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Standing in a River Waving a Stick

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With his inimitable combination of wit and wisdom, John Gierach once again celebrates the fly fishing life.

Standing in a River Waving a Stick by John Gierach
With his inimitable combination of wit and wisdom, John Gierach once again celebrates the fly fishing life in Standing in a River Waving a Stick and notes its benefits as a sport, philosophical pursuit, and even therapy: "The solution to any problem- work, love, money, whatever- is to go fishing, and the worse the problem, the longer the trip should be." After all, fly fishing does teach important life lessons, says Gierach- about solitude, patience, perspective, humor and the sublime coffee break.

Recounting both memorable fishing spots and memorable fish, Gierach discusses what makes a good fly pattern, the ethics of wiring about undiscovered trout waters, the dread of getting skunked, and the camaraderie of fellow fishermen who can end almost any conversation with "Well, it's sort of like fishing, isn't it?" Reflecting on a lifetime of lessons learned at the end of a fly rod, Gierach concludes, "The one inscription you don't want carved into your tombstone is 'The Poor Son of a Bitch Didn't Fish Enough.'" Fortunately for Gierach fans, this is not likely to happen.

Standing in a River Waving a Stick- John Gierach- Paperback- 234 pages

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