At the Grave of the Unknown Fisherman

Then I'm just fishing and now and then thinking —as all fishermen have thought from time to time—I am the last sane person on earth. ... but I can't help thinking of it as the Grave of the Unknown Fisherman because of the plaque.

Author: John Gierach

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439108420

Category: Sports & Recreation

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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. Proving that fishing is not just a part-time pursuit, At the Grave of the Unknown Fisherman takes us through a year with America’s favorite fishing scribe, John Gierach, who dedicates himself to his passion despite his belief that “In the long run, fishing usually amounts to a lifetime of pratfalls punctuated by rare moments of perfection.” Beginning with an early spring expedition to barely thawed Wyoming waters and ending with a New Year’s Eve trip to the Frying Pan River in Colorado, Gierach’s travels find him fishing for trout, carp, and grayling; considering the pros and cons of learning fishing from videos (“video fishing seems a little like movie sex: fun to watch, but a long way from the real thing”); pondering the ethics of sharing secret spots; and debunking the myth of the unflappable outdoorsman (“masters of stillness on the outside, festering s***holes of uncertainty just under the surface”). With an appreciation of the highs, the lows, and all points between, Gierach writes about the fishing life with wisdom, grace, and the well-timed wisecrack. As he says, “The season never does officially end here, but it ends effectively, which means you can fish if you want to and if you can stand it, but you don’t have to.” As any Gierach fan knows, want to and have to are never very far apart.

Chicken Soup for the Fisherman s Soul

Reprinted with permission of Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group from AN HOUR BEFORE DAYLIGHT by Jimmy Carter. ... Reprinted with the permission of Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group, from AT THE GRAVE OF THE UNKNOWN FISHERMAN ...

Author: Jack Canfield

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781453279281

Category: Self-Help

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More than fish tales in this delightful book, readers will discover stories about the special relationships that develop through fishing-between parents and children, between friends and lovers, between fisherman, nature, and the elusive fish.

All Fishermen Are Liars

ALSO BY JOHN GIERACH No Shortage of Good Days Fool's Paradise Still Life with Brook Trout At the Grave of the Unknown Fisherman Death, Taxes, and Leaky Waders Standing in a River Waving a Stick Fishing Bamboo Another Lousy Day in ...

Author: John Gierach

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781451618327

Category: Humor

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From the Pacific Northwest to the Upper Midwest to the Canadian Maritimes, "America's best fishing writer" shares insights, musings and countless stories he has collected over a lifetime of fishing, proving that life's most valuable lessons are found while fly-fishing.

View From Rat Lake

Jokn Mickols JOHN GIERACH is the author of numerous books about fishing, including Dances with Trout, Another Lousy Day in Paradise, Standing in a River Waving a Stick, and At the Grave of the Unknown Fisherman. He is a contributor to ...

Author: John Gierach

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781476740171

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 208

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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 the world of fishing there are magic phrases that are guaranteed to summon the demon. Among them are: ‘remote trout lake,’ ‘fish up to 13 pounds,’ ‘the place the guides fish on their days off,’” writes John Gierach in this wonderful collection of thirteen essays inspired by a fishing trip to Rat Lake, a remote body of water in Montana. Once again John Gierach does what he does best—explain the peculiarities of the fishing life in a way that will amuse novices and seasoned fly fishers alike. The View from Rat Lake deftly examines man in nature and nature in man, the pleasures of fishing the high country, and the high and low comedy that occasionally overcomes even the best-planned fishing trip. Some typically sage observations from The View from Rat Lake: “One of the things we truly fish for [is] an occasion for self-congratulation.” “In every catch-and-release fisherman’s past there is an old black frying pan.” “We . . . believe that a 12-inch trout caught on a dry fly is four inches longer than a 12-inch trout caught on a nymph or streamer.”

Another Lousy Day in Paradise and Dances with Trout

Fool's Paradise Still Life with Brook Trout At the Grave of the Unknown Fisherman Death, Taxes, and Leaky Waders Standing in a River Waving a Stick Fishing Bamboo Another Lousy Day in Paradise Dances with Trout Even Brook Trout Get the ...

Author: John Gierach

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 9781451621273

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 448

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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. For the first time, two of John Gierach’s most popular fishing books are collected in one volume—a double dose of delight for longtime fans or first-time visitors to Gierach country. As Gierach astutely observes in Dances with Trout, “Fly-fishing is solitary, contemplative, misanthropic, scientific in some hands, poetic in others, and laced with conflicting aesthetic considerations. It’s not even clear if catching fish is actually the point.” This observation might also describe Gierach’s writing—catching fish might be the subject, but most of the fun and (mis)adventure comes well before that point. Whether it’s fishing close to home waters (Colorado) or farther afield (Alaska, Scotland, Texas); ice-fishing, tournament fishing, or night fishing; fishing for trout, salmon, carp, splake, or grayling; fishing with familiar companions like A.K. Best or the enigmatic “Zen master among fishing guides”; no detail of the fishing life is too insignificant or too absurd for Gierach. As he writes in Another Lousy Day in Paradise, “The real truth about fly-fishing is, it is beautiful beyond description in almost every way, and when a certain kind of person is confronted with a certain kind of beauty, they are either saved or ruined for life, or a little bit of both.” So start reading and be saved—or ruined—by Gierach’s wonderful insights into the world around us.

