SHFC Update: Fix, Baby, Fix…

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Starting to get feedback on Single-Handed Fly Casting from outside readers. All of them are English-as-second-language speakers/writers. Their feedback is very helpful in cleaning up concepts and adjusting word usage. If they can’t understand what I’ve written, without the use of images, then I need to think hard about fixing things. In other words, my text has to make sense to people other than native “American-ese” speakers. That is especially key for this book, since the majority of pre-orders are currently from fly fishers residing outside the U.S.

It is my desire that the text is approachable by readers of all casting levels, with only minimal moments of “huh?” involved. SHFC is not “light reading,” that’s true,  but hopefully it won’t seem too heavy in how it goes about explaining the information.

SHFC Update – Proofing

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Single-Handed Fly Casting has been written, slashed to pieces, re-written, slashed and re-writtten some more, and then kind of edited. And now it’s out for some proofreading, which it desperately requires (I can barely stand to look at the text anymore, much less read it again while doing a fine-grained error check). A special thanks to Aitor, Grunde, and Lars for taking on the gruesome task.

I will make no apologies, SHFC is going to be a big honker of a book, with lots and lots of words between the pictures. I see it as the basis for the rest of the casting writing that I do from here on forward, so it needs to be built strong and deep. If you like detail and getting into what makes things tick, then SHFC is for you. If you want page after page of gorgeous photography without having to take a trip down a casting rabbit-hole, then SHFC isn’t for you. Just being straight-up.

It is my sincere hope that the 1,001 buyers of SHFC will find that their money has been well-spent on a text that can accompany them far into their own fly-casting journeys.

Techie, Geeky Fly Casting Biomechanics Stuff

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As many readers already know, I’ve been involved with 3-D motion-capture of fly casting for some time (since 2004). My focus in the sessions has been caster/rod/line interactions, but the real scientists involved have also looked deeply at biomechanics. For the geeks out there, here are a few links to some of the freely available publications that have came out of various motion-capture sessions.

http://www.asbweb.org/conferences/2006/pdfs/66.pdf

http://www.flycastinginstitute.com/resea…/okeefe_isb2005.pdf

http://www.flycastinginstitute.com/resear…/allen_isb2005.pdf