DONE. More to follow.
The post title says it all. Pre-order Single-Handed Fly Casting here. If you pre-order, you’re assured of a book (as long as the 1,001 slots last), and of getting pre-order pricing. The one aspect I cannot control is shipping costs, which outside the U.S. have become quite steep for a book of this weight.
Hoping to have books to ship at some point in December 2016. See the post above for a further update.
To order, simply click on the option that applies to you and proceed.
And remember, if you are in the EU, Springforelle fly shop will have a special run of 100 separately signed/numbered books just for that market.
Okay, for all those who have pre-ordered a copy of Single-Handed Fly Casting I have some news. Looking like the book will likely be coming off the press in the week after U.S.A. Thanksgiving (I say “likely” because times can shift a bit). It then travels from Ohio to Washington, and then out to everyone as fast as I can manage to sign and ship. A/P copies first, then reserved numbers, then general numbers in ascending order.
Hoping that the book will be sold out by the New Year, but we’ll see just how many people really want a limited edition book on fly casting….
A quick book update for those who have pre-ordered Single-Handed Fly Casting. I’m expecting to have an official press date shortly. With that should also come a fairly good idea about ship date to me, and that will be followed by me shipping individual books as fast as I can handle. Artist’s Proofs will ship first, followed by non-A/P books that had reserved numbers, followed by general number order lowest to highest.
For those curious as to how the book itself looking at this point in time, I’ve attached an image showing a spread from the D-Loop Group chapter.
If you were on the SHFC “pre-pre-order” list as of Friday night (Sept 16), an email has been sent your way. Things have reached the point where the “pre-pre” is now just “pre”, with the book in its final image prep and layout phase. Files should be headed to the printer in October.
As of Sunday (the 18th) night, the list was showing about a 74% open rate, so many readers have seen the mail, but certainly not all. If you are on the list and you don’t see the mailing in your inbox, check your spam/junk folders. I had 14 emails “bounce,” which means they couldn’t be delivered normally. Of those, only 6 were “hard” bounces, which means a dead-end email address or something else stopping the message cold. If the mailing just isn’t anywhere to be found on your system, let me know here and I’ll re-send.
For those of you who signed up over the weekend, I’ll get a mailing to you this coming week. There are enough open slots to accommodate everyone at this point, so no worries there.
I’ll also be building a dedicated order page with direct links. Coming this week, as well.
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.
My latest fly-casting geek-fest of at Sexyloops.com: http://www.sexyloops.com/index.php/ps/more-hauling
And something to balance that geekiness out, from years back:
So, what’s up with Single-Handed Fly Casting? Good question!
two one chapter s 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.
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.
One summer, my wife, Kelley, and I devoted a few days to fishing some of less-pressured stretches of Montana’s famed Gallatin River. While the public access points were stacked with Bozeman and Big Sky traffic, a bit of walking and wading often found us a quiet place on the river. One of those places still held the remnants of a modest channel. Its flows were slowed to a crawl by the summer sun, and its thread-bare riffles babbled softly into two deep pools.
Read the rest of the story here.