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Death, Taxes, and Leaky Waders: A John Gierach Fly-Fishing Treasury Hardcover – 1 Jun 2000

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  • Hardcover: 414 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (Jun 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068486858X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684868585
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,917,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Hawkes on 19 Mar 2005
Format: Paperback
As you turn the pages you are drawn into John's world, a world that revolves around fishing and good companions. His sense of humour is there throughout also his love of nature and the environment. A pleasure to read and a book that appeals to Fishing men and women as well as less fortunate folks that dont fish. It is a great taster of the other books he has written and on the back of reading this I purchased several more of his books. A good book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Roger Lombard on 10 Aug 2000
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I've given it three stars because I was disappointed find my worst fears realised - this "treasury" is not new work but a collection of 40 of John's best from six of his published books. Don't buy it therefore, in the hope of fresh thoughts from the master because if you are a Gierach devotee you'll have read it all before and it wouldn't deserve Gierach's usual five stars because he shouldn't get them twice. However for those fortunate enough to be newcomers... this book will be a happy and five star introduction to his style. When do we get the next real new one, John?
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Longtrotter on 7 Feb 2013
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I've seen this booked described in numerous ways - `best of' and `treasury' being two of the most common. I would like to had `Primer' to that list as, if you've never read any Gierach, this is the place to start. John Geirach has few peers as an angling writer, on either side of the Atlantic, and `Death, Taxes and Leaky Waders' is a series of essay's taken from 6 of Gierach's books. The stories span a decade of his writing from `Trout Bum' in 1986 to `Another Lousy Day in Paradise' in `96. 40 of this American writer's finest works.

The title of John's books tells you all you need to know about his writing style. Someone - who doesn't take himself too seriously - who writes with a simple contentment and a deep empathy for his subject matter. Many of the stories have little to do with fishing. Angling for Gierach is as much about exploring the wilderness areas of the US which makes this sometimes as much a travel book as an angling one. The experience of being far from civilisation is a theme the writer returns to frequently.

Don't be put off by the fact that the author is an American fly fisher. (He fishes for more than just trout anyway). What he manages to capture - time and time again is why we anglers do what we do.

Much of John's fishing is done on the companionship of `AK' as this opening paragraph from `Neither Snow, nor Rain, Nor Gloom of Night' (taken from Sex, Death and Fly Fishing) illustrates...

"A.K. and I were camped on Roy Palm's place, with the tent pitched on a flat grassy spot about half way between the house and his stretch of the Frying Pan River. Roy had recently cleaned things up, so there was a big bulldozed pile of brush and tree limbs nearby that we were raiding nightly for firewood.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Great Outdoor Book 9 April 2008
By A. D. Cox - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Death, Taxes and Leaky Waders

Time, little pieces of forever crumbling into tomorrow, so fleeting so fast, so damn close to April 15th and tax day. I received a letter from the IRS, and after a big breath, and popping a fresh load of buckshot into the old 12 gauge, I decided to read it. Appears the government is giving me $600 of my own money back in order to stimulate the economy. They could have saved a stamp and given me $600.41 cents back, or better yet, left it in my pocket. I would have tickled the economy by buying food, books, and of course, fishing gear. Yep, the first true sign of spring isn't robins or dandelions or even April showers, but that first tug at the end of a fishing line. The first day of trout season is always about more than the fish, and no one knows that better than outdoor writer John Gierach.

John Gierach is a free-lance writer and author of several fly-fishing themed books with titles such as Still Life With Brook Trout; Sex, Death and Fly-Fishing; and the cult classic, Trout Bum. His work has appeared in Gray's Sporting Journal, Field & Stream and Fly, Rod and Reel. His writing is not purely instructional, though there's plenty of useful information, nor merely adventurous, though he travels from the Arctic to Scotland to the Rockies, and it's not the purist philosophy of an elite fly fisherman, though there's a witty thinker with a wry sense of humor wearing that patched-up pair of waders. What he does manage to do is explain the peculiarities of the fishing life in a way that will amuse novices and seasoned fly fishers alike.

Death, Taxes and Leaky Waders collects forty of John Gierach's finest essays on fishing from six of his earlier books. Gierach is perhaps one of the most entertaining outdoor writers working today. Like all his writing, these essays are about more than fishing, but about nature, friendship, and observations of life. Gierach often begins with a keen observation that soon leads to something below the surface, which he coaxes out, and successfully lands. As Gierach says, "Writing is a lot like fishing."

Writing is a lot like fishing. Both take patience, persistence, lots of time, an appreciation of the process, and both are harder than they appear. This anthology of Gierach's work is sure to comfort the angler who stands in a cold river for hours and brings home nothing to show for it. As any fisherman knows, there's more to fishing than the fish, and like any good writing, this collection of essays is about more the preparation of camp coffee or catching arctic graylings, but ultimately about life, death and of course, fly fishing...

If you love this book, check out "Of A Predatory Heart" by Joe Parry and "Of Woods and Wild Things" by Don Knauss

Fish or cut bait? Trout or Bass? Drop me an email at frommyshelf@epix.net Trolling for past columns? Cast your line at [...] Be sure to catch "Hobo Finds A Home" a children's book about a cat who wanted more out of life than to be a barn cat. This column approved by the committee to elect Hobo for President
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Death, Taxes and Leaky Waders 19 Jun 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I splurged on this book without knowing anything about John Gierach (sacrilege?), and felt like I'd discovered America. As an inchoate fly-fisher, I found his stories so exciting that every time I sat down to read it I wanted to rush out to practice my casting in the hope that one day, I too would have stories like these to tell. I've found that many books by veteran fishermen discourage me from trying to get my waders wet--this book does the opposite (and I wonder if the author regrets this response!) Huzzah huzzah.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Quaint it ain't 22 Sep 2000
By Gerald W. Buckley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
John's writing is in one of those styles you look forward to crummy weather so you can justify sitting down and getting a kick out of his antics. To do otherwise, well heck, you'd feel like he'd wag a finger at you and ask, "Why the hell aren't you fishing you dolt!? See that hatch? See that rise? Drop my book and tie into those beautiful little torpedos!"
The stories are marvelous. John's fishing and hunting partners are a hoot. And I can't help but think that there's some cryptic means of deciphering his secret fishing spots by selecting every third letter of every ninth word of every other paragraph... or something like that.
The illustrations are GREAT! Hope I can find a garage sale edition of the book so I can demolish it for the pictures.
John, great job and hope your St. Vrain is chugging along for you.
GB in Tulsa
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Funny and Educational -- What a Book! 10 Dec 2001
By Don King - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
John is one funny guy. And he knows the outdoors. His cast of characters make reading this series of short stories about fishing, camping, and life outdoors a real pleasure. I only hope his other books are as enjoyable as this one.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Makes me want to load the truck and hit the open road! 31 May 2001
By Dennis P Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I always page to John Gierach's column first when the Fly Rod and Reel magazine shows up in the mail box. This was a wonderful read for a flyfisherman in Minnesota in the winter. The thoughts this book brought forth kept me going through the long (too cold to fish) winter.
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