More Book Lust

Once hooked, you'll want to read these as well: At the Grave of the Unknown Fisherman; Another Lousy Day in Paradise; and Sex, Death, and Fly-Fishing. If you get a serious case of the fishin' bug, you'll probably want to own two copies ...

Author: Nancy Pearl

Publisher: Sasquatch Books

ISBN: 9781570616556

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

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The response to Nancy Pearl’s surprise bestseller Book Lust was astounding: the Seattle librarian even became the model for the now-famous Librarian Action Figure. Readers everywhere welcomed Pearl’s encyclopedic but discerning filter on books worth reading, and her Rule of 50 (give a book 50 pages before deciding whether to continue; but readers over 50 must read the same number of pages as their age) became a standard MO.

Master s Fly Box

... that find a market based solely from their merit, not from some form of Hollywood hype—nothing compares with the success of Trout Bum, Where the Trout Are All as Long as Your Leg, At the Grave of the Unknown Fisherman, ...

Author: David Klausmeyer

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780762775859

Category: Sports & Recreation

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The author/editor's technique of interviewing experienced anglers and guides about how they fish and the flies they use lets him relate all this important information in a fun, conversational style. As a result of this unique method—blending fishing with fly tying—The Master's Fly Box will have no direct competition; it will appeal to readers who both tie and fish, as well as those who do not tie their own flies but are seeking sound information about how and where to catch trout.

Even Brook Trout Get The Blues

And fishermen who choose to brave the crowds at the hog hole, commune with buddies at the “family pool," or even wade into ... Another Lousy Day in Paradise, Standing in a River Waving a Stick, and At the Grave of the Unknown Fisherman.

Author: John Gierach

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439128588

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

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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. “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.

Where the Trout Are All as Long as Your Leg

Zvhc.i JOHN (• IKK AC II is the author of numerous books about fishing, including Dances with Trout, Another Lousy Day in Paradise, Standing in a River Waving a Stick, and At the Grave of the Unknown Fisherman. He is a contributor to ...

Author: John Gierach

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781451685237

Category: Sports & Recreation

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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. Fly-fishing’s finest scribe, John Gierach, takes us from a nameless stream on a nameless ranch in Montana to a secret pool off a secret creek where he caught a catfish as a five-year-old, to a brook full of rattlesnakes and a private pond where the trout are all as long as your leg. As Gierach says, “The secret places are the soul of fishing.” Hearing about a new one never fails to entice us. And so Where the Trout Are All as Long as Your Leg transports the reader to the best of these places, where the fish are always bigger and the hatches last forever. After all, it’s these magical places that Gierach so vividly evokes that remind us how precious—and precarious—are the unspoiled havens of the natural world.

Ramblings of a Charmed Circle Flyfisher

Lichen-covered old rock walls—once the boundary markers of early settlers; abandoned stone foundations with young trees in their ... As for the fish, in the book At the Grave of the Unknown Fisherman, John Gierach wrote the following, ...

Author: Ed Ostapczuk

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781477112021

Category: Fiction

Page: 185

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Ramblings of a Charmed Circle Flyfisher retraces over forty years of fly fishing the Catskill mountains first inspired by a two-part magazine article published in the spring of 1969. Cecil E. Heacoxs articles entitled Charmed Circle of the Catskills appeared in the March and April issues of Outdoor Life. Heacox wrote about several legendary Catskill Mountain trout streams informing the reader why they were charmed. Ostapczuk has been retracing Heacoxs journey ever since, taking his readers along on the journey.

Dances With Trout

B O O K S BY JOHN GI E R A CH At the Grave of the Unknown Fisherman Good Flies Death, Taxes, and Leaky Waders Standing in a River Waving a Stick Fishing Bamboo Another Lousy Day in Paradise Dances with Trout Even Brook Trout Get the ...

