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andlt;Bandgt;"The solution to any problem — work, love, money, whatever — is to go fishing, and the worse the problem, the longer the trip should be."andlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt; In andlt;Iandgt;Standing in a River Waving a Stick,andlt;/Iandgt; John Gierach visits his favorite trout-filled waters, from the Colorado foothills to British Columbia and points between, recounting both memorable fishing spots and memorable fish. With his trademark combination of wit and wisdom, he discusses such topics as the differences between fishing in ponds and fishing in streams; what makes a good fly pattern; the ethics of writing about undiscovered trout waters; and the fly-fisher's progression from Stage One — "when you fish from dawn to dusk without a break, get quickly drunk on something cheap, [and] spend the night wrapped in a wet blanket" — to something slightly more civilized. andlt;BRandgt; Gierach takes in his surroundings with the keen and appreciative eye of a naturalist, whether he's observing the hatching patterns of flies, catching subtle clues to the presence of potentially big fish nearby, or taking note of the local denizens in his wry and philosophical way ("Rural people understand that life is basically a dangerous, unmanageable mess, so when things go wrong, their suspicions are confirmed and it's just a blessing no one was killed"). andlt;BRandgt; Rich in fishing lore, humor, and the seasoned know-how that has won Gierach a devoted readership, andlt;Iandgt;Standing in a River Waving a Stickandlt;/Iandgt; is sure to delight readers everywhere — fly-fishers or not.

Synopsis:

Brilliant, witty, perceptive essays about fly-fishing, the natural world, and life in general by the acknowledged master of fishing writers.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;With his inimitable combination of wit and wisdom, John Gierach once again celebrates the fly-fishing life in andlt;I andgt;Standing in a River Waving a Stickandlt;/Iandgt; and notes its benefits as a sport, philosophical pursuit, even therapy: and#8220;The solution to any problemand#8212;work, love, money, whateverand#8212;is to go fishing, and the worse the problem, the longer the trip should be.and#8221; After all, fly-fishing does teach important life lessons, says Gierachand#8212;about solitude, patience, perspective, humor, and the sublime coffee break.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Recounting both memorable fishing spots and memorable fish, Gierach discusses what makes a good fly pattern, the ethics of writing about undiscovered trout waters, the dread of getting skunked, and the camaraderie of fellow fishermen who can end almost any conversation with and#8220;Well, itand#8217;s sort of like fishing, isnand#8217;t it?and#8221; Reflecting on a lifetime of lessons learned at the end of a fly rod, Gierach concludes, and#8220;The one inscription you donand#8217;t want carved on your tombstone is and#8216;The Poor Son of a Bitch Didnand#8217;t Fish Enough.and#8217;and#8221; Fortunately for Gierach fans, this is not likely to happen.

About the Author

John Gierach is the author of several previous books, including At the Grave of the Unknown Fisherman, Standing in a River Waving a Stick, and Dances with Trout. His work has appeared in Gray's Sporting Journal, Field & Stream, where he is a contributing writer, and Fly Rod & Reel, where he is a columnist. He also writes a column for the monthly Redstone Review. He lives in Lyons, Colorado.

Table of Contents

Contents

1. The Happy Idiot

2. A New Pond

3. Grizzly Central

4. An Embarrassment of Riches

5. Fish Camps

6. Belief

7. Boatmen

8. Patterns

9. Getting Stuck

10. Getting Skunked

11. Ponds

12. Second Nature

13. The Fly Box

14. McCook

15. Taking It Personally

16. The Right Thing

17. Where to Fish

18. Stage Two

19. Big Thompson

20. The Lake

21. States of Mind

22. Jordan River

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684863290
Author:
Gierach, John
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Location:
New York
Subject:
Fishing - Flyfishing
Subject:
Fish
Subject:
Fishing
Subject:
Fly fishing
Subject:
Animals - Fish
Subject:
Outdoors-Trout and Flyfishing
Subject:
Outdoors-Fishing
Subject:
flyfishing, flyfishing writer, flyfishing author, fishing the west, angler, all fishermen are liars, sex death and fly fishing, death taxes and leaky waders, no shortage of good days, another lousy day, at the grave of the unknown fishermen, dances with t
Subject:
flyfishing, flyfishing writer, flyfishing author, fishing the west, angler, all fishermen are liars, sex death and fly fishing, death taxes and leaky waders, no shortage of good days, another lousy day, at the grave of the unknown fishermen, dances with t
Subject:
flyfishing, flyfishing writer, flyfishing author, fishing the west, angler, all fishermen are liars, sex death and fly fishing, death taxes and leaky waders, no shortage of good days, another lousy day, at the grave of the unknown fishermen, dances with t
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Fireside ed.
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
IMS-14
Publication Date:
April 2000
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
bandamp;w line drawings as chapter opene
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 8.015 oz

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Product details 240 pages Simon & Schuster - English 9780684863290 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Brilliant, witty, perceptive essays about fly-fishing, the natural world, and life in general by the acknowledged master of fishing writers.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;With his inimitable combination of wit and wisdom, John Gierach once again celebrates the fly-fishing life in andlt;I andgt;Standing in a River Waving a Stickandlt;/Iandgt; and notes its benefits as a sport, philosophical pursuit, even therapy: and#8220;The solution to any problemand#8212;work, love, money, whateverand#8212;is to go fishing, and the worse the problem, the longer the trip should be.and#8221; After all, fly-fishing does teach important life lessons, says Gierachand#8212;about solitude, patience, perspective, humor, and the sublime coffee break.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Recounting both memorable fishing spots and memorable fish, Gierach discusses what makes a good fly pattern, the ethics of writing about undiscovered trout waters, the dread of getting skunked, and the camaraderie of fellow fishermen who can end almost any conversation with and#8220;Well, itand#8217;s sort of like fishing, isnand#8217;t it?and#8221; Reflecting on a lifetime of lessons learned at the end of a fly rod, Gierach concludes, and#8220;The one inscription you donand#8217;t want carved on your tombstone is and#8216;The Poor Son of a Bitch Didnand#8217;t Fish Enough.and#8217;and#8221; Fortunately for Gierach fans, this is not likely to happen.
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