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Dances With Trout

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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.

With the wry humor and wit that have become his trademark, John Gierach writes about his travels in search of good fishing and even better fish stories. In this new collection of essays on fishing —and hunting—Gierach discusses fishing for trout in Alaska, for salmon in Scotland and for almost anything in Texas. He offers his perceptive observations on the subject of ice-fishing, getting lost, fishing at night, tournaments and the fine art of tying flies. Gierach also shares his hunting technique, which involves reading a good book and looking up occasionally to see if any deer have wandered by.

Always entertaining, often irreverent and illuminating, Gierach invites readers into his enviable way of life, and effortlessly sweeps them along. As he writes 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.”

From Publishers Weekly

Apr 04, 1994 – 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.

Customer Reviews

Dances With Trout

Well there you have it. This book should have been a boring. It should have been a book about tall tails of fish won and lost on a stream. But it is more than that. If you are, have ever been or, wish to be, a man ( or women) of the stream this book puts it all into words. Words I myself, never even thought of comprehending. As stated by a self proclaimed Fly Fisherman.

Dances With Trout

John Gierach is one of the best fly fishing authors I've read, as I'm sure more anglers would agree. As an avid angler myself, his stories have a striking similarity to my own adventures when I'm out on a river. His stories, including 'Dances With Trout' aren't necessarily 100% about the act of fishing as they are life stories revolving around fishing. I highly recommend anglers of all aptitudes read his stories. They are quick reads and always engaging.


Dances with the trout review

This book is just like his others when it comes to its rating. John Gierach is a very accomplished writer who never falls short. I am probably one of the few 13 year olds who can under stand and admire his books.

Dances With Trout
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Sports & Outdoors
  • Published: May 11, 2010
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Seller: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
  • Print Length: 208 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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