No Shortage of Good Days

No Shortage of Good Days

4.3 13
by John Gierach
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

“America’s best fishing writer” (Houston Chronicle) returns with more surprising, entertaining insights on fishing and on life, now in paperback.

In No Shortage of Good Days John Gierach takes readers from the Smokies in Tennessee to his home waters in Colorado, from the Canadian Maritimes to Mexico—saltwater or fresh,

Overview

“America’s best fishing writer” (Houston Chronicle) returns with more surprising, entertaining insights on fishing and on life, now in paperback.

In No Shortage of Good Days John Gierach takes readers from the Smokies in Tennessee to his home waters in Colorado, from the Canadian Maritimes to Mexico—saltwater or fresh, it’s all fishing and all irresistible. As always he writes perceptively about a wide range of subjects: the charm of familiar waters, the etiquette of working with new fishing guides, night fishing when the trout and the mosquitoes are both biting, and fishing snobbery, a pitfall he seems to have largely avoided: “A friend and I recently realized that making fly-fishing a way of life instead of a hobby has made us a couple of pretty one-dimensional characters. On the other hand, we agreed we’re two of the happiest people we know, albeit in a simple-minded sort of way.”

Gierach again demonstrates the wit, eloquence, and insight that have become his trademarks. No Shortage of Good Days is the next best thing to a day of fishing.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"John Gierach is a master at spinning tales."
The Denver Post
Publishers Weekly
In the same charming style of his previous books, Gierach (Sex, Death, and Fly-Fishing; Still Life with Brook Trout) offers plenty of enthusiasm for nonanglers, but is also full of the firsthand knowledge and sagely guarded secrets that keep fishermen coming back for more. This collection of essays offers envy-inducing travelogues, such as "Baja," "Tennessee," and "Atlantic Salmon," as well as others that focus on the intricacies of "taking someone fishing," such as "The Perfect Host"; others, like "Book Tour," explore the ups and downs of the writing life and publishing business. The most personal look at Gierach, who is both a bamboo-rod snob and free-spirited trout bum, comes in the revealing "Cheating," which covers how anglers "fight over how the fish should be caught" and allows the author to share his biases, transgressions, and some secondhand gems about poaching. No matter the subject, Gierach's prose, complete with catchy one-liners ("the river you see is like a slide show run by a speed freak"; "fishing is like any other quest in the sense that when you finally close the deal, you can be at a loss about what to do next"), combines the naturalist poetics of Norman Maclean and the nascent practicality of Benjamin Franklin. (May)
Kirkus Reviews

A prolific fly-fishing expert and nature writer dispenses hard-won field-and-stream wisdom.

Few writers, if any, have written about the implications of fly-fishing as eloquently as Ernest Hemingway inThe Big Two-Hearted River, but Gierach (Fool's Paradise, 2008, etc.) brings detailed insight and a sense of humor to the subject. With a title taken from an Annie Dillard quote ("There is no shortage of good days; it's good lives that are hard to come by"), the book is a collection of fondly remembered fishing trips and random fishing-related topics, along with miscellaneous other narrative odds and ends thrown in the mix: fishing and firewood, fly-fishing versus bait fishing, fly-fishing's countercultural history, salmon fishing, the experience of fishing with guides and even a random chapter on the perils of combining fishing with the pain-in-the-neck necessity of book tours. The author's strength is his obvious obsessive drive to find the perfect fishing spot and make the perfect cast; his travels take him from his home state of Colorado to Canada, Wisconsin, Washington State and Mexico. While his fisherman's jargon can get a bit too specialist-sounding for non-expert fisherman, Gierach's good for plenty of man-of-the-soil maxims. On the subject of fishing on film: "Fishing is like sex in that it can be anywhere from deeply meaningful to just plain fun to participate in, but it's oddly boring to watch in videos." Though his thoughts occasionally veer off on unforeseeable tangent, even these detours often have a certain charm: One minute he's talking about hooking wild trout in public water; the next, he's on to some old-fashioned transcendentalist contemplation on the frivolity of material wealth.

Gierach's genial campfire manner and woodsy witticisms should hook more than just the average fishing fanatic.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780743291767
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
04/24/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
210
Sales rank:
499,122
Product dimensions:
5.54(w) x 8.28(h) x 0.57(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"John Gierach is a master at spinning tales."

The Denver Post

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. Visit JohnGierachBooks.com.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >