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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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"John Gierach is a master at spinning tales."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074329176X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743291767
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #464,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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More John Gierach; what could be better? Okay, okay, maybe a 20-inch brown on 7X tippet. If you love easy going patter about the most enjoyable pastime in the world - fly fishing - this is the book for you. My all time favorite is Sex, Death and Fly Fishing, but this one is nearly as good. I just hope he keeps churning them out until I croak.
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I enjoy fly fishing but am a long way from an expert in fact after 50 years of fishing I'm still struggling to reach novice status. I did not purchase this book to instruct on how to fish but for it's entertainment value. This book turned out to be one of the most comfortable and pleasant fly fishing adventure books I've read. You can sit down on any evening and read a section finishing up with a desire to get out on the water and cast a few flys yourself.
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My dad taught me to fly-fish and gave me my own bamboo rod at the age of 6.
I have such wonderful memories of fishing with my father and when life took me in different directions, I longed for those golden days.

Three years ago, I met a fisherman who enjoys fishing the small streams and ponds like I do and has traveled with me to New York and Pennsylvania for trout , to Alaska to fish for salmon and to the Everglades to fish for Largemouth Bass.

We were supposed to take a fly-fishing vacation to Yellowstone for the month of August and were all set to go when he had to go to the hospital. He has been there for 25 days and feels like he is under "house arrest".

Our only escape is a Gierach book, read off the new Amazon Kindle I just bought for him.
Gierach captures all that we feel about being out there and we are fishing with him from the hospital bed.

Thanks, John for setting us free!
M.E. DePalma and Skip Mackey
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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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