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by John Gierach

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Brilliant, witty, perceptive essays about fly-fishing, the natural world, and life in general by the acknowledged master of fishing writers.In Still Life with Brook Trout, John Gierach demonstrates once again that fishing, when done right, is as much a philosophical pursuit as a sport. Gierach travels to Wyoming and Maine and points in between, searching out new fly-fishing adventures and savoring familiar waters with old friends. Along the way he meditates on the importance of good guides ("Really, the only thing a psychiatrist can do that a good guide can't is write prescriptions"), the challenge of salmon fishing ("Salmon prowl. If they're not here now, they could be here in half an hour. Or tomorrow. Or next month"), and the zen of fishing alone ("I also enjoy where my mind goes when I'm fishing alone, which is usually nowhere in particular and by a predictable route"). On a more serious note, he ponders the damaging effects of disasters both natural and man-made: drought, wildfires, and the politics of dam-building, among others. Reflecting on a trip to a small creek near his home, Gierach writes, "In my brightest moments, I think slowing down...has opened huge new vistas on my old home water. It's like a friendship that not only lasts, but gets better against the odds." Similarly, Still Life with Brook Trout proves that Gierach, like fly-fishing itself, becomes deeper and richer with time.

Comments: (7)

In reading this book by Gierach and comparing it to all of the other books by this author, I find that I continue to enjoy his books about his trout fishing experiences and the many other fishermen with whom he writes about. I guess his descriptions of not only the fish, places and circumstances of which he writes are enjoyable and can be comparatively reflected in my own person fishing experiences, but also those parts of his writing in which he reflects on and describes his encounters with others who are not fishermen and his thoughts of these encounters. They tend to remind me how others look at old fishermen, especially those that keep to themselves pretty much as well as fish alone. Continue to enjoy his books.
I've given a number of Geirach's books as gifts. They are a real joy and a bright spot in my day. I always come away feeling a little better about the world and a little more hopeful about what the day has in store. Of all of his books, this is my least favorite - though still worthy of 5 stars. It seems to be a little more focused on political issues surrounding water conservation related to drought at the time. Still, that is a minor distraction. I'll still be reading and rereading this one, like all his others.
Standard Gierach. Humor, travel, poignancy, and irony. Outstanding vocabulary. Written in words that even fly fishermen understand
Got this for my BIL who is an expert fly fisherman and avid reader...I'm sure he'll enjoy!!!
My only regret is that I stretched this book out as long as I could but still managed to finish it. Since this was the last of his books in the kindle library, what am I going to read this winter? Everything this author has published makes me miss home (Colorado) and the folks like his friends that I admire so much!
Some of the most thoughtful musings on fly fishing for trout, bass, salmon, steelies, whatever. This isn't just entertainment; it's literature. Consistently funny, clicheless and, if you're one us flyrodding nuts, informative. The flyrod club has bestowed the crown of "master" on many authors of classics of our literature. Starting with Trout Bum, Gierach's contributions already have joined that exclusive club. They're so amusing, you may not take them seriously at first. But gradually you'll realize the guy's inability to waste a word and his ability to use the flyfishing discipline as a vehicle for expressing lessons he's learned about life.
Again, another great read. However, in his last few books, I've noticed a thread of melancholy that was absent in his earlier works. In his earlier books (e.g., "Trout Bum", "Sex, Death, and Fly Fishing"), there was a cocky, swagger-like tenor to his writing. In his later books, such as his one, Gierach seems to be doing alot more nostalgic tripping, and lamenting his increased frailty (recent operation, reliance on pain pills, a more measured approach to hiking treks, etc.). This is not a criticism, just an observation.
John Gierach is awesome. I want to fish with him someday for sure. His use of language and imagery is so clear that you can picture exactly what he is describing. Makes me feel like I'm on vacation with him. John, call me. Let's go fishing sometime. ;)
Still Life with Brook Trout (John Gierach's Fly-fishing Library) download epub
Author: John Gierach
ISBN: 0743229959
Category: Humor & Entertainment
Subcategory: Humor
Language: English
Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (April 3, 2006)
Pages: 224 pages