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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (May 15 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671675818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671675813
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #405,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For devotees of fly fishing, this collection of 13 congenial essays takes readers to prime locations for the sport in the western U.S., including lesser-known streams and lakes. Gierach (Trout Bum) introduces certain innovations like the "fishing car," used only to transport anglers to their quarry, and with wit assesses the snobbery of "purist" fly-fishers. Along with relating his personal fishing successes, he explains differing practices in the sport occasioned by seasonal changesfor example, ice fishingand defines what constitutes a "big catch," be it trout or bass. Beyond Gierach's evocative descriptions of the angler's anticipation when on the water, the book is flavored by arch humor that suggests the author doesn't take fishing as seriously as he pretends. But he is clearly having a good time here, and readers are likely to share his enjoyment.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gierach here follows up his highly successful Trout Bum with another collection in the same vein. He continues to educate and entertain in his rough-talking, fishing-crony style. But be not deceived. This philosophy major who once worked as a plumber's helper is apt to allude to Salvador Dali, Shakespeare, and Heraclitus of Ephesus in a discussion of perch jerkers, maggots, and bass. Well read in the literature and well practiced in the art of fly fishing for trout, Gierach is one of the wittiest and most articulate contemporary fishing writers. A definite acquisition for libraries catering to sports enthusiasts. David J. Panciera, Westerly P.L., R.I.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Archie and John go fishing. That sums up the book about as well as "a couple of teenagers fall in love" sums up Romeo & Juliet. This collection of short stories is a delightful read and is a worthy addition to any collection.
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HASH(0xa57c4fcc) out of 5 stars Always fun to read Aug. 22 2013
By Robert Lichvar - Published on Amazon.com
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Again another book by John with "I went and fished here - and life is like that- and the more I talk about this fly fishing thing - the more you the reader will smile and want to go fishing" I'd say that's a successful book and author.
HASH(0xa44cca08) out of 5 stars First rate reading! June 2 2016
By Gregory Hope - Published on Amazon.com
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Having recently slogged through some fly fishing books that were ok and in some cases less than ok, I decided to read one of the books from my John Gierach collection that I had not previously read. What a breath of fresh air. Such great, witty writing. I know taste in books is quite subjective but if you're a fly fisherman I would suggest that you can't go wrong to pick any one of this author's books and give it a try. You may end up wanting the entire collection.
HASH(0xa45f3a14) out of 5 stars Made me smile and laugh. Good book. Feb. 27 2015
By dark timber - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I laughed quite a bit at the chapter on the Fishing Car. I too had an uncle like Gierach's "Uncle Leonard". This is one of my favorite chapters in all of his books! Oh...the book was handed down to me from my deceased brother in law (R.I.P.) who first told me about Gierach. That is why it is not an Amazon verified purchase.
HASH(0xa460e4ec) out of 5 stars AS GOOD AS ANY HE HAS WRITTEN July 30 2014
By kenny - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As he has in all of his books, John Gierach continues to write about his life as a trout bum in a most enjoyable manner. His descriptions of what he does, the individuals with whom he fishes, and the experiences in which he encounters are very readable and enjoyable. Have appreciated all of his books which I have read.
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HASH(0xa44bb534) out of 5 stars More of John's adventures Oct. 2 1998
By Former Rater - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Archie and John go fishing. That sums up the book about as well as "a couple of teenagers fall in love" sums up Romeo & Juliet. This collection of short stories is a delightful read and is a worthy addition to any collection.


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