Synopses & Reviews
is a fresh, contemporary look at fly fishing, and the way of life that grows out of a passion for it. The people, the places, and the accoutrements that surround the sport make a fishing trip more than a set of tactics and techniques. John Gierach, a serious fisherman with a wry sense of humor, show us just how much more with his fishing stories and a unique look at the fly-fishing lifestyle.
Trout Bum is really about why people fish as much as it is about how they fish, and it is ultimately about enduring values and about living in a harmony with our environment. Few books have had the impact on an entire generation that Trout Bum has had on the fly-fishing world. The wit, warmth, and the easy familiarity that John Gierach brings to us in Trout Bum is as fresh and engaging now was when it was first published twenty-five years ago. There's no telling how many anglers have quit their jobs and headed west after reading the first edition of this classic collection of fly-fishing essays.
“Trout Bum captures the passion, confusion, and left-handed poetry of modern fishing. Having given his heart to the rivers he fishes, John Gierach conveys the power of his experience without pretense.” —Thomas McGuane
“You and your friends are swapping fishing stories, and a good one comes to mind. It feels like a story someone just told you, but then you realize you read it in a Gierach book. Johns the best kind of storyteller—the kind who tell us our own stories.” —Paul Schullery
is one of those delightful funds, like Norman McLean's A River Runs Through It.
John Gierach is simply one of the more wonderful outdoor writers to come down the pike in many a season. I laughed out loud on almost every page, and found much of what he has to say very lyrical and touching. This book is a treasure trove of fishy witticisms, outright belly laughs, and enough technical lore and love of nature to keep the most avid (or even the least avid) outdoors person turning pages relentlessly.
“Gierach obviously loves deeply and cares for this world he has chosen to make his stand in. It's a beautiful book, humorous, sly, rich, and touching. Once you read the first page, you'll be hooked...and love every minute of it . . . I promise!” —John Nichols
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 and Stream, where he is a contributing writer, and Fly Rod and Reel, where he is a columnist. He also writes columns for the Longmont (CO) Daily Times-Call and the monthly Redstone Review. He lives in Lyons, Colorado.
About the Author
John Gierach is a freelance writer living in northern Colorado. He is the author of nineteen books including Trout Bum, Sex, Death and Flyfishing, Standing in a River Waving a Stick, and No Shortage of Good Days—some of which have also been published in Norway, Japan, and France—as well as numerous magazine articles, essays, and columns. He is a regular columnist for Fly Rod and Reel magazine and Redstone Review and was the outdoor correspondent for the Longmont Daily Times-Call newspaper in Longmont, Colorado, for twenty-eight years.He lives in Lyons, Colorado.
Table of Contents
Chapter One Trout
Chapter Two Lightening the Load
Chapter Three: Zen and the Art of Nymph-Fishing
Chapter Four: The Bass Pond
Chapter Five: Fishing Commandos
Chapter Six: Camp Coffee
Chapter Seven: No-See-Ums
Chapter Eight: The Fly Collection
Chapter Nine: Kazan River Grayling
Chapter Ten: Cane Rods
Chapter Eleven: The Fisher of Small Streams
Chapter Twelve: Sawhill Portrait
Chapter Thirteen: Headwaters
Chapter Fourteen: Turning Pro
Chapter Fifteen: The Fly Rod
Chapter Sixteen: The Adams Hutch
Chapter Seventeen: Night-fishing
Chapter Eighteen: Cutthroat Pilgrimage
Chapter Nineteen: The Fly Box
Chapter Twenty: On the Road