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Dances with Trout [Paperback]

John Gierach
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April 1995
Written by the author of "Where the Trout Are All as Long as Your Leg", "Sex, Death and Flyfishing" and "Trout Bum", this book covers where John Gierach roams, from Alaska to Texas to Scotland, in search of good fishing and even better fish stories. The author's observations included experiences such as getting lost, anticipating a storm, fishing at night and taking part in a fishing contest - a contest whose rules specified "normal fishing conditions", which to him means fishing with a mild hangover. Gierach shows the reader his tested hunting techniques, such as his method of waiting quietly in the woods, reading a good book and looking up occasionally to see if any deer happen to have wandered into view.
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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671779206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671779207
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 945,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One summer, A. K. Best, Larry Pogreba and I walked up into a high mountain valley we know of to find and fish a certain alpine lake. Read the first page
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the lighter side of fishing 15 Jan 2003
This is a good look at the lighter side of fishing in a very readable and informative fashion. The opening chapter - and the explanation of the book title - really sum up the book for me. You can tell it is not going to be a dull how-to book when the author says he wants his life on the big screen and to be played by Kevin Costner!!
It is also refreshing to read about fishing writers getting skunked (and not just the author), which makes you feel less inadequate with a fly rod. Even though this is not the best John Geirach offering out there it is certainly worth a read and I didn't put this one down until I read it cover to cover. I particularly enjoyed reading the chapters about Scotland, Texas, and Alaska with the disappearing fish
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 8 Oct 2013
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True Gierach! wonderful descriptive and amusing writing about his outdoor lifestyle. cannot fault the stories and the subtle way he passes on his knowledge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ANother gem from the best fishing writer today 11 May 2000
By Michael J. Edelman - Published on Amazon.com
You don't have to be a fly fisherman to enjoy Gierach, though it does help. When he waxes ecstatic over bamboo rods, or explains how the Green Drake mayfly (Ephemerella grandis) is differentiated from its cousins, E. doddsi and E. flavilinea, perhaps only a fisherman can understand exactly why this is so important.
But reading Gierach isn't something you do to learn about the technique or the science of fishing, or how to select a rod, or how to cast. He's more about the philosophy of fishing, about why we are willing to stand in the middle of a cold stream wearing silly clothes and waving a stick over our heads. He's the ultimate Trout Bum, to quote an earlier book, a man for whom there really is no other life, and who has made a modest living for years just celebrating this life. And of course he does this in a wonderfully witty way; no jokes, just a lot of observations that will still make you smile the umpteenth time you read them.
"Dances with Trout" is not just about trout fishing, or about fishing, for that matter. The "Scotland" chapter doesn't have much to say about how to fish for salmon; "Fool Hen" is about grouse hunting, and "In the Woods" is about still hunting for deer.
What ties all these stories together is Gierach's feeling of comradery with his hunting and fishing pals, and even more so, a real connection with the outdoors. In a time when for many, "outdoor sports" means something like racing through the woods in a snowmobile, tearing up the peace and quiet of a lake in a jetski or "four wheeling", Gierach writes about the simple pleasures of being outdoors and absorbing the world around you.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Winter time fishing blues? Read Gierach 21 Nov 2000
By "rlowery78" - Published on Amazon.com
Eyes getting tired from tying those #18 cahills? Too Cold to fish? Sit back and go fishing with Geirach. Great Book, great stories!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't flyfish? Don't fish at all? It doesn't matter! 15 May 2001
By troeb - Published on Amazon.com
I'm an avid bass angler who has never done much flyfishing, but after reading a good Gierach,(they're all great,) I'm ready to head out to that little creek in Montana, or that bass pond in Texas, or even Scotland with a fly rod and join him. This was the first book of his I read and now I'm on my fourth. I love how relaxed and fun his writing is, and I, personally, can relate to a lot of his views and feelings about things. Even for the non-angler, John Gierach is alot of fun, even if you have no idea what the heck a #14 Royal Wulff is. If you're looking for some great reading, go with Gierach.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dances has a great beat! 9 Aug 2001
By Harry P Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Gierach has a way of lulling the reader into a world of strange illusion. I keep forgetting I'm reading and start thinking I'm eaves-dropping at a campfire. The rhythm of a writer is important and can fan the flame of imagination or dowse it like cold beer on your last match. Dances fans, man...it fans! The stories within the covers are told like stories should be told...easy with lot's of real words. There's too many writers,today,who write like evil spawn of New Age English classes! John bucks 'em all and writes like a story teller...taunting us with worlds filled exotic adventures...like killing porcupines with rocks. Good stuff!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book of short stories for the outdoorsman. 30 Dec 1996
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Gierach's book is an excellent book of short stories for the
fisherman/outdoorsman. He is able to quickly whisk you away
on whatever trip he's detailing and make your remember your
best (or worst) fishing experiences. You're also likely to
meet counterparts to outdoor buddies you've fished with in
the past. His stories make perfect 5-15 minute reads and
are guaranteed to lift your spirits. Gierach deals with
hunting as well as fishing. I've purchased this
and other Gierach books as gifts several times.
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