Posts Tagged ‘Gierach’

Ain’t no sunshine? Then they’re gone

a-fly-rod-of-your-own-9781451618341_lgOn a roll-call of supposedly hard and fast rules that stand on shaky ground, this thing about trout ceasing to co-operate in bright sunshine is due some serious review.

Just days after filing an article on a great day’s fishing beneath near-cloudless skies at Tinto Trout Fishery (see our 500th issue, out on  August 16) I start reading John Gierach’s latest book, A Fly Rod of Your Own, and encounter this:

“The day was unseasonably chilly, cloudy and rainy with a leaden sky…The weather felt more like October than August and would normally have been promising for trout fishing, but Snake River cutthroats don’t care for gloomy days. They’re friskier when it’s warm and sunny…”

None of this makes the basic premise unsound, of course, but it does serve as a cautionary reminder that the only thing set in stone in flyfishing are bridge supports.

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In the end (and thanks to Bish on Fish for the tip-off) fate gave Eric King-Turner just under two years’ grace Down Under, after his decision to seek fishing pastures new and emigrate from the UK while he was still young enough to do so. At 102.

Now he’s dead, the licence he bought for the 09-10 season just days before passing, never to be used.

Worth the trip? I suspect so.

Rest in peace, Eric and many thanks from hacks everywhere for a great story.

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Never mind policemen looking younger: cameras getting thinner – that’s the real sign you’re growing old. Any improvement on 0.78 inches…?

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The ultimate gift for John Gierach fans, to be sure. Trouble is, chances are only you will get the joke…

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I suspect this Drake forum thread will be as rude as it’s funny but as an all-star gathering of stand-up, it looks hard to beat. Run along now, children…

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And finally, pay no heed to the weekend’s extreme weather warnings, my fellow UK anglers. Fishing is all about attitude.

Gierach – an alternative to the great man?

I bow to no man in my admiration for the work of John Gierach, so when someone sticks his neck out to suggest that ‘if you like  Gierach, you’ll like this’, I take notice.

Sadly, I can only find the Amazon review page for Don Knaus’ Of Woods and Wild Things but there’s an extract available for Joe Parry’s Of a Predatory Heart.

You decide…

Already, I know Gierach’s new book will be fine…

From Tom Chandler’s review, this extract from the new Gierach book, Fool’s Paradise:

“I’m still waiting for Americans to realize that being in constant communication is not an advantage, but a short leash. Cell phones have changed us from a nation of self-reliant pioneer types into a bunch of men standing alone in supermarkets saying ‘Okay, I’m in the the tampon aisle, but I don’t see it.’”