Dances with Trout

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In Dances with Trout, John Gierach roams the globe in search of good fishing and even better fish stories. He writes about fishing for trout in Alaska, for salmon in Scotland, and for almost anything in Texas. He offers perceptive observations about such subjects as ice-fishing ("There's something about sitting on a frozen, windswept lake staring down that eight-inch-diameter hole that looks - at least from a distance - like the primitive equivalent of watching television"), getting lost, fishing at night, and ...
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In Dances with Trout, John Gierach roams the globe in search of good fishing and even better fish stories. He writes about fishing for trout in Alaska, for salmon in Scotland, and for almost anything in Texas. He offers perceptive observations about such subjects as ice-fishing ("There's something about sitting on a frozen, windswept lake staring down that eight-inch-diameter hole that looks - at least from a distance - like the primitive equivalent of watching television"), getting lost, fishing at night, and the art of tying flies ("Evaluating a fly solely on whether it catches fish is like saying a painting of Elvis on velvet is as good as a Picasso because both will cover the same crack in the plaster"). On the subject of fishing tournaments, Gierach has this to say: "A tournament that accurately represented all the subtleties of fly-fishing doesn't exist and probably never will. It would have to have not only casting and fish-catching competitions, but also categories for fashion . . . not to mention lunch and wine selection, the invention and naming of fly patterns, bird and edible plant identification, good-heartedness, humor, lying, trespassing, philosophical detachment, creative misdirection of fellow anglers and so on." Dances with Trout also lets readers in on Gierach's tested hunting techniques, such as his method of waiting quietly in the woods, reading a good book, and looking up occasionally to see if any deer happen to have wandered into view. Written with the wry humor and wit that are Gierach's trademarks, Dances with Trout is sure to delight fishermen and non-fishermen alike.

Gierach's witty and idiosyncratic perspective on the great outdoors--and its effects on the "inner man"--transcends traditional literary boundaries. Whether he's questing for trout in Alaska, salmon in Scotland, or bass in Texas, Gierach explores both the delights and the downsides of life outdoors. Illustrations.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The steps of this dance will be familiar to Gierach fans: wry, just-might-be-true fishing reports from road trips, river floats and Rocky Mountain hikes, set to the rhythms of a restrained, good-natured polka. This collection of 18 witty pieces, most of which appeared originally in his column for Sports Afield , could have been titled ``Dances with Salmon, Deer and Texas Bass and Cha-Chas with Grouse All Over the Place.'' Gierach relates more hunting adventures here than in such earlier collections as Sex, Death and Fly-Fishing ; the salmon story relates a full-dress British ritual expedition in Scotland, in which Gierach comes across a little like Ralph Cramden on a PGA tour. Most of these pieces demonstrate the author's low-key storytelling style, which occasionally strains, perhaps under the pressure of producing a regular column. Fans will rate this collection somewhere below his classic Where the Trout Are All as Long as Your Leg. (Apr.)
Library Journal
Trout fishers and fly casters have their first opportunity to hear Gierach read a collection of his stories. The pieces are about fishing, of course, but also about conservation, ecology, aesthetics, outdoor journalism, and the prospects of growing older. There is great variety among the tales. Aspects of trout fishing in Colorado (including a fascinating piece on ice fishing) comprise approximately half of the program, while the remaining pieces address fly fishing for bass in Texas and Atlantic salmon in Scotland. Each setting enables the author to make insightful observations on the fish, the fishers, and the ecological context, from which we learn about ourselves. Familiarity with fly fishing terminology is a definite plus. Suitable for outdoors collections.-Cliff Glaviano, Bowling Green State Univ. Libs., Ohio
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780939643554
  • Publisher: Audio Press, The
  • Publication date: 1/1/1994
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: 2 Cassettes
  • Product dimensions: 4.26 (w) x 6.98 (h) x 0.64 (d)

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