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All Fisherman Are Liars

All Fisherman Are Liars

$ 24.00
In his seventeenth book, Gierach, who gave us the term “trout bum,” describes North American trout and salmon fishing in all seasons—from Atlantic salmon in Newfoundland, through Chinook salmon in Pacific estuaries, and on to trout fishing across the American West. An engaging autobiographical introduction opens the book, which includes 22 perceptive and witty essays, recalling numerous fishing trips and offering insights on fly rods and fly patterns. Among the many highlights are “Tenkara,” in which the author examines a new fly-fishing technique from Japan, and “Montana,” which delivers an appealing take on a mainstay in angling literature, the almost mystical experience of catching many fish in a secret fishing hole. These lyrical essays explode with descriptions of beautiful places, big fish, and beautiful fish (brook trout from a lake in winter “so brilliant that they seemed to be lit from within”). But Gierach can write about more than trout and salmon. Among the fish, there are reflections on Zen, some musing on Sun Tzu, and spot-on cameos from Richard Russo and James Crumley. --John Rowen


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