve had the pleasure of fishing several States and Provinces of USA and Canada, and several locations across Europe. Currently my home waters are the clear streams of the Peak District National Park, and the reservoirs of Britain’s Midlands. Once my local was the fishing hole in the grounds of Eastern Illinois University, and Lake Charleston; not highlights of my fishing career, though I loved the bass and panfish, and fishing with Sam, Asri and my good friend John are great memories.
Outside of fishing, my career, if it can be called that, has taken me into new media and it is from here that a desire to create a meld of both realms arose.
I built this website with the support of several angling professionals and contributing readers, launching it in 2005. This was with the intention of offering a permanent and free resource, and realised through a small initial investment and now with funds from advertising.
In a new phase of development I’ve integrated existing site content into a popular management system that includes a discussion platform. As part of an ongoing process I’ve also freshly edited articles across the site (as of May 1st 2012) to make sure the content is up to date – feedback on anything I’ve missed is most welcome.
Hopefully you’ll like the new design. It is uncluttered by heavy graphics in order to balance out the incorporation of new elements. If you look at pages in the Patterns and Tying sections, you’ll see one of those additions; namely the switch buttons for left-handed and right-handed tying sequences.
Well, that’s it. I’m not going to write a load of techy blurb about the site, often called the colophon. I’m sure I’ve said enough already… maybe too much.