Another Lousy Day in Paradise and Dances with Trout

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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...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451621273
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 4/19/2011
  • Edition description: Omnibus
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 654,808
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

John Gierach is the author of numerous books on fly-fishing. 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.

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  • Posted January 29, 2012

    Book is awesome but watch for missing pages

    The book is a joy to read. I finished the first book with no issues but when I started the second book I ran into some problems the first story goes from page 1 to 13 then to 12 and back to 14. I took it back to a local store ( I purchased online) and they had the same issues with their copies. I'm now in the process of waiting for a copy to be mailed to me. I hope it has all of its pages.

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