The SC20 Lives (Again)

So, in a rather interesting turn of events, I’ve had a request for built rods from my dormant SC20 project. As a result, I’ve decided to open up the last 10 rods for sale (out of 20 total). There are currently six rod numbers available as of this writing: 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, and 19.

Here’s the low-down for any readers interested:

I once worked on a film, sometimes called “The Movie” in certain circles. It was a film that made fly-fishing a part of the narrative, and made Montana a backdrop for its telling. The film’s title, A River Runs Through It, speaks to the flow of life and water and all that relates them. The film was based on a novella by Norman Maclean, itself a masterpiece in measured and bittersweet storytelling. The silver-screen adaptation of Norman’s words introduced a generation to the lives, loves and losses of a Montana family.

As one of the film’s fly-casting and fishing doubles, I spent a fair amount of time with bamboo in my hand. In one scene I “shadow cast” across the flow of the Gallatin River only a couple of miles from where I caught my first ever trout on a fly.

In creating the SC20—commemorating the twentieth anniversary of the film’s release—I wanted to retain an essence of the classic bamboo rods I used on the set, but re-interpreted to provide sensations that are distinctly modern. The SC20 is the type of rod that I think would have felt at home in early twentieth-century Montana. It is also a rod that I think feels at home today.

The SC20 is available in limited edition run of 20 rods total. Each rod is numbered with individual deep-laser engraving on the reel seat and rod-tube cap.

Design notes:
With the SC20 I wanted a rod that felt like that its purpose was clear: to catch trout. If you’re looking for a “parking lot rod,” to use that well-worn term, this isn’t it. The SC20 is designed to be most at home at the most-used trout-fishing distances—-let’s call that a range between 30 and 60 feet. The rod is also meant to work with you across a spectrum of real-world casting skills, including aerial and water-mends, roll and Spey casting, and handling sinking lines and a few split-shot.

The SC20 is 9 feet long and is designed to handle both 5-weight and 6-weight lines (although some like a double-taper 4 on it, as well). Line preference is up to the caster.

Action/Flex Profile:
The SC20 could be described as tending toward a full action with a fast recovery. I find it light in the hand, with a distinct sense that the rod has enough reserve to handle being pushed to full-line distances. Because of the sense of lightness and the rod’s thin profile, the SC20 looks far from old-school. The friendly action, though, reminds me of rods that I grew up with and loved as fishing companions.

The SC20 is built with an aesthetic meant to remind one of hand-made components of days gone by, while still having distinctly modern overtones. The blank is jet black gloss with black wraps and silver accents. The nickel silver reel seat (with dyed and stabilized ash burl insert) is matched to the chromed, stainless-steel snake guides. Cork is highest grade Portuguese rings, shaped by hand. A custom-cut cloth sack and exceptional quality aluminum tube are also included.

The blanks are manufactured and built-up in the USA by a small group of dedicated artisans.

Rods are $725 shipped anywhere in the USA. International shipping extra. As these rods are made individually for each client, payment is required prior to rod build. Build times are approximately six eight weeks.

Contact me via comments if interested. Thanks.

SHFC – A Favorite Spread

One of my favorite spreads in Single-Handed Fly Casting. I enjoy doing layout more than anything in the book-making process, and when pages come together so well, it’s a real bonus.

There are only a few (very few) spreads that don’t have images. I’m pleased that the layout flowed that way, and that I had enough to work with so that I could build the book to be truly image-rich.

SHFC Update – Thanks

Since Single-Handed Fly Casting is just about to go to plates (for printing), I figured I’d post a public thanks to all who influenced its creation (basically a copy/paste from the Acknowledgements page).

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There are many people who should be recognized for their help in seeing this project through to completion. This book has been a huge amount of work, and those listed here have made the process both easier and better all around.

My wife, Kelley, and my daughter, Brooke, who both provided deep inspiration.

Dr. Tim Mccue and Dr. Michael Hahn, for 3-D and the Fly Casting Institute.

Dr. Grunde Løvoll, for answers at 500 frames-per-second (and a second set of eyes).

Aitor Coterón, for slow-mo video that makes for fast myth busting (and a third set of eyes).

Paul Arden, Mac Brown, Simon Gawesworth, Mathias Lilleheim, Dr. Noel Perkins, Steve Rajeff, Bruce Richards, Dr. Server Sadik, and Walter Simbirski. Each of you provided some form of input, invention, and/or knowledge.

David Lambert, for the much needed and much appreciated last-second fixes.

There are also four gear companies that provided material support to this effort. A special thanks to C.F. Burkheimer Fly Rod Co., COAST Products, Cortland Line, and Vosseler.

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SHFC Update – PayPal

So, I’ve gotten some emails concerning PayPal and SHFC book order confirmation. The issue revolves around a PayPal receipt, but no apparent response in terms of direct verification of order from me. Once a PayPal order is placed, it is processed on direct behalf of my LLC, and it is much as if you are ordering directly from me. The order comes to me immediately via email and is also stored on PayPal’s servers within my LLC account. So, if you order a copy of SHFC and PayPal says you ordered, it should be a confirmation that things are good.

Thanks much to all who are signed up for a book, it won’t be long now!


Out of curiosity (and to relive the mental pain), I counted the figures in Single-Handed Fly Casting.


That’s not including the figures that have a + b splits, nor does it count the total drawings, since many figures have multiple drawings. A lot of work when all is said and done.

Here’s to hoping that they all make sense!

Project Number 50022936

Got the email that final press proofs for project number 50022936 (Single-Handed Fly Casting) are just a few days away. Once I sign off, the plates get burned. Not long now….

If you still want to pre-order, you can (here). The book will jump to $60 after the boxes arrive, with U.S. shipping/handling also rising to $10.

There are still plenty of slots left out of the 1,001. Only about half the people who expressed interest decided to follow through with a pre-order, so there are plenty of signed/numbered copies available.