SHFC Update – First Review!

The first review of Single-Handed Fly Casting is in:

“This is a must read for all instructors.”
– Walter Simbirski

That’s the whole review, all eight words of it. I don’t mind a one-liner that just gets to the point! The review was posted to a group email list directed at–wait for it–fly casting instructors. Surprising, I know.

So, if you teach fly casting, follow the advice above and part with your hard-earned cash. You’ll live to (hopefully) not regret it.

SHFC – Stop the Presses! (and Re-Approved)

A quick update on the SHFC book project.

After discovering a bit of a tpoy typo disaster concerning the first 100 pages (convoluted story as to why), I was able to stop the production process before plates were made. I fixed the issues (with *big* thanks to my pal, Aitor Coterón) and also got a few more misc typos dealt with in the process. I then re-approved the files.

That was last week. This week, the book is back into the plating process for the press. I’m supposed to have a revised “ready-to-ship” date due here shortly. I’ll post as soon as I get the email.

BTW…If you’re thinking of adding this to your collection, pre-order now and save a few bucks over the “standard” pricing.

SHFC – Pre-Press Update, April 11

Looking like “the book” will be through press approval late tonight. Probably a couple of pages that will need to go through pre-press again, but that’s very quick. In the meantime, here’s the “what it’s all about” blurb from the back cover:

Jason Borger’s Single-Handed Fly Casting is a forward-thinking exploration of casting and mending. Self-teaching skills, like the 3-Step Exercise, and many straightforward analogies make the text more easily explored by casters of all levels. With the Modular Approach, fly casting is packaged into focused, manageable chunks, allowing anglers to further take command of their own learning process. Enhancing the foundations are thorough breakdowns of what’s really needed to make casts and mends work properly. The text is also designed for those who teach fly casting, offering an organizational structure that can assist instructors in enhancing their own educational programs.

And if you want a look at the “guts” of the thing, a 99% pure Table of Contents can be found here.

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.