Even Brook Trout Get The Blues

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9780671779108: Even Brook Trout Get The Blues

Brilliant, witty, perceptive essays about fly-fishing, the natural world, and life in general by the acknowledged master of fishing writers.

“Once an angler has become serious about the sport (and ‘serious’ is the word that’s used), he’ll never again have enough tackle or enough time to use it. And his nonangling friends and family may never again entirely recognize him, either.” In other words, he (or she) will have entered Gierach territory. And fishermen who choose to brave the crowds at the big hold, commune with the buddies at the “family pool,” or even wade into questionable waters in the dark of night are sure to recognize themselves in Even Brook Trout Get the Blues.

Whether debating bamboo versus graphite rods, describing the pleasure of fishing in pocket waters or during a spring snow in the mountains, or recounting a trip in pursuit of the “fascinatingly ugly” longnose gar, Gierach understands that fly-fishing is more than a sport. It’s a way of life in which patience is (mostly) rewarded, the rhythms of the natural world are appreciated, and the search for the perfect rod or ideal stream is never ending. It is not a life without risks, for as Gierach warns: “This perspective on things can change you irreparably. If it comes to you early enough in life, it can save you from ever becoming what they call ‘normal.’” Even Brook Trout Get the Blues will convince you that “normal” is greatly overrated.

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About the Author:

John Gierach is the author of numerous books on fly-fishing, including A Fly Rod of Your Own. His work has appeared in Field & Stream, Gray’s Sporting Journal, and Fly Rod & Reel, where he is a regular columnist. He also writes a column for the monthly Redstone Review. He lives in Lyons, Colorado. Visit JohnGierachBooks.com.

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Fine, sweetly written essays on the sport and art of fly- fishing, by a writer who thinks of himself as ``a reporter rather than an expert.'' A Colorado outdoorsman, Gierach (Sex, Death, and Fly-Fishing, 1990) views fly-fishing as ``a healthy antisocial sport'' that ``has become a highly refined ritualistic food-gathering technique in which damned little food gets gathered.'' Gierach fishes everything from glamour spots like the Kenosha Trout Club, where aficionados use thousand-dollar, custom-made bamboo rods, to simple farm ponds stocked because ``something in the collective rural American consciousness...abhors a fishless body of water.'' After trout, the author also wets an occasional fly primarily for bluegill, bass, and--sacrilege amongst purists--gar and northern pike. His technical discussions of fly-tying, rods, tippets, hatches, and water temperature flow into the narrative and emphasize that ``simply getting better is probably the ultimate goal of the sport.'' One of his best pieces, ``The Poacher,'' is a delightful portrait of his friend, Harvey, a local legend and ``regulation hippie/redneck hybrid'' who repeatedly cons Gierach into fishing on private property. Harvey totes a .380 automatic pistol and has been known to cut through a farmer's locked fence in pursuit of large brown trout. More law-abiding but no less persistent, Gierach's other fishing pals share the author's passion and skill (``a nebulous thing based largely on seasoned intuition'') on waters in Wyoming, Montana, and numerous spots in Colorado and the Rockies. With great good humor, Gierach casts his words in the tradition of the finest sportswriting. (Line drawings throughout.) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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