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Dumb Luck and the Kindness of Strangers - Geirach

A look back to the long-ago day when the author bought his first resident fishing license in Colorado, where the fishing season never ends, and he just knew he was in the right place. The “voice of the common angler” (The Wall Street Journal), he offers witty, trenchant observations not just about fly-fishing itself but also about how one’s love of fly-fishing shapes the world that we choose to make for ourselves. 5.5x8.4 inches, 224 pgs.

Witty, shrewd, and, as always, a joy to read, John Gierach, “America’s best fishing writer” (Houston Chronicle) and favorite streamside philosopher, extols the frequent joys and occasional tribulations of the fly-fishing life.

“After five decades, twenty books, and countless columns, [John Gierach] is still a master” (Forbes). Now, in his latest fresh and original collection, Gierach shows us why fly-fishing is the perfect antidote to everything that is wrong with the world.

“Gierach’s deceptively laconic prose masks an accomplished storyteller...His alert and slightly off-kilter observations place him in the general neighborhood of Mark Twain and James Thurber” (Publishers Weekly). In Dumb Luck and the Kindness of Strangers, Gierach looks back to the long-ago day when he bought his first resident fishing license in Colorado, where the fishing season never ends, and just knew he was in the right place. And he succinctly sums up part of the appeal of his sport when he writes that it is “an acquired taste that reintroduces the chaos of uncertainty back into our well-regulated lives.”

Lifelong fisherman though he is, Gierach can write with self-deprecating humor about his own fishing misadventures, confessing that despite all his experience, he is still capable of blowing a strike by a fish “in the usual amateur way.” The “voice of the common angler” (The Wall Street Journal), he offers witty, trenchant observations not just about fly-fishing itself but also about how one’s love of fly-fishing shapes the world that we choose to make for ourselves.

John K. 31-05-2020 16:39

I am thoroughly enjoying reading the book. John Geirach certainly knows how to write to produce a pleasing reading experience.

VICTOR L. 17-05-2020 15:28

Another great read by John.

Federico L. 08-05-2020 13:26

Gierach nails it as usual. Makes you feel as if you're fishing with him even when you're sitting at home.

Damian W. 27-04-2020 12:57

Another easy read that takes you on fishing trips with John, and takes you back to your own similar fishing trips. It will inspire you to fish, tie flies, and maybe think about doing some fishing closer to home for species you normally wouldn’t fish for, just for the sake of being able to be out fishing.

Mark F. 21-04-2020 17:59

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Thomas S. 21-04-2020 10:58

It's classic Gierach and fishing essays don't get much better than that.

5 stars based on 6 reviews
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