No Shortage of Good Days

No Shortage of Good Days

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by John Gierach
     
 

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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 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

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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 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

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)
From the Publisher
"John Gierach is a master at spinning tales."
The Denver Post
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:
9781451610116
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
05/17/2011
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
263,473
File size:
3 MB

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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.

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No Shortage of Good Days 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
bodhi47 More than 1 year ago
It's Gierach. It's about fishing and sometimes about life itself. Easily read essays that are his standard fair. He's not breaking new ground or stretching the envelope, he's more like a comfortable pair of slippers. If you can't get out to fish, you can read about it here. He's got well crafted writing and is a master of the essay form. Good punch lines to most of the stories. If you've read Gierach before you'll enjoy this one too. And if you haven't read him before, it's as good a place as any to start.
Austin123 More than 1 year ago
No shortage of Good days is one of Geirachs many books about fly-fishing, this book is definitely when you cant get out on the water and this is the next best thing. This book is like many of his other fly-fishing books and explains his views on life through the river and lakes that he fishes. This book explains more of the modern touches that the sport has brought. Such as the “wannabes” who spend thousands of dollars on fly fishing equipment to look the part and to hopefully “make them better”. This modernization has been dubbed by him as “fishing snobbery”, and is a reality that he makes you see. While he travels to fish for Atlantic salmon, and to ocean near Baja, he talks of the “home water” area the fisherman have. “while it may be a second rate stream”(Geirach)  this hits home for many fisherman including myself who fish a world class river but are confined to fishing one hole all day due to the amount of fisherman that flock to the area. This book would be very interesting if it was turned into a movie, of a fly-fishing legend wading through life , it would be a great satirical comedy for the sportsman world. His writing style is the usual essay from, where he has dramatic punch lines and chapters that are each based on a different point in time. Not in chronological order, which makes the book interesting but not hard to follow due to the unrelated link to previous books. The people in the book are still the same as he travels with one of his best friends A.K. Best who is also a world renowned fly tier. The idea that fly-fishing is just another sport and a hobby is then intertwined with the wit we all love and the lifestyle some of us dedicate our lives to whether it be small streams, or big water. This is one of the ideal sportsmen’s books that put you right in the middle of the water in your living room, a great read.
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One of the best fly fishing writers in America.
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