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Death, Taxes, and Leaky Waders

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"Death, Taxes, and Leaky Waders" collects forty of John Gierach's finest essays on fishing from six of his books. Like all his writing, these essays are seasoned by a keen sense of observation and a deep knowledge and love of fishing lore, leavened by a wonderfully wry sense of humor. Gierach often begins with an observation that soon leads to something below the surface, which he finds and successfully lands. As Gierach says, writing is a lot like fishing.

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.

Synopsis:

This collection of essays by one of the foremost writers on fishing was selected by Gierach himself from his bestselling books and from magazines such as Field & Stream and Fly Fisherman.

Synopsis:

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

Death, Taxes, and Leaky Waders collects forty of John Gierach’s finest essays on fishing from six of his books. Like all his writing, these essays are seasoned by a keen sense of observation and a deep knowledge and love of fishing lore, leavened by a wonderfully wry sense of humor. Gierach often begins with an observation that soon leads to something below the surface, which he finds and successfully lands. As Gierach says, writing is a lot like fishing.

This is the first anthology of John Gierach’s work, a collection that is sure to delight both die-hard 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. 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.

Description:

America's bestselling master craftsman of top-flight sportswriting, dry wit, and fly-fishing philosophy reels readers in once more with an irresistible collection featuring 40 of his finest essays. Line illustrations. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 56-58)

About the Author

John Gierach is the author of several previous books, most recently Standing in a River Waving a Stick. He has written for FieldandStream, Fly Fisherman, and Fly, RodandReel, among other publications. He lives in Lyons, Colorado.

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction

Trout Bum

Camp Coffee

Kazan River Grayling

Headwaters

The Adams Hatch

Night-fishing

Cutthroat Pilgrimage

On the Road

The View from Rat Lake

The Big Empty River

The Fishing Car

The Purist

The Music of the Spheres

Headhunting

In Camp

Enough Fish

Sex, Death, and Fly-fishing

Sex, Death, and Fly-fishing

Expertizing

I'd Fish Anyone's St. Vrain

Neither Snow, nor Rain, nor Gloom of Night...

Guiding and Being Guided

The Chairman's Bass

Rivers

Wyoming

Even Brook Trout Get the Blues

The Family Pool

Bamboo

Montana

A Year in the Life

Even Brook Trout Get the Blues

Pike

The New Pond

Dances with Trout

Quitting Early

Texas

Scotland

The Storm

Alaska

A Few Days Before Christmas

West

Another Lousy Day in Paradise

Rock Bass

The Kindness of Strangers

Carp

Desperation Creek

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684868592
Author:
Wolff, Glenn
Author:
Wolff, Glenn
Author:
John Gierach
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Location:
New York
Subject:
Fishing - Flyfishing
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Fishing
Subject:
Anecdotes
Subject:
Fly fishing
Subject:
Fishing - General
Subject:
General Sports & Recreation
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Sports & Recreation-Fishing - General
Subject:
Sports & Recreation-Fishing - Flyfishing
Subject:
Outdoors-Trout and Flyfishing
Subject:
Outdoors-Fishing
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Fireside ed.
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
L788
Publication Date:
June 2001
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 12.53 oz

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"Synopsis" by , This collection of essays by one of the foremost writers on fishing was selected by Gierach himself from his bestselling books and from magazines such as Field & Stream and Fly Fisherman.
"Synopsis" by , Brilliant, witty, perceptive essays about fly-fishing, the natural world, and life in general by the acknowledged master of fishing writers.

Death, Taxes, and Leaky Waders collects forty of John Gierach’s finest essays on fishing from six of his books. Like all his writing, these essays are seasoned by a keen sense of observation and a deep knowledge and love of fishing lore, leavened by a wonderfully wry sense of humor. Gierach often begins with an observation that soon leads to something below the surface, which he finds and successfully lands. As Gierach says, writing is a lot like fishing.

This is the first anthology of John Gierach’s work, a collection that is sure to delight both die-hard 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. 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.

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