Author: John Gierach

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439127921

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 208

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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. With the wry humor and wit that have become his trademark, John Gierach writes about his travels in search of good fishing and even better fish stories. In this new collection of essays on fishing —and hunting—Gierach discusses fishing for trout in Alaska, for salmon in Scotland and for almost anything in Texas. He offers his perceptive observations on the subject of ice-fishing, getting lost, fishing at night, tournaments and the fine art of tying flies. Gierach also shares his hunting technique, which involves reading a good book and looking up occasionally to see if any deer have wandered by. Always entertaining, often irreverent and illuminating, Gierach invites readers into his enviable way of life, and effortlessly sweeps them along. As he writes in Dances with Trout, “Fly-fishing is solitary, contemplative, misanthropic, scientific in some hands, poetic in others, and laced with conflicting aesthetic considerations. It’s not even clear if catching fish is actually the point.”

A Fly Rod of Your Own

ALSO BY JOHN GIERACH All Fishermen Are Liars No Shortage of Good Days Fool's Paradise Still Life with Brook Trout At the Grave of the Unknown Fisherman Death, Taxes, and Leaky Waders Standing in a River Waving a Stick Fishing Bamboo ...

Author: John Gierach

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781451618341

Category: Nature

Page: 224

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John Gierach, "the voice of the common angler" (The Wall Street Journal) and member of the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame, brings his sharp sense of humour and keen eye for observation to the fishing life and, for that matter, life in general. In A Fly Rod of Your Own, Gierach once again takes us into his world and scrutinizes the art of fly-fishing. He sings the praises of the skilled pilots who fly to remote fishing lodges in tricky locations and bad weather. He describes the all-but-impassable roads that fishermen always seem to encounter at the best fishing spots and why fishermen discuss four-wheel drive vehicles almost as passionately and frequently as they discuss fly rods and flies. And while he's on that subject, he explains why even the most conscientious fisherman always seems to accumulate more rods and flies than he could ever need. A Fly Rod of Your Own is an ode to all those who fish.

Dumb Luck and the Kindness of Strangers

ALSO BY JOHN GIERACH A Fly Rod of Your Own All Fishermen Are Liars No Shortage of Good Days Fool's Paradise Still Life with Brook Trout At the Grave of the Unknown Fisherman Death, Taxes, and Leaky Waders Standing in a River Waving a ...

Author: John Gierach

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781501168604

Category: Literary Collections

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Witty, shrewd, and always a joy to read, John Gierach, “America’s best fishing writer” (Houston Chronicle) and favorite streamside philosopher, has earned the following of “legions of readers who may not even fish but are drawn to his musings on community, culture, the natural world, and the seasons of life” (Kirkus Reviews). “After five decades, twenty books, and countless columns, [John Gierach] is still a master” (Forbes). Now, in his latest original collection, Gierach shows us why fly-fishing is the perfect antidote to everything that is wrong with the world. “Gierach’s deceptively laconic prose masks an accomplished storyteller…His alert and slightly off-kilter observations place him in the general neighborhood of Mark Twain and James Thurber” (Publishers Weekly). In Dumb Luck and the Kindness of Strangers, Gierach looks back to the long-ago day when he bought his first resident fishing license in Colorado, where the fishing season never ends, and just knew he was in the right place. And he succinctly sums up part of the appeal of his sport when he writes that it is “an acquired taste that reintroduces the chaos of uncertainty back into our well-regulated lives.” Lifelong fisherman though he is, Gierach can write with self-deprecating humor about his own fishing misadventures, confessing that despite all his experience, he is still capable of blowing a strike by a fish “in the usual amateur way.” “Arguably the best fishing writer working” (The Wall Street Journal), Gierach offers witty, trenchant observations not just about fly-fishing itself but also about how one’s love of fly-fishing shapes the world that we choose to make for ourselves.

Standing in a River Waving a Stick

S P O R T S & R E C R E A T I O N / F I S. H IN G With his inimitable combination of wit and wisdom, John Gierach once ... Another Lousy Day in Paradise, Standing in a River Waving a Stick, and At the Grave of the Unknown Fisherman.

Author: John Gierach

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439127557

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 240

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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. With his inimitable combination of wit and wisdom, John Gierach once again celebrates the fly-fishing life in Standing in a River Waving a Stick and notes its benefits as a sport, philosophical pursuit, even therapy: “The solution to any problem—work, love, money, whatever—is to go fishing, and the worse the problem, the longer the trip should be.” After all, fly-fishing does teach important life lessons, says Gierach—about solitude, patience, perspective, humor, and the sublime coffee break. Recounting both memorable fishing spots and memorable fish, Gierach discusses what makes a good fly pattern, the ethics of writing about undiscovered trout waters, the dread of getting skunked, and the camaraderie of fellow fishermen who can end almost any conversation with “Well, it’s sort of like fishing, isn’t it?” Reflecting on a lifetime of lessons learned at the end of a fly rod, Gierach concludes, “The one inscription you don’t want carved on your tombstone is ‘The Poor Son of a Bitch Didn’t Fish Enough.’” Fortunately for Gierach fans, this is not likely to happen.

