A few notes on J.BFF projects that are in the works:
The early arrival of my little daughter, Brooke, put a multi-month slow-down on my upcoming Single-Handed Fly Casting book, but I’m finally getting back to filling in the blank areas once again. Also trying to get a good handle on shipping costs, using my old Nature of Fly Casting book as a basis. I’m guessing that SHFC will ship for less than $5 in the States (via Media Mail, at least double that if you want it fast), probably in the $12-13 range to Canada and $20-24 everywhere else ) Buying a ride on a jet, even as one little box in the cargo hold, isn’t cheap these days). Understand that those numbers are a *guess* not final.
The SC20 rod project is charging ahead, seemingly dragging me along with it! Blanks are going into production this coming week and parts are being cut and lasered now, as well. Rods 01, 02, 04, 07, and 15 (of 20 total) are spoken for, with a couple of others undecided on numbers at this point. A few people have asked about a demo rod to try, and yes, there will be one. It will be meant as a way to judge action and rod feel only, not as a cosmetic sample. I hope to have it the next week or two and should be able to send it out to those interested in trying the key aspect of the rod before committing to a purchase. As for final cosmetics, once rod 01 is fully built I will have a collection of photos to post on that subject (the reel seat and rod tube cap pictured above are final).
Since the recent article in “Trout” magazine was published (looking back at the 20 years since my days working on A River Runs Through It), I have had numerous requests for available prints and/or paintings. At this point in time, I totally sold out of my “in-stock” painting work Until I can get the time to replenish some non-commissioned pieces, I am only taking commissions for originals. Sizes start at 4×6 inches (paper size) and prices begin at $50, so getting a commissioned original doesn’t have to mean a big outlay of money or space. One suggestion that I have for those interested is to talk with me about a portrait of a favored fish or fly (see the image above as an example). This is a good way to get an image that is personal. If you like some of the work I have done in the Drawing Fish & Flies 52 projects (2010, 2011, 2012), we can talk about revised versions of some of those, too.
I should also mention that I’m planning on offering some of the original illustrations that I did for my father’s 1991 book, Designing Trout Flies. I just dug the image sheets out of storage and figured that a few readers might be interested in having an original illustration to match a copy of their book. I’ll have a listing of what’s available soon.
For those of you who subscribe to the F&W E-List, the latest mailing went out last week. I had a total of 26 bounces, which is fancy-talk for “they didn’t get delivered.” Usually, bounces result from old email addresses still in the system, or mailboxes that have gone unattended for a long time. If you are on the list and haven’t gotten your January 2013 mailing, check to be sure that your email address is up-to-date (use the “update your profile” link at the bottom of a previous E-List mailing), or check your spam filter to be sure the mailing actually got through.