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.
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).
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
Might as well kick off the artistic part of this reloaded blog with a new-ish favorite of mine. This is my daughter, Brooke’s, first trout drawing, from February of this year (2015). She said she was going to draw a trout, sat down, and there you go. It’s pretty straightforward, but I’m not about to offer her any critique!
Brooke turned two last October (2014), and I’m so excited to see her loving her art so much. Pens, markers, crayons, watercolors, glitter glue, or Buddha Board, she enjoys it all.
To honor my little girl and her love of fish, this is also the first drawing I’m using in Single-Handed Fly Casting. Call me a proud papa, or whatever, but then again, that’s exactly what I am.
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.
As you may have noticed, FF&W isn’t the same as it used to be. Long story, but for now this is a temporary blogging solution. Once I get Single-Handed Fly Casting published, I’ll be able to devote some time to a more complete site.
In the meantime, more posts below …
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 $
50-55 USD (UPDATE: It will be $55), with additional shipping costs.
Using my old Nature of Fly Casting book as a basis. I’m guessing that shipping will be $6 or so via Media Mail in the States (UPDATE: yes), probably in the $
12-13 range to Canada (UPDATE: more like $36, shipping costs went ballistic for packages over 3 pounds) and $25 or so everywhere else (UPDATE: more like $50, same reason as Canada). Those are *guesses* not final numbers (UPDATE: pretty close to final).
With the massive change in shipping costs outside the U.S. I imagine some readers will want to skip the book and not follow through with a pre-order. Understandable. I’ll see what I can do to reduce costs, but I have a feeling that they are what they are.
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.