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.
By the way, if you’re a casting instructor and not reading Aitor Coteron’s One More Last Cast blog, you need to be. Aitor and I have known each other for quite some time, and for years he has been quietly amassing all sorts of slow-motion video and in-depth looks at casting.
Aitor’s work is mentioned numerous times in my upcoming casting book, and his videos are free for all to watch. Just go in with an open mind, as you may need to leave some traditional outlooks on fly casting behind once you start to read/watch.
So I’m done with the content edit of Chapter 12 (Other Casts and Skills, technically the last chapter). I am now into Chapter 11, which is the D-Loop Group. It is long enough to be a small, stand-alone book. This is the last chapter that I have to edit before the book goes out to a few other people to read. Red pens, here we go …
Also starting up the pics. Doing a bit of old school and a bit of new school there, with hand-drawn images being scanned and output as fully scalable vector art. Gives me infinite sizing leeway going forward.
Single-Handed Fly Casting is getting closer to an editing finish, with Chapter 9 (Hauling) now wrapped up. The page count has plummeted during my edits, as well. Was 252 when I started. Not any more. We’ll see what it’s at when I get through Chapter 12. Then in go the pics, and that will expand things in a big way. Aiming to be 360 pages or less when finished.
I’ve got the “last pass” edits done through Chapter 8 (Curves), and am into Chapter 9 (Hauling). A lot of red ink, but then that’s the point. Once I hit the last page, it’s out to a few friends. Illustrations have begun, as well. Really trying to have this thing tied up for the end-of-year holiday time. We’ll see how I do.
While it still needs another pass for continuity, etc., the bulk of the text in Single-Handed Fly Casting is set. Part of the final text-check involves generating a full Table of Contents and an Index. While the Table of Contents doesn’t show correct page numbers yet, it does show an organized topic list, at least to a secondary level. There are many dozens of tertiary headers not shown.
If you’re interested in what the book is planned to contain, you can download a PDF of the current TOC below. Note that chapter names are missing at this point. A list of chapter names can be found in this post.
SHFC TOC 072215
My friend, Marc Fauvet, asked for a video of the Foundation Casting Stroke (as discussed in Single-Handed Fly Casting). I happened to have a nice, fresh one sitting on my system. Marc now has a full post up on his blog, The Limp Cobra.
There is a lot more to say about the FCS in SHFC chapters two and three. It’s a casting stroke that has origins way back in fly casting, but I present it in a way that allows a caster to use his or her body to assist in self-teaching. I also use it as the basis for the other casts in my SHFC book (even Spey? Yes, after it gets some modification along the way).
As suggested by my friend, Al Pyke, I have included the Scottish-ism “fankle” in Single-Handed Fly Casting. What’s a fankle you ask? Here.
Make sense for fly casting? Oh, I think so….
Single-Handed Fly Casting has been fully indexed and the pages are pretty much set. The attached screen-cap shows the pre-pix page count and chapter organization as of yesterday evening.
I very much appreciate all the “pre-pre-order” reservations. Looking like a majority of the 1,001 planned copies may be spoken for by the time the book rolls of the press.
In case the attached image reads like code, here’s the translation:
Table of Contents
1 – Mind-set & Modules
2 – A Foundation
2.1 – Components & Actions
3 – Overhead Cast
3.1 – Loops & Accuracy
4 – Line Control, Grip & Stance
5 – Mending
6 – Side-Arm & Crossing Casts
7 – 3D Casts
8 – Curves
9 – Hauling
10 – Distance & Wind
11 – D-Loop Group
12 – Other Casts & Skills
Those are the second, third, and fourth paragraphs of Chapter One of Single-Handed Fly Casting. The book is very much focused on the human aspect (as it should be), but I wanted to start off by setting that tone clearly. I think many casters get overly concerned about gear (hey, I love gear, too), but the gear can’t do much all by itself.