Scouting

At the Grave of the Unknown Fisherman By John Gierach (Simon & Schuster, $22 hardback, $13 If you liked A River Runs Through It (either the book or the movie), you'll enjoy this book also. The author takes us on a yearlong journey as he ...

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Published by the Boy Scouts of America for all BSA registered adult volunteers and professionals, Scouting magazine offers editorial content that is a mixture of information, instruction, and inspiration, designed to strengthen readers' abilities to better perform their leadership roles in Scouting and also to assist them as parents in strengthening families.

MotorBoating

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Sex Death and Fly Fishing

//r/ Jime, JOHN GIER ACH is the author of numerous books about fishing, including Dances with Trout, Another Lousy Day in Paradise, Standing in a River Waving a Stick, and At the Grave of the Unknown Fisherman. He is a contributor to ...

Author: John Gierach

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439127069

Category: Sports & Recreation

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From the irrepressible author of Trout Bum and The View from Rat Lake comes an engaging, humorous, often profound examination of life's greatest mysteries: sex, death, and fly-fishing. John Gierach's quest takes us from his quiet home water (an ordinary, run-of-the-mill trout stream where fly-fishing can be a casual affair) to Utah's famous Green River, and to unknown creeks throughout the Western states and Canada. We're introduced to a lively group of fishing buddies, some local "experts" and even an ex-girlfriend, along the way Contemplative, evocative, and wry, he shares insights on mayflies and men, fishing and sport, life and love, and the meaning (or meaninglessness) of it all.

Why I Fly Fish

ABOUT THE ANGLER JOHN GIERACH is the author of many books, including No Shortage of Good Days; Another Lousy Day in Paradise; Dances with Trout; Fool's Paradise; Still Life with Brook Trout; At the Grave of the Unknown Fisherman; Death, ...

Author: Chris Santella

Publisher: Abrams

ISBN: 9781613124604

Category: Sports & Recreation

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Chris Santella, bestselling author of the Fifty Places series, is back in action with the inspirational gift book Why I Fly Fish. Based on 25 interviews with fly-fishing professionals and celebrity hobbyists alike, Why I Fly Fish encapsulates the life lessons fly-fishing aficionados have learned from their favorite pursuit. Featured contributors include Donald Trump Jr., Bill Ford (CEO of Ford Motor Company), Conway Bowman (host of several flyfishing TV programs), actor Henry Winkler, Lefty Kreh (the world’s best-known fly-fisherman) and many more. With personal photographs by the contributors themselves, Why I Fly Fish is an inspirational and intimate reflection on the beloved sport and pastime.

Fool s Paradise

J ALSO BY OHN GIERACH Still Life with Brook Trout At the Grave of the Unknown Fisherman Good Flies Death, Taxes, and Leaky Waders Standing in a River Waving a Stick Fishing Bamboo Another Lousy Day in Paradise Dances with Trout Even ...

Author: John Gierach

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1416565590

Category: Sports & Recreation

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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. If John Gierach is living in a fool’s paradise, then it’s a paradise that his regular readers will recognize and new fans will delight in discovering. Laced with the inimitable blend of wit and wisdom that have made him fly-fishing’s foremost scribe, Fool’s Paradise chronicles the fishing life in all its glory (catching your biggest fish ever) and squalor (being stranded in a tent during a soaking rainstorm). In Gierach’s world, both experiences are valuable, and perhaps inevitable. Fishermen everywhere will understand Gierach’s quest to discover and explore new waters (and then not to divulge the best locations to anyone), the unlikely appeal of winter fly-fishing, or his dismay at encroaching development (“You never get to point at a meadow full of browsing mule deer and say, ‘You know, all this was once condos.’”). Braving trips on small prop planes and down “Oh-My-God” roads, Gierach and his fishing buddies pursue bull trout in British Collumbia, steelhead in the Rocky Mountains, and pike so fierce that a wise fisherman wears Kevlar gloves for the obligatory trophy photo. Equal parts fishing lore, philosophy, and great fish stories, Fool’s Paradise may not be a perfect substitute for actually being out on the water, but it’s surely the next best thing.

Trout Bum

... 1986 The View From Rat Lake – Pruett Publishing – 1988 Fly Fishing Small Streams – Stackpole Books – 1989 Sex, ... Good Flies – Lyons Press – 2000 At the Grave of the Unknown Fisherman – Simon & Schuster – 2003 Still Life with Brook ...

Author: John Gierach

Publisher: Graphic Arts Books

ISBN: 9780871089793

Category: Sports & Recreation

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Trout Bum is a fresh, contemporary look at fly fishing, and the way of life that grows out ofa 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.