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.
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.
As many readers already know, I’ve been involved with 3-D motion-capture of fly casting for some time (since 2004). My focus in the sessions has been caster/rod/line interactions, but the real scientists involved have also looked deeply at biomechanics. For the geeks out there, here are a few links to some of the freely available publications that have came out of various motion-capture sessions.
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.
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).