SHFC Update: Fix, Baby, Fix…


Starting to get feedback on Single-Handed Fly Casting from outside readers. All of them are English-as-second-language speakers/writers. Their feedback is very helpful in cleaning up concepts and adjusting word usage. If they can’t understand what I’ve written, without the use of images, then I need to think hard about fixing things. In other words, my text has to make sense to people other than native “American-ese” speakers. That is especially key for this book, since the majority of pre-orders are currently from fly fishers residing outside the U.S.

It is my desire that the text is approachable by readers of all casting levels, with only minimal moments of “huh?” involved. SHFC is not “light reading,” that’s true,  but hopefully it won’t seem too heavy in how it goes about explaining the information.

SHFC Update – Proofing


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.

SHFC Update – Through Chapter 12 (and Pics)

jborger-shfc-cover-shot_1509So 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.


SHFC Update – Chapter 9 Edited (Check the Page Count)

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.


SHFC Update – TOC (sort of)


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.

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SHFC Update – Index Done!


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
Read Me!
Gear Prologue
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
The End

Single-Handed Fly Casting (Pre-Pre-Order)


My current book project, Single-Handed Fly Casting, is in the photo and editing stages right now. There will be 1,001 hardcover copies, signed and numbered. There are currently no plans for a softcover edition.

I am taking pre-pre-orders for the book now. If you want to get in line for the actual pre-order (which will require actual money), either leave a comment below or send me an email. Those who sign up for the “pre-pre” will get the chance to grab a copy first if they still want one by the time I get this project done.

As of now, I do *not* have a locked-down timeframe for the printing of this book. I still have a lot of work to do, but things are moving along.

I also do not have final pricing as of yet, but it will likely be somewhere around $50 USD, with additional shipping costs.
Using my old Nature of Fly Casting book as a basis. I’m guessing that shipping will be $5-6 in the States (via Media Mail), probably in the $12-13 range to Canada and $25 or so everywhere else. That’s a *guess* not a final number.

UPDATE: If you already signed up on the previous blog, I have your info in a database, no need to sign up again. If you are signing up for the first time via a comment, please allow a few hours to a day or two before your comment appears (spam filtering and all that). Thanks.