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Standing in a River Waving a Stick

Narrated by: David Colacci
Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
Categories: Sport, Other

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Summary

Brilliant, witty, perceptive essays about fly-fishing, the natural world, and life in general by the acknowledged master of fishing writers

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, 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 writing 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 on your tombstone is 'The Poor Son of a Bitch Didn't Fish Enough.'" Fortunately for Gierach fans, this is not likely to happen.

©1999 John Gierach (P)2019 Tantor

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  • 01-10-19

another great listen 👍

I crank through gierach books all day at work and they are great, I recommend

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  • R. G. Ruiz
  • 31-07-19

Good book but...

The most memorable moment was for me mid-chapter 9. I am not so petty to not finish the book and enjoyed it otherwise, but about midway through chapter 9 there was a totally unnecessary knock against Republicans that really has no place in this book and adds nothing. I enjoy all the books I have by John Gierach and still intend to recommend them, however; it left a lasting bad taste in my mouth. I am not particularly thin skinned, however; I listen to these books and spend my money for entertainment and it certainly diminished the entire
book for me totally catching me off guard unnecessarily. I think I will treat this book like the fly/trout he described and pick another one.