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Where the Trout Are All as Long as Your Leg [Paperback]

John Gierach
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April 6 1993
Brilliant, witty, perceptive essays about fly-fishing, the natural world, and life in general by the acknowledged master of fishing writers.

Fly-fishing’s finest scribe, John Gierach, takes us from a nameless stream on a nameless ranch in Montana to a secret pool off a secret creek where he caught a catfish as a five-year-old, to a brook full of rattlesnakes and a private pond where the trout are all as long as your leg. As Gierach says, “The secret places are the soul of fishing.” Hearing about a new one never fails to entice us.

And so Where the Trout Are All as Long as Your Leg transports the reader to the best of these places, where the fish are always bigger and the hatches last forever. After all, it’s these magical places that Gierach so vividly evokes that remind us how precious—and precarious—are the unspoiled havens of the natural world.

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Flyfisher Magazine Gierach writes about the common experiences in a way that makes ours more meaningful.

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"The secret places are the soul of fishing.... It may be a private spring creek with armed guards where there are huge browns and lots of them, or it may just be an unknown beaver pond where a handful of book trout have grown to a whopping eleven inches. In either case, it's a spot that, by the simple virtue of being left more or less alone, has reached is full potential."So begins this brilliant short book, in which half a dozen such places are featured. There is a pool made memorable because it is part of a risky childhood adventure; hidden local streams; sections of a wealthy ranch; secret stretches - full of rattlesnakes - and private ponds with trout as long as your leg. All are made magically vivid by Gierach's special prose - and all stand starkly against a more public natural world increasingly threatened with ecological disaster. (53/4 X 81/2, 100 pages, illustrations)
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the book that hooked me on John Gierach Oct. 2 1998
Format:Paperback
It all started with this book as a gift -- John's stories are addictive and now I own all of John's works (save, "Signs of Life"). If you enjoy well-crafted short stories, you will not be disapointed with this work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the book that hooked me on John Gierach Oct. 2 1998
By Former Rater - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
It all started with this book as a gift -- John's stories are addictive and now I own all of John's works (save, "Signs of Life"). If you enjoy well-crafted short stories, you will not be disapointed with this work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The secret places to fish. Feb. 19 2007
By Erlend Nilssen - Published on Amazon.com
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We who fish have all heard of these places. The Secrets, the holes where civilisation didn't spoil the fish, and the fish are wild. Or, if originally stocked, been living the free life long enough to be close to wild. Yet again Gierach proves that his writing, although deeply personal, never becomes private and that his choice of subject - matter touches everybody with just a passing knowledge of fishing. His books are about life first and the fish second or are these to inseperable to him?
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4.0 out of 5 stars another great read May 21 2012
By Robert - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As always, anything John writes is as refreshing, earthy and entertaining as a day spent fishing for real. The only disappointing thing about his books is arriving at the last page and realizing that the journey is over!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trout Fishing Dec 29 2011
By timjim - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
i recently received this book and it is an easy and enjoyable read. Gierach has a way with words and when put in the context of fly fishing makes for a fun read. Makes one think too!
3.0 out of 5 stars Where the Trout are All as Long as Your Leg April 14 2014
By R L Shotts - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
First of all if you havn't bought this book first try to borrow it like i did from the library, this book s good for what its worth and its kinda short being like 85 pages long, i found the storys to be good and very enjoyable, if you are going to buy this book try to get it as cheap as possible because of the size of the book and how its a short read, but even a short read could be a good travel book to take with you.
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