SHFC Update – Thanks

Since Single-Handed Fly Casting is just about to go to plates (for printing), I figured I’d post a public thanks to all who influenced its creation (basically a copy/paste from the Acknowledgements page).

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There are many people who should be recognized for their help in seeing this project through to completion. This book has been a huge amount of work, and those listed here have made the process both easier and better all around.

My wife, Kelley, and my daughter, Brooke, who both provided deep inspiration.

Dr. Tim Mccue and Dr. Michael Hahn, for 3-D and the Fly Casting Institute.

Dr. Grunde Løvoll, for answers at 500 frames-per-second (and a second set of eyes).

Aitor Coterón, for slow-mo video that makes for fast myth busting (and a third set of eyes).

Paul Arden, Mac Brown, Simon Gawesworth, Mathias Lilleheim, Dr. Noel Perkins, Steve Rajeff, Bruce Richards, Dr. Server Sadik, and Walter Simbirski. Each of you provided some form of input, invention, and/or knowledge.

David Lambert, for the much needed and much appreciated last-second fixes.

There are also four gear companies that provided material support to this effort. A special thanks to C.F. Burkheimer Fly Rod Co., COAST Products, Cortland Line, and Vosseler.

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SHFC Update – PayPal

So, I’ve gotten some emails concerning PayPal and SHFC book order confirmation. The issue revolves around a PayPal receipt, but no apparent response in terms of direct verification of order from me. 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 me. The order comes to me immediately via email and is also stored on PayPal’s servers within my LLC account. So, if you order a copy of SHFC and PayPal says you ordered, it should be a confirmation that things are good.

Thanks much to all who are signed up for a book, it won’t be long now!

275

Out of curiosity (and to relive the mental pain), I counted the figures in Single-Handed Fly Casting.

275

That’s not including the figures that have a + b splits, nor does it count the total drawings, since many figures have multiple drawings. A lot of work when all is said and done.

Here’s to hoping that they all make sense!

Project Number 50022936

Got the email that final press proofs for project number 50022936 (Single-Handed Fly Casting) are just a few days away. Once I sign off, the plates get burned. Not long now….

If you still want to pre-order, you can (here). The book will jump to $60 after the boxes arrive, with U.S. shipping/handling also rising to $10.

There are still plenty of slots left out of the 1,001. Only about half the people who expressed interest decided to follow through with a pre-order, so there are plenty of signed/numbered copies available.

Fishing Thoughts of a Four-Year Old (Part 1 of Many, I Am Guessing)

So my little daughter, Brooke, wanders over to me:

“I had a sleep show [read: dream] last night.”
“Yeah, what was it about?”
“I was fishing for sharptooth minnows [read: prehistoric minnows] with my fly rod.”
“Oh. Did you catch any?”
“Yes. I was using the rainbow fly from your fly box [her favorite sparkle woolly bugger].”
“Did you fin tag them and release them?”
“Yes, they were snapping at me!”

She’s a really cool kid.

SHFC Update – Final Check & Writing a Check

I’m giving Single-Handed Fly Casting a final once-over before producing the PDF for press. I got the dust jacket built to press dimensions over the weekend and am creating the foil stamp imprint file today. Looks like the book will weigh in right at three pounds, and should have some good “shelf presence.”

The look/feel is much of what I had hoped for, although there are limitations with a vertical format. The flow of text and line illustrations feels really good (better than photos to my eye). Insane amount of work to get all the pics finished, but finished they are.

Next step involves a signed quote, a large check, and a FEDEX envelope. Once the book is in the press queue, I’ll post on expected arrival date.