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Death, taxes, and leaky waders : a John Gierach fly-fishing treasury
Gierach, John
Adult Nonfiction SH456 .G573 2000

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Gierach, perhaps the most original, entertaining and keen outdoors writer working today, is in fine form in this anthology of 40 stories, which the author has selected from his past books. In pursuit of noble trout, scrappy bluegill and other fish, Gierach (Trout Bum, Fishing Bamboo, etc.) has traveled from Texas to Scotland and back again. Here he treats readers to observations compassionate, scathing and frequently hilarious. Though once a philosophy major who harbored more serious literary ambitions, Gierach writes without a trace of pretension, a trait that sets him refreshingly apart from other fly fishermen, whose disdain for spin casters is mostly unwarranted and always tiresome. Gierach dissects the issue with his usual wit in one of the book's finer essays, "The Purist." Speaking of the fly-fishing elite, he writes, "To do it right you'd have to live naked in a cave, hit your trout on the head with rocks, and eat them raw. But, so as not to violate another essential element of the fly-fishing tradition, the rocks would have to be quarried in England and cost $300 each." As the stories are all culled from past works, longtime fans will find nothing new except the largely unremarkable illustrations that introduce each chapter. But for those lovers of outdoors writing who are uninitiated to Gierach's style, a finer collection of the author's work could scarcely be found. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

These 40 folksy fishing essays were collected from six of the author's earlier collections on fishing. Seven each were originally published in Trout Bum (1988), The View from Rat Lake (1988), Even Brook Trout Get the Blues (1992), and Dances with Trout (1994). Eight come from the hugely popular Sex, Death, and Fly-Fishing (1995), while four derive from Another Lousy Day in Paradise (1996). All are witty, wise, entertaining, and filled with the sense of fun that seems to follow the author every time he approaches water with his fly rod. Libraries that don't already own all six of the books represented here should, quite simply, buy this book as a favor to their angling readership. Fans of Gierach, a contributor to Field & Stream and Fly Fisherman magazines, are legion, so don't let this one get away.DWill Hepfer, SUNY at Buffalo Libs. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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