This is the first anthology of John Gierach s work, a collection that is sure to delight both diehard fans and new readers alike To enter Gierach s world is to experience the daily wonder, challenge, and occasional absurdity of the fishing life from such rituals as the preparation of camp coffee for best results, serve in a tin cup to the random, revelatory surprises, such as the flashing beauty of a grayling leaping out of the water Gierach offers nuggets of practical wisdom on choosing fly patterns and travel companions Do not go fishing with someone who is so set on being back at a certain time that he will refuse to invent a case of car trouble to keep you on the water an extra day , vocabulary Expertizing means acting like an expert Not necessarily being an expert, mind you, but acting like one , and how to fish metaphorically Fly fishing for trout is poetic for bass it s somewhat existential for panfish it s corny, but fun In rivers from Colorado to Scotland, whether alone or accompanied by his fishing buddy A.K I enjoy fishing too much to risk my life at it Death can really cut into your fishing time , Gierach vividly captures both the subtle rhythms of the angling life and the natural world on which it depends
In The Purist, John Gierach says of fly fishing that it led you inexorably to one paradox after another The idea was to catch fish, but the best writers made it evident that it was perfectly okay not to as long as you failed to catch them with the proper grace and style
Whether he s catching fish or musing on the ones that got away, Gierach is always entertaining and enlightening, writing with his own inimitable blend of grace and style, passion and wit.
Posted by Jared
That son of a bitch Gierach He just gives me a way to think about fishing when I m not fishing I m addicted, and after finishing this giant treasury of his best stories, I m not sure what to read this off season Obviously his stories are witty, funny, and reveal not only why so many of us fish, but so much As an avid outdoorsman, a little off center, fiercely independent, and relationship failure, he is kind of my hero Reading his stories also feels like you are getting some insider That son of
Posted by H R Koelling
There were some great essays in this book It was a wonderful introduction to John Gierach, whom I ve never even heard of before I thought he came across as a bit grumpy in some of these essays though I prefer the upbeat fishing essays of Nick Lyons.I started reading this book right before I joined a bunch of friends on our yearly fishing trip to the Deschutes River It really got me in the spirit of fishing after the long Winter The range of fishing locations and experiences he writes a There we
Posted by Jim
I like Mr Gierach s writing, but I don t like it a whole lot Well, I guess I like it enough to go and buy another of his books, Fool s Paradise , which I just downloaded This book is a series of essays about all things having to do with fly fishing for trout, and some things not, such as fly fishing for carp One of my least favorite chapters is the one he drew from his dictation into a digital voice recorder little pocket device that will carry about 31 hours of dictation I keep one in my I like
Posted by Doug E.
I liked it so much that I bought it for my dad We fished together a lot when I was younger and I know that his father, who I never really got to know, was also a pretty enthusiastic fisherman About 2 years ago dad and I stepped our game up a little and took up fly fishing When I gave him the book I told him he should keep it in the glovebox and go read it whenever he gets too embarrassed by the fact that I m catching fish than him....
Posted by Ben
I just re read this anthology of short stories by John Gierach, one of my favorite authors He writes mostly about fly fishing, but like all good outdoor writing that s just a launch pad for delving into the real existential questions that pop into our heads when we re onstream, on the road, on the trail, or sitting inside snowbound dreaming of the sun Great stuff....
Posted by Andy Harmon
John Gierach is a trout bum, philosopher, and writer His simple, humorous style is exactly what you would expect from a fly fisherman from the small town of Lyons, Colorado Somehow Gierach always finds a way to weave his hilarious comments on the human condition into essays on nature and fly fishing....