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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.

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 "[A]n 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 "[I]n the usual amateur way". 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.

©2020 John Gierach (P)2020 Tantor

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  • BearheartRaven
  • 21-07-20

Familiar places and familiar characters of any fisherman’s experience

Gierach and Colacci make an impeccable team. Colacci’s performance for near perfect with the literary voice of Gierach. I imagine if I ever meet John I’ll be surprised by the way he sounds. Gierach excels at making you feel like one of the guys or gals sharing a campfire exchanging stories. Sure, they are all about fly fishing but they are also about place, people, relationships, landscape, philosophy, and living right. I appreciated the midwestern locations in this book. I recognized many of the “fish dogs” - think my lab thought the story was about her. I’m always sorry when his books are finished. I miss the conversations while I do the chores around the farm. My Dad would have been John’s age. I’m quickly approaching 50 and it gets harder and harder to find sage advice. Gierach, stay safe and keep writing!