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John Gierach
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... show more

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 columns for the Longmont (CO) Daily Times-Call and the monthly Redstone Review. He lives in Lyons, Colorado.
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Steeped in Science, Submersed in Story
I received this from the First Reads program.I guess I'm here to give a non-fisherman review. I don't fish, but I come from a family of fishermen and can understand the draw. This seems to be a series of collected essays (no connecting material or ideas, besides fish, of course) pulled together un...
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TCWriter rated it 5 years ago
Gierach's probably fly fishing's most widely read essayist, a testament to his deceptively folksy writing (he packs a lot of meaning into a few words) and his absolute commitment to the fly fishing life.Fly fishers will have to admire his tenacity; early in his life, Gierach decided to fly fish for ...
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TCWriter rated it 5 years ago
(review originally published on the TroutUnderground.com)“I don’t have any illusions of permanence… It’s just that I can live with any number of things going straight to hell as long as these streams continue to hold up. If this amounts to living in a Fool’s Paradise, don’t waste your time trying to...
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TCWriter rated it 5 years ago
Perhaps my favorite of Gierach's essay books -- the title essay is one of his best, and the whole collection effectively delivers the flavor and texture of Gierach's life as a trout bum. Highly recommended.
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TCWriter rated it 5 years ago
A "Greatest Hits" Collection of 40 essays from Gierach's first six essay books, Death, Taxes and Leaky Waders breaks no new ground - but serves as a useful introduction to those who are new to Gierach's insightful, humorous fly fishing essays. When I finally bought an e-reader - and despite owning t...
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