Since I’ve been posting a bit about A River Runs Through It, I figured I’d also add link to George Croonenberghs. If you don’t know who George was, the link below should fill you in (he’s in Norman’s novella, too).
I first met George on-set and immediately liked him (as did everyone else I can think of). He was big, happy, eager, and had a giant box of vintage Montana fly patterns that would make any red-blooded fly angler weep.
After I doubled for the film’s shadow casting scene, George was waiting. He said something to me that was for me only. I’m not going to get into what it was, but it changed my perception of my own life in some ways.
George died more than a decade ago, and sometimes I think about him, and the words he said, and I feel like I want to go back. I can’t, and he can’t come forward, and that’s just the way it is.
George and I did see one another after the film, but I was too busy in my own head to realize the potential friend I had there. That’s a regret that time can’t erase.
A note for those in the EU who are signed up for a “standard” (meaning not an artist’s proof) copy of Single-Handed Fly Casting. There is a single shop that will be carrying copies of the book:
This is Peer Doering-Arjes shop and Peer contacted me waaay back when I first started this project and asked to order a small heap of copies. Because he asked when he did, he is only shop anywhere that will have copies. We are still working out final quantities and logistics, but one way or another Springforelle will have at least 50 copies of the book (UPDATE: 100).
If you want a book, contact Springforelle and let Peer know.
And…If you signed up on *my* personal list and do decide to order from Springforelle, let me know so I can open up your slot again. Thanks!
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:
As some friends already know, I’ve been following the 30 Reasons film project. Just found out that the website is now live. 30 Reasons is absolutely worth a look (watch the trailer).
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.
From my latest front page over at sexyloops.com:
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.
My Front Page over at Sexyloops.com today. A little remembrance of an old friend…
I mention a lot of friends and fellow casters/instructors in Single-Handed Fly Casting. One of those friends is Christopher Rownes. I’ve known Christopher for years, and always enjoy watching his casting videos (they aren’t as much about instruction as about enjoying casting for its flow and beauty). If you are an instructor or caster who loves the flow, check out a little of Chris’s work here:
Hanging out with my old pal, Paul Arden, at his sexyloops.com casting/fishing Board for a week starting tomorrow (Monday the 18th). Stop by and chat if you get the chance. The Board at SL has been a hotbed of fly casting (and fishing) discussion for many years, with some serious “nuts and bolts” stuff going on regularly (poorly supported fly-casting dogma and pre-conceived notions don’t tend to last long there).
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.