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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1ST edition (May 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743291751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743291750
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #493,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In the same charming style of his previous books, Gierach (Sex, Death, and Fly-Fishing; Still Life with Brook Trout) offers plenty of enthusiasm for nonanglers, but is also full of the firsthand knowledge and sagely guarded secrets that keep fishermen coming back for more. This collection of essays offers envy-inducing travelogues, such as "Baja," "Tennessee," and "Atlantic Salmon," as well as others that focus on the intricacies of "taking someone fishing," such as "The Perfect Host"; others, like "Book Tour," explore the ups and downs of the writing life and publishing business. The most personal look at Gierach, who is both a bamboo-rod snob and free-spirited trout bum, comes in the revealing "Cheating," which covers how anglers "fight over how the fish should be caught" and allows the author to share his biases, transgressions, and some secondhand gems about poaching. No matter the subject, Gierach's prose, complete with catchy one-liners ("the river you see is like a slide show run by a speed freak"; "fishing is like any other quest in the sense that when you finally close the deal, you can be at a loss about what to do next"), combines the naturalist poetics of Norman Maclean and the nascent practicality of Benjamin Franklin. (May)
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Review

"The master of fly-fishing strikes again with his latest adventures in waders."

—Alan Pierleoni, Sacramento Bee



"Even if you can't bait a hook or tie a fly, you may identify with America's best fishing writer, John Gierach, as he details 'the delightful torture known as fly fishing'—and a lot more—in the 20 essays that make up No Shortage of Good Days."

—Steve Bennett, Houston Chronicle



“If you're a fisherman who also loves to read about fishing, you've probably heard of John Gierach, whose essays on fly fishing and life are full of humor, insight and irreverence. . . . just fun to read, as all of his books are.”

—Bob Frye, Pittsburgh Tribune Review



"While Gierach offers plenty of fishing how-to advice, the book is most memorable for the wit and insight he brings to more introspective matters, such as the whys of fishing, the places the sport takes you, and the people you meet. There are many technically correct fishing writers and many with a unique voice, but few bring together these two sides of fishing literature quite like Gierach."

Booklist (starred review)

"Few writers, if any, have written about the implications of fly-fishing as eloquently as Ernest Hemingway in The Big Two-Hearted River, but Gierach brings detailed insight and a sense of humor to the subject. . . . Gierach’s genial campfire manner and woodsy witticisms should hook more than just the average fishing fanatic."

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More About the Author

John Gierach is the author of several previous books, including At the Grave of the Unknown Fisherman, Standing in a River Waving a Stick, and Dances with Trout. His work has appeared in Gray's Sporting Journal, Field & Stream, where he is a contributing writer, and Fly Rod & Reel, where he is a columnist. He also writes columns for the Longmont (CO) Daily Times-Call and the monthly Redstone Review. He lives in Lyons, Colorado.

Customer Reviews

His writing style is eerily similar to the way my books are written.
Kevin M. Sieja
Having read most of Gierach's previous books, I was excited to see him put out another, and eagerly bought this one when I saw it in a book store.
Double D
If you enjoy fly fishing and the outdoors, John Gierach is as good as it gets...
T. Imai

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bamboo Bill on May 24, 2011
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John does it again, simply writes a book that speaks to the heart
of fly fishing. If you live in the mountains and fish small streams
such as I do, you will find yourself dropping your hoe,shovel,ax and wondering off
to your local trout stream for a few hours of pure and simple joy. There will be no regret or guilt for your decision and if there is, you will quietly blame the impulse on the fact that you read Johns book. After all, for the fly fisherman there are No Shortage Of Good Days.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dale L. Crawford on July 13, 2011
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I will begin with stating; "I am a Gierach fan." That said - I was not at all disappointed in his latest book. I enjoyed it! He covered a variety of topics - all tied into fishing ;-) and did so well.

Very enjoyable read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Trout Dad on June 4, 2011
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The only downside to this book is that if you are a regular reader of his column, you have probably read some of these before.

But even then, his writing is so enjoyable, would you mind reading any of these essays twice? Three times?

Trademark Gierach, full of the wit and dry humor that I love him for and the humble observations that make me slow down and look around when I'm out fishing, and make me slow down and think while I'm reading. Even my wife chuckles at the passages I read aloud at the table. I reached the end too soon.
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I have been told that John Gierach is the only fishing writer who makes his entire income solely from writing. If you have not picked up any of his books, I would highly recommend that you start with his earlier work, "Trout Bum" and you can see the adventures of a a younger man who decides life is more important doing the things you love rather than having to do a 8-5 pm schedule. I have purchased and read everyone of his books and often visit them to get a different perspective on my next visit. I rate the quality of a writer on not how quickly you want to get through the book but rather knowing the book will soon end and the need to savor every phrase and page until the inevitable end of the book. If you enjoy fly fishing and the outdoors, John Gierach is as good as it gets...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By eb on October 18, 2012
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Not his best work for sure. But still not a bad read. I suspect the fishing was better the year he wrote it and spent less time on this book than other ones he has done. All in all, worth the money though.
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By Kevin M. Sieja on August 10, 2014
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I am a huge John Gierach fan! His recanted adventures mirror many of my own fishing experiences and I enjoy going with him on those virtual trips to dream destinations. His writing style is eerily similar to the way my books are written. I suppose that most good fishing stories are told that way, casual and fairly direct. For me, fly fishing and life are just the way he describes them.
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By Gary Haskett on July 6, 2014
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Stop reading after a couple of fish trip stories. I would rather go fishing myself than read about it.
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By S. Johnson on June 10, 2014
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Gierach has written several fly fishing books that recount tales and observations of his friends and situations they have encountered, good and bad. I enjoy his simple storytelling style and his reflections on his successes and failures. I think I own all his books and this is a welcome addition to the collection.
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