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  1. 4 out of 5

    J.K. Turner

    My Rating – Must Read Level – Quick, easy Summary Another collection of musings from John Gierach. Topics include bass fishing, private ponds, walking sticks, British Columbia, and of course the title chapter – ‘Sex, Death, & Fly-Fishing’. I’d say spoiler alert, but the book was published almost 30 years ago, so that seems unnecessary. The title comes from the first chapter, and honestly, it is surprising poetic. It comes from the Mayfly hatch. The midge, a little bug at the bottom of the river, em My Rating – Must Read Level – Quick, easy Summary Another collection of musings from John Gierach. Topics include bass fishing, private ponds, walking sticks, British Columbia, and of course the title chapter – ‘Sex, Death, & Fly-Fishing’. I’d say spoiler alert, but the book was published almost 30 years ago, so that seems unnecessary. The title comes from the first chapter, and honestly, it is surprising poetic. It comes from the Mayfly hatch. The midge, a little bug at the bottom of the river, emerge out all at roughly the same time to mate, then eggs are laid and then all die. All of the bugs emerging and all the Mayflies dying/falling back to the water, leads to a feeding frenzy for the fish. This in turn leads to a great time for fly-fishing. Get it? My Thoughts Geirach is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I wouldn’t call it love/hate, because I don’t dislike him, just endlessly envious of his style and ability to write. I’m almost annoyed that he isn’t more famous, he isn’t even on twitter or the fishing blogosphere (interestingly/ironically, wordpress say that isn’t a word). I’m sure a guy who has written 15 books, including one called Trout Bum (my review), isn’t worried about the opinion of a guy born after he was already publishing books. His books really are something like proto-blogs. Imagine a successful outdoor blogger who writes a number of interesting series of posts, then picks the best few series over a number of years, pulls them out, and cleans them up, his books are what you’d get. His writing is narrative and personal, but can also be surprisingly informative. He is a master story-teller in a first person, short-story style. For anyone even remotely interested in fishing, this book is another must read from Gierach. More reviews - https://MondayMorningTheologian.com/

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bob

    I love reading Gierach when I can't be out on the water, because he captures the spirit and joy of fishing, and the places we fish, and being on the water. As always, funny, perceptive, beautifully descriptive, filled with insights into flyfishing and life in general (oh, that's right, they're one and the same). I love reading Gierach when I can't be out on the water, because he captures the spirit and joy of fishing, and the places we fish, and being on the water. As always, funny, perceptive, beautifully descriptive, filled with insights into flyfishing and life in general (oh, that's right, they're one and the same).

  3. 5 out of 5

    Luke

    How is it possible that I hadn't read john Gierach before? All I can say is that I'm stoked he has a plethora of books to choose from. I can't wait to read more of his stories. If you are into fly fishing at all, you owe it to yourself to pick up some of his work. How is it possible that I hadn't read john Gierach before? All I can say is that I'm stoked he has a plethora of books to choose from. I can't wait to read more of his stories. If you are into fly fishing at all, you owe it to yourself to pick up some of his work.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jeffrey

    If you've read one Gierach book you've read 'em all. I still love 'em however. If you've read one Gierach book you've read 'em all. I still love 'em however.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bob Beckert

    Relaxing and fun to read. Just like most of his books.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jim Fitzgerald

    Reading this was almost as fun as catching the big one.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tim

    Great book...and I'm not a fly fisherman...but am ready to go and try it. Great book...and I'm not a fly fisherman...but am ready to go and try it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Chris Warren

    Superb, well into his stride by this one.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dai

    1st Gierach book I've read, now buying every one I can find, a must read even if you don't fly fish 1st Gierach book I've read, now buying every one I can find, a must read even if you don't fly fish

  10. 5 out of 5

    Enviroshapes Allman

    The best fly fishing author on the planet. Period.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Romain

