The last thing I'm out to do is piss someone off and have them quit swapping. BUT GUYS...it's been seeming like the deadlines are more like a prompt to start tying the flies instead of having them sent in. There's been a few commitments made and not followed through and I know a few of those that haven't gotten responses from the SM when trying to finish his swap.
I enjoy running the swaps. Gives me something to do since I'm much to much homebound these days and provides other tiers an opportunity to share in the fun while I handle the chores. It's not as simple to keep up on a swap as I've seen it expressed by those who haven't run one and prompt filling of commitments without having to try to chase people helps us SMs a lot,
There are many good reasons to drop out of a swap or be a little late...actually most of the reasons are Not Good for the person having health or home problems but these are easily forgiven. LET US KNOW!!! Don't make us have to try to contact you and get no response. We hold swaps up without an idea if you're still in or out.
As we finish out the summer season of kids out of school and most vacations being scheduled in summer maybe things will improve on the swap front. There will also be more swaps starting as fall approaches and when you make the commitment let's try our best to keep it or contact the SM if you're delayed or can't make it. Most people are good about this but some not so much so.
Once again, I'm not out to PO anyone. I am going to again fire up a Christmas swap for this year starting with a thread early next month and having done it last year it was a lot of time consuming work and yes, I gift wrap all the packages. I'm going to tighten up on some of the requirements for this year and want to have it even bigger and better than last year's swap. That one, because of size and time requirements really needs good participants and Santa rewards us with a great bunch of flies and a new fly box.
ps...That's only for Christmas Swap and a nice box will be provided by all swappers for the Christmas flies. Thank mikechell for this clarification.
pps...Special THANKS to those who step in at last minute requests to fill a swap or take the place of someone who needs drop for very legitimate reasons.