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Fool's Paradise Paperback – Bargain Price, May 5, 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
This addition to Gierach's long list of fishing books is perhaps not of trophy quality, but it's definitely a keeper. Gierach gets back to the basics of fishing in a collection of personal essays in which he contends that fishing is as much about being outdoors with a few friends who share the same passion as it is about catching fish. Of course, he still thrills at the fish's strike and he lands his fair share of them, but he spends as much time describing other aspects of the sport: getting there, what to do in foul weather, camping etiquette and predicting hatches. He even spends some time ruminating on hunting and the business of rod making. With the simple grace and native wisdom he is known for, Gierach always gets back around to fishing and pays special tribute to the fish themselves, sharing his encyclopedic knowledge of North American fish, their feeding habits and their exquisite colorings. Occasionally, he comments on environmental issues such as the effects of logging and housing developments on local streams, but he seems resigned to such encroachments, claiming that he can live with change as long as the fish are biting; such, he confesses, is his fool's paradise. (May)
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"Gierach is a first-rank fishing writer�in the same league as Nick Lyons and Bill Tapply�but his thoughtful meditations on friends and family evoke Garrison Keillor." ---Booklist --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This book is well worth your time and money. Also, good to read something by a guy who has been to King Salmon, Alaska. I've been there a few times on the most memorable fishing trips of my life! His descriptions of King Salmon and the people there are spot on. You will not be disappointed with all of his stories and experiences!