    Les titres des romans sont parfois originaux et n'ont rien à voir avec le sujet. Réjouissez-vous — ou pas — car ce livre traite bien de la pêche et de la philosophie qui l'accompagne — contrairement à Brève histoire de la pèche à la mouche déjà chroniqué dans le cadre d'un Masse Critique. Ca tombe bien, je n'y connais rien. Par contre, j'ai toujours aimé écouter les gens parler — les gens intéressants, évidemment. Dans cette catégorie, mes préférés sont les passionnés. Ils sont capables de p Les titres des romans sont parfois originaux et n'ont rien à voir avec le sujet. Réjouissez-vous — ou pas — car ce livre traite bien de la pêche et de la philosophie qui l'accompagne — contrairement à Brève histoire de la pèche à la mouche déjà chroniqué dans le cadre d'un Masse Critique. Ca tombe bien, je n'y connais rien. Par contre, j'ai toujours aimé écouter les gens parler — les gens intéressants, évidemment. Dans cette catégorie, mes préférés sont les passionnés. Ils sont capables de parler des heures d'un sujet qui est pour d'autres insignifiant voire inexistant. Ils peuvent parcourir des kilomètres, sacrifier un week-end, affronter les pires intempéries pour assouvir leur besoin — et s'éloigner de leur femme. Ils sont extrêmement précis et vous ouvrent un monde là où vous ne voyiez auparavant que le néant. C'est le discours d'un passionné de pêche qui porte le titre poétique Même les truites ont du vague à l'âme. Ce n'est pas très glamour comme passe-temps mais attendez un peu de connaître les valeurs qu'elle véhicule pour juger. Je précise, encore une fois, que je suis loin d'être un expert et que je n'ai pratiqué cet exercice qu'en de très rares occasion lors de vacances au bord de la mer. Par contre, je peux me qualifier sans hésitation de sympathisant tant je suis capable d'observer avec intérêt les efforts déployés par ces hommes. La pêche est un sport exigeant. Il nécessite une grande connaissance de la géographie, de la faune sous-marine et de la flore. Il requiert un don d'observation aiguisé et une certaine habileté manuelle car beaucoup fabriquent leurs propres appâts — ceux qui ont, plus prosaïquement, essayé de monter une simple ligne sauront de quoi je parle. Enfin, n'oublions pas le côté sportif car les pêcheurs dont nous parlons travaillent leur physique en déambulant en waders — je fais un peu mon malin ce sont des cuissardes — dans les rivières tout en lançant leur mouche. C'est un peu tout cela que vous retrouverez dans ce livre. Des histoires de pêche avec ses classiques, les moments entre copains, les plaisirs simples d'un face à face avec la nature, les moments épiques — vous savez ceux qui commencent par "Tu te souviens de la fois où". Tout ceci est raconté dans un style agréable et convivial à l'humour subtil. Le profane ne sera pas complètement perdu bien qu'aucune précision ne soit sacrifiée. Je suis mal placé pour le dire mais je pense qu'un spécialiste ne pourrait pas qualifier cet ouvrage de vulgarisation et y trouverait au contraire des informations pertinentes ou, à défaut, un recueil d'histoires divertissantes faisant écho à ses propres expériences. Ce sont celles qui pourraient être échangées dans un bar de village autour d'une bière ou sur les bords d'une rivière un café bien chaud entre les mains. Je pense que vous l'aurez compris, ce livre n'est pas un roman utilisant la pêche comme vecteur. C'est un livre de recueil d'histoires de pêche qui s'adresse en tout premier lieu aux amateurs mais qui pourra faire le bonheur d'autres lecteurs et, pourquoi pas, créer des vocations. J'ai passé un bon moment en lisant ce livre. Il m'a conforté dans l'idée que la passion est quelque chose qui ne s'explique pas mais qui rend la vie plus douce. Pour certains ce sont les poissons, pour d'autres les livres. http://www.aubonroman.com/2011/10/mem...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    Read my thoughts here https://bookaroundthecorner.wordpress... Read my thoughts here https://bookaroundthecorner.wordpress...

  13. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    The book is a collection of essays written more about fly-fishing than sex. The writing is crisp and avoids any notion of being "flowery." Gierach is at his best when things go bad - real bad. In the context of fishing that is. The worst fishing conditions bring out his laser-focused wit in Sex, Death, and Fly-Fishing. And nobody or nothing is off-limits. He'll take a swing at "selective" trout and those "tweed-coat" types along with anyone else who happens to be near where he's fishing. A good The book is a collection of essays written more about fly-fishing than sex. The writing is crisp and avoids any notion of being "flowery." Gierach is at his best when things go bad - real bad. In the context of fishing that is. The worst fishing conditions bring out his laser-focused wit in Sex, Death, and Fly-Fishing. And nobody or nothing is off-limits. He'll take a swing at "selective" trout and those "tweed-coat" types along with anyone else who happens to be near where he's fishing. A good example which had me laughing was "The Drought Years." But it's not all laughs. Gierach has the unusual talent of sneaking in very lucid observations. Just when you think he's going to continue on his comedic-roll... Bang, he hits you with a simple truth of the matter. A truth you probably knew, but never saw put in words so simply and clearly. Gierach can even render the philosophical without sounding philosophical. Again, he finds a way to express a concept like an "ecosystem" in terms I think we can all understand: "A good ecologist can dovetail into dovetail until the whole thing stretches out of sight. We call it an ecosystem now; earlier Americans called it the Sacred Circle. Either way it can make your little head swim with a vision of a thing of great size and strength that still depends on the underpinning of its smallest members." Makes sense... So, maybe it is about the birds and bees afterall.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Trish

