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If John Gierach is living in a fool's paradise, then it's a paradise that his regular readers will recognize and new fans will delight in discovering. Laced with the inimitable blend of wit and wisdom that have made him fly-fishing's foremost scribe, andlt;iandgt;Fool's Paradiseandlt;/iandgt; chronicles the fishing life in all its glory (catching your biggest fish ever) and squalor (being stranded in a tent during a soaking rainstorm). In Gierach's world, both experiences are valuable, and both evoke humor and insight. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Fishermen everywhere will understand Gierach's quest to discover and explore new waters (and then not to divulge the best locations to anyone), the unlikely appeal of winter fly-fishing ("the ice fishing shanty served the dual purpose of group therapy and the neighborhood tavern"), how impossible it is to predict the best fishing ("Everything that happens is entirely familiar, but I don't always see it coming"), or even the absurdity of the entire exercise ("day after day, you're casting a fly that doesn't look like anything to fish that aren't hungry and may not even be there"). Braving trips on small prop planes and down "Oh-My-God" roads alike, Gierach and his fishing buddies pursue bull trout in British Columbia, steelhead in the Rocky Mountains, and pike so fierce that a wise fisherman wears Kevlar gloves for the obligatory trophy photo. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; But as with any activity that depends on unspoiled wilderness, change is constant. Gierach sees this happening both in the landscape ("You never get to point at a meadow full of browsing mule deer and say, 'You know, all this was once condos.'") and at lodges that now require guests to sign liability waivers ("[I] had a brief vision of herds of lawyers coursing over the tundra in search of litigation"). Just the same, he is always awed by the experience of nature, or as he puts it: "You're on a lovely, remote wilderness river in the Alaskan backcountry. There are people who would make this trip and not even bring a fishing rod." andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Musing on the enduring appeal of fishing, Gierach theorizes, "We're so used to the fake and the packaged that encountering something real can amount to a borderline religious experience." Equal parts fishing lore, philosophy, and great fish stories, andlt;iandgt;Fool's Paradiseandlt;/iandgt; may not be a perfect substitute for actually being out on the water, but it's surely the next best thing.

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Everyone's favorite fishing writer is back with more fly-fishing pleasures, in this lyrical, surprising book of observations on fishing, nature, travel, and life. Illustrated.

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;If John Gierach is living in a fooland#8217;s paradise, then itand#8217;s a paradise that his regular readers will recognize and new fans will delight in discovering. Laced with the inimitable blend of wit and wisdom that have made him fly-fishingand#8217;s foremost scribe, andlt;Iandgt;Fooland#8217;s Paradiseandlt;/Iandgt; chronicles the fishing life in all its glory (catching your biggest fish ever) and squalor (being stranded in a tent during a soaking rainstorm). In Gierachand#8217;s world, both experiences are valuable, and perhaps inevitable. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Fishermen everywhere will understand Gierachand#8217;s quest to discover and explore new waters (and then not to divulge the best locations to anyone), the unlikely appeal of winter fly-fishing, or his dismay at encroaching development (and#8220;You never get to point at a meadow full of browsing mule deer and say, and#8216;You know, all this was once condos.and#8217;and#8221;). Braving trips on small prop planes and down and#8220;Oh-My-Godand#8221; roads, Gierach and his fishing buddies pursue bull trout in British Collumbia, steelhead in the Rocky Mountains, and pike so fierce that a wise fisherman wears Kevlar gloves for the obligatory trophy photo.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Equal parts fishing lore, philosophy, and great fish stories, andlt;Iandgt;Fooland#8217;s Paradiseandlt;/Iandgt; may not be a perfect substitute for actually being out on the water, but itand#8217;s surely the next best thing.

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743291743
Author:
Gierach, John
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Illustrator:
Wolff, Glen
Author:
Wolff, Glen
Subject:
Fishing
Subject:
Fishing - Flyfishing
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 Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20090531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
illustrations as chapter openers
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.30x5.40x.60 in. .44 lbs.

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Product details 224 pages Simon & Schuster - English 9780743291743 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Everyone's favorite fishing writer is back with more fly-fishing pleasures, in this lyrical, surprising book of observations on fishing, nature, travel, and life. Illustrated.
"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;If John Gierach is living in a fooland#8217;s paradise, then itand#8217;s a paradise that his regular readers will recognize and new fans will delight in discovering. Laced with the inimitable blend of wit and wisdom that have made him fly-fishingand#8217;s foremost scribe, andlt;Iandgt;Fooland#8217;s Paradiseandlt;/Iandgt; chronicles the fishing life in all its glory (catching your biggest fish ever) and squalor (being stranded in a tent during a soaking rainstorm). In Gierachand#8217;s world, both experiences are valuable, and perhaps inevitable. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Fishermen everywhere will understand Gierachand#8217;s quest to discover and explore new waters (and then not to divulge the best locations to anyone), the unlikely appeal of winter fly-fishing, or his dismay at encroaching development (and#8220;You never get to point at a meadow full of browsing mule deer and say, and#8216;You know, all this was once condos.and#8217;and#8221;). Braving trips on small prop planes and down and#8220;Oh-My-Godand#8221; roads, Gierach and his fishing buddies pursue bull trout in British Collumbia, steelhead in the Rocky Mountains, and pike so fierce that a wise fisherman wears Kevlar gloves for the obligatory trophy photo.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Equal parts fishing lore, philosophy, and great fish stories, andlt;Iandgt;Fooland#8217;s Paradiseandlt;/Iandgt; may not be a perfect substitute for actually being out on the water, but itand#8217;s surely the next best thing.
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