SHFC Update – EU and Springforelle

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A note for those in the EU who are signed up for a “standard” (meaning not an artist’s proof) copy of Single-Handed Fly Casting. There is a single shop that will be carrying copies of the book:

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This is Peer Doering-Arjes shop and Peer contacted me waaay back when I first started this project and asked to order a small heap of copies. Because he asked when he did, he is only shop anywhere that will have copies. We are still working out final quantities and logistics, but one way or another Springforelle will have at least 50 copies of the book.

If you want a book, and the shipping cost from the U.S. is giving you pause, contact Springforelle and let Peer know.

And…If you signed up on *my* personal list and do decide to order from Springforelle, let me know so I can open up your slot again. Thanks!

SHFC Update – August 25

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I am working through vectorizing all the illustrations for the book right now (that means turning hand-drawn scans into Adobe Illustrator EPS files). Hoping to have them finished, or mostly so, by the first week of September. Then hoping to have layout complete and PDFs set up for press by the 22nd. Things are going smoothly, so I foresee little further delay.

On another note, both via email and on Facebook, I have been getting a number questions from friends about fly-shop/bookstore availability of Single-Handed Fly Casting. There won’t be any. I am printing 1,001 copies, plus 50 (now sold-out) artist’s proofs, period. There will also be few review/overrun copies, as is typical. The book won’t be in shops (with a single, limited exception in Europe), and there won’t be a non-signed/numbered run after the 1,001. There will indeed be other casting book projects after this one, but when the 1,001 are gone, that’s it.

For those interested, standard book cost is $55 (USD). Shipping cost for a single copy is a follows: $6 for the USA, $36 to Canada, and, gulp, $50 for the rest of world. Those last two numbers may seem crazy, but are about as good as it gets for a book weighing about 3 1/2 pounds all said and done.

SHFC Update – August 1

Single-Handed Fly Casting has gone through some big updates and I wanted to share a few quick notes here.

First, the book has migrated to a vertical orientation (8.5 x 11 inches). This was done after a recent printing quote for an oblong orientation showed a marked cost increase. Book still looks good to my eye and everything has transitioned nicely.

Second, all the illustrations are scanned and I am processing them now. The first three chapters are totally finished, which is great to see. I’m likely going to finalize the D-Loop Group chapter next since a couple of reviewers want to look at it.

Third, shipping costs outside the U.S. have gotten a little nutty (shipping inside the U.S. is quite reasonable). The book will weigh over 3 pounds once it’s all together and then add the box it comes in to that tally. That makes it extra special to ship, like $36 (or so) to Canada and $50 (or so) for the rest of the world. Not much I can really do about it, either. Costs have jumped considerably since the last copies of Nature of Fly Casting were shipped, and I fully understand if some readers who signed up for a pre-pre-order aren’t too interested anymore. It is what it is, but I hope that many readers will still find enough value in the limited-edition text to stay on board.

More updates soon…

Inking Done.

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As of Wednesday last week, all the pics for Single-Handed Fly Casting made it through the inking process. I have to digitize them in Photoshop and Illustrator, but that’s much more fun and relatively fast (inking is *not* the fun part).

In related news, I also got my final print quotes back from the press. The cost to print the book oblong (11 x 8.5) has really jumped in the last few years, so I’m going to do this one vertical (standard 8.5 x 11 sheet). I am quickly re-flowing the chapters to the new dimensions, and will soon start dropping in the pics and captions.

It looks like I can keep the book at $55USD plus shipping if I go vertical, so that’s the planned price going forward. I figure that’s reasonable for a text of this size and effort with only 1,001 copies.

I am hoping to have the actual pre-order email (that means $) ready to go this week or coming weekend, with links in place so that purchasing is easy no matter where one lives.

This project has only taken, oh, about 10 years longer than I had hoped, so it’s good to be in the home-stretch at last!

SHFC Update – June 12

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So, what’s up with Single-Handed Fly Casting? Good question!

I have two one chapters to finish inking and then I’m into the layout (the first three chapters are already totally done). Editing, cover, and such are all complete, so when I drop in the last image, and then let my computer build the table of contents and index, I have a book.

Once I finish inking, I will be sending out the email to turn pre-pre-orders into *actual* pre-orders. That means some $ will need to change hands, with the final book cost and shipping costs figured out. Still looking at the $50-$55 range for the book with shipping costs being location dependent. Current paper costs and such will dictate final book price, but I see it in the range just mentioned.

There will be 1,001 signed/numbered hardcovers, and there are still slots open on the reservation list. If there’s enough demand post-printing, I may do something else with the book, but for now I am looking at those 1,001 slots.

Jelly Water Puzzle

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From the latest of my weekly front page entries over at Sexyloops.com.

Years ago, I was fishing a small Montana spring creek regarded for its tricky drag/presentation situations and touchy trout. I had located a big fish feeding near the bank on a gentle bend in the creek. A mayfly hatch had the trout rising, pushing a small wake every time it surfaced. Having spooked a rather large rainbow earlier in the day with an approach that was too close, I decided to hang back, and drop a long Puddle Cast up-and-across to the fish.

Several casts, mends and drifts later, the fish was still rising, but not to my fly.

Read the rest of the story here.