    I can't decide whether this man is a better writer than he is fisherman. How can I know? Fisherman are known to lie--nay, exaggerate, perhaps--but it sounds as though his catch-and-release has allowed him years of fishing pleasure, pain, and travail as is only right for one who writes of it. I adore his crotchety voice, his clear descriptions of locales we outsiders will never see, had we the time and the hand-tyed flies. The laconic tales of grown men who spend their time (and not just vacatio I can't decide whether this man is a better writer than he is fisherman. How can I know? Fisherman are known to lie--nay, exaggerate, perhaps--but it sounds as though his catch-and-release has allowed him years of fishing pleasure, pain, and travail as is only right for one who writes of it. I adore his crotchety voice, his clear descriptions of locales we outsiders will never see, had we the time and the hand-tyed flies. The laconic tales of grown men who spend their time (and not just vacations and weekends!) catching fish, only to release them again, somehow makes the absurdity of our modern life more bearable. The effort lavished on the deceit by the artful tying of a fly that matches a molt that occurs only once a season must describe the craziest hobbyist or the most righteous artist at his task. This kind of passion enriches his life, and ours, too.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Levi Sullivan

    What a masterful storyteller...and funny as hell too. This book is a collection of vignettes, reflecting upon fishing, friendship and life. There is a real beauty to his prose, without any flowery bits to it. Not that I have a thing against flowery bits--in fact, I love to read them, it's just that he writes beautifully without them. There is real depth to his thinking, and he relates it well. Any man who asks questions more than he gives answers seems to me well versed in wisdom. This man is a What a masterful storyteller...and funny as hell too. This book is a collection of vignettes, reflecting upon fishing, friendship and life. There is a real beauty to his prose, without any flowery bits to it. Not that I have a thing against flowery bits--in fact, I love to read them, it's just that he writes beautifully without them. There is real depth to his thinking, and he relates it well. Any man who asks questions more than he gives answers seems to me well versed in wisdom. This man is a master craftsman and fisherman. His knowledge has depth. One day, I'd like to match it. Until then, his stories will take me there.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Astin

    I finally dipped my toes into Gierach, a lion of the fishing world, and perhaps the original (did anybody write down fishing stories before John Gierach?) I've picked up this book every time I needed a yarn to make me laugh, ponder, and relax. Gierach channels the experience of becoming completely immersed in the pursuit of a trout, how that experience transforms our relationship with the natural world, and even how it affects our relationships. This is a book I can likely pick up in the future I finally dipped my toes into Gierach, a lion of the fishing world, and perhaps the original (did anybody write down fishing stories before John Gierach?) I've picked up this book every time I needed a yarn to make me laugh, ponder, and relax. Gierach channels the experience of becoming completely immersed in the pursuit of a trout, how that experience transforms our relationship with the natural world, and even how it affects our relationships. This is a book I can likely pick up in the future every time I need a story to help me re-set, and will likely enjoy them just as much the second time around.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ludovic Iribarne

    Non, ce livre n'est ni un polar, ni un livre érotique. Ici, on parle essentiellement de... pêche à la mouche. Pêcheur invétéré et écrivain majeur de nature writing, John Gierach délivre des chroniques où l'humour se mêle à la poésie, la passion à l'ironie. Au bord des lacs, le long des rivières, plongeons au cœur de la nature sauvage américaine. Non, ce livre n'est ni un polar, ni un livre érotique. Ici, on parle essentiellement de... pêche à la mouche. Pêcheur invétéré et écrivain majeur de nature writing, John Gierach délivre des chroniques où l'humour se mêle à la poésie, la passion à l'ironie. Au bord des lacs, le long des rivières, plongeons au cœur de la nature sauvage américaine.

  18. 4 out of 5

    David Macrunnel

    Great tales of fly fishing's good, bad, and mysterious sides and the locations where it all goes down. The only reason I gave it four stars is because there are parts of the book where you don't feel connected with the story anymore, almost like an outsider hearing an inside joke. Great tales of fly fishing's good, bad, and mysterious sides and the locations where it all goes down. The only reason I gave it four stars is because there are parts of the book where you don't feel connected with the story anymore, almost like an outsider hearing an inside joke.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Johnson

    Highly entertaining. This is a book to throw in your rucksack or vest and knockout a chapter while waiting for a hatch.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    Gierach is my favorite author. I've read all of his books multiple times and his writing style never grows old. I'll probably read this book another dozen times before the cover falls off. Gierach is my favorite author. I've read all of his books multiple times and his writing style never grows old. I'll probably read this book another dozen times before the cover falls off.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    He is a very entertaining writer. I purchased this book for a vacation read. It was enjoyable. I went out and ordered 6 of his other books to read as well!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jim Booth

    A wonderful collection of humorous and meditative essays on fly fishing in Colorado and environs...

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tom Baker

    My first Gierach. Generally slow paced, sometimes too technical-perhaps like a run of the mill trout stream. Many times wonderful astuteness of our human folly.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Geoff

    More on living as a trout bum

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ed

    A+ love it

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ben

    A very joyful light read. Definitely more for people that enjoy fishing. Each day I was excited to come home from work and open it up. I was disappointed when it ended.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Julianne Kurpiewski

    Good book if you enjoy fishing. Gierach is amazing! His words definitely paint a picture in your mind!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ron Patch

    Great fun.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Darrin Niday

    good read, Gierach has an interesting view on life and flyfishing

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lorie

    from KRJs personal library...boyfriend research...lol

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