A Fly Rod of Your Own

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Author: John Gierach

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451618360

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

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“After five decades, twenty books, and countless columns, [John Gierach] is still a master,” (Forbes) and his newest book only confirms this assessment, along with his recent induction into the Flyfishing Hall of Fame. In A Fly Rod of Your Own, Gierach brings his ever-sharp sense of humor and keen eye for observation to the fishing life and, for that matter, life in general. Known for his witty, trenchant observations about fly-fishing, Gierach’s “deceptively laconic prose masks an accomplished storyteller…his alert and slightly off-kilter observations place him in the general neighborhood of Mark Twain and James Thurber” (Publishers Weekly). A Fly Rod of Your Own transports readers to streams and rivers from Maine to Montana, and as always, Gierach’s fishing trips become the inspiration for his pointed observations on everything from the psychology of fishing (“Fishing is still an oddly passive-aggressive business that depends on the prey being the aggressor”); why even the most veteran fisherman will muff his cast whenever he’s being filmed or photographed; the inevitable accumulation of more gear than one could ever need (“Nature abhors an empty pocket. So does the tackle industry”); or the qualities shared by the best guides (“the generosity of a teacher, the craftiness of a psychiatrist, and the enthusiasm of a cheerleader with a kind of Vulcan detachment”). As Gierach likes to say, “fly-fishing is a continuous process that you learn to love for its own sake. Those who fish already get it, and those who don’t couldn’t care less, so don’t waste your breath on someone who doesn’t fish.” A Fly Rod of Your Own is an ode to those who fish that “brings a skeptical, wry voice to the peril and promise of twenty-first-century fishing” (Booklist).

Fly Fishing Midwestern Spring Creeks

Angler's Guide to Trouting the Driftless Area

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Author: Ross A. Mueller

Publisher: The Guest Cottage, Inc.

ISBN: 9780964804715

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 118

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Another Sort of Life

A Professor's Life Among the Downwardly Mobile,The New Poor, and the Underclass of the Troubled 1980S

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Author: John Calvert

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1465326383

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 350

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Spurred by boredom and maybe a touch of mid-life crisis, a political science professor quits the security of academic life and with just the cash in his pocket, a worn-out station wagon and a cargo of books hits the road in search of something different. economy and the highest unemployment rate since the Great Depression. His new colleagues include neer-do-wells, zanies, bohemians, underachievers, and people temporarily or permanently down on their luck. He joins the new poor an unprecedented class of downwardly mobile people for whom university degrees, diligence, and doing everything right have lost their force and he becomes himself a misfit who cant, or wont, hang onto a job. During his travels he makes a catch-as-catch-can living as an adjunct professor, a field worker, a department store clerk, a civil servant, a door-to-door salesman, a janitor, a car washer, a day laborer, even a seller of blood his own. This is a close-up view of the dark (and now largely neglected) side of the 1980s, also of a subculture which lives just below the surface of middle-class American life and which shares neither in its affluence nor its aspirations. Its a fouryear stroll on the wrong side of the tracks, a tale reminiscent of George Orwells Down and Out in Paris and London, yet leavened with a dash of humor.

The Memory Of Running

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Author: Ron McLarty

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 140551549X

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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Smithson Ide's life so far has led him nowhere. He's 43 years old, weighs 279 pounds, and keeps himself numb with food and alcohol. His only emotional ties are to his parents and to the memory of his older sister, Bethany, who has been missing for 20 years. Then his parents die in a car crash and he learns of Bethany's death in LA County. Suddenly there isn't enough beer in the world to keep Smithy from his feelings. Drunk and bereft, he takes his old Raleigh bicycle and starts cycling. Once he starts, he can't stop and then he's riding across America to recover his sister. Along the way he meets all sorts of people who help or hinder him. He hears the confession of a priest, he rescues a boy from a snow storm, he has a gun pointed in his face, he's hit by a truck and helps a man dying of AIDS. Smithy's ride is an extraordinary quest, to rediscover the past and memories of Bethany, but it's also his journey back to life.

Reeling In Russia

An American Angler In Russia

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Author: Fen Montaigne

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1466852143

Category: Travel

Page: 275

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In the summer of 1996, award-winning journalist Fen Montaigne embarked on a hundred-day, seven-thousand-mile journey across Russia. Traveling with his fly rod, he began his trek in northwestern Russia on the Solovetsky Islands, a remote archipelago that was the birthplace of Stalin's gulag. He ended half a world away as he fished for steelhead trout on the Kamchatka Peninsula, on the shores of the Pacific. His tales of visiting these far-flung rivers are memorable, and at heart, Reeling in Russia is far more than a story of an angling journey. It is a humorous and moving account of his adventures in the madhouse that is Russia today, and a striking portrait that highlights the humanity and tribulations of its people. In the end, the reader is left with the memory of haunted northern landscapes, of vivid sunsets over distant rivers, of the crumbling remains of pre-Revolutionary estates, and a cast of dogged Russians struggling to build a life amid the rubble of the Communist regime.

Orvis Fly-Tying Manual

How to Tie Eight Popular Flies

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Author: Tom Rosenbauer

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1493002406

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 144

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Once an angler has some tying experience, he'll want to tackle the hottest patterns. The Orvis Fly-Tying Manual covers six of the most popular flies, each detailed in its own chapter with materials, substitutes, and photographically illustrated step-by-step instructions. Readers who've mastered a few basics have the know-how to make the Woolly Bugger, Bead-Head Soft Hackle, Hare's Ear Nymph, Adams, Letort Hopper, and Chartreuse Clouser Minnow, a lineup that meets many angling needs.

ORVIS FLY TYING MANUAL2ND ED: HO

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Author: Tom Rosenbauer

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1493002392

Category: Reference

Page: 144

View: 6599

Once an angler has some tying experience, he’ll want to tackle the hottest patterns. The Orvis Fly-Tying Manual covers six of the most popular flies, each detailed in its own chapter with materials, substitutes, and photographically illustrated step-by-step instructions. Readers who’ve mastered a few basics have the know-how to make the Woolly Bugger, Bead-Head Soft Hackle, Hare’s Ear Nymph, Adams, Letort Hopper, and Chartreuse Clouser Minnow, a lineup that meets many angling needs.

Orvis Guide to Better Fly Casting

A Problem-Solving Approach

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Author: Al Kyte

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1493002414

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 168

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Fly casting might look easy—you just move the rod back and forth, right? Yes, that's true, but between “back” and “forth,” a lot can go wrong. The perfect marriage of human skill and dexterity to the cork and graphite of today's fly rods takes a good bit of work, and this is the how-to book that gets you around common mistakes and bad moves so that you can develop the muscle memory that makes for easy, accurate, and highly successful fly casting. Author Al Kyte's instruction, with numerous full-color photographs, breaks down the parts of the cast to get you to better understand what is happening and how to put all of the parts of your cast together to make noticeable improvements.

Fly-fishing-the Sacred Art

Casting a Fly as a Spiritual Practice

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Author: Eric Eisenkramer,Michael Attas,Lori Simon,Chris Wood

Publisher: SkyLight Paths Publishing

ISBN: 159473299X

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 139

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In this unique exploration of fly-fishing as a spiritual practice, an Episcopal priest and a rabbi share what it can teach us about awe and wonder in the natural world, the benefits of solitude, the blessing of community and the search for the Divine.

Sex, Death, and Fly-Fishing

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Author: John Gierach

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439127063

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 240

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From the irrepressible author of Trout Bum