About PayPal Orders

So, I’ve gotten some emails concerning PayPal and SHFC book order/tee order confirmation. The issue revolves around a PayPal receipt, but no apparent response in terms of direct verification of an order from Fish, Flies & Water (FF&W).

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 FF&W. The order comes to FF&W immediately via email and is also stored on PayPal’s servers within the LLC account. Unfortuntaly, PayPal doesn’t allow for the direct generatation of a secondary cofirmation email. So, if you order a copy of SHFC or a tee and PayPal says you ordered, it should be a confirmation that things are good.

If you do have a question or concern though, feel free to contact me and ask about your book or tee.

A 25th Anniversary Tee

Today (October 9) is the 25th anniversary of the U.S. theatrical release of A River Runs Through It. Since I had a bit to do with the film, and I have unused Bunyan Bug drawings collecting dust, I figured I’d do a tee to commemorate. Going to run 250 50 of these total across all sizes (S – 3XL). I’ll include a signed/numbered card with each tee.

Looking at a pre-order price of $20 plus shipping until the tees arrive, and then $25 plus shipping after the tees arrive. Let me know if you want to be on the early “I’ll take one” list (delivery of tees to me is like 3 weeks or less, so the wait isn’t epic).

50/50 fabric, tagless, washes and travels well, printed right here in Portland, Oregon, US of A.

Will have “click here” order info up in the next day or so. UPDATE: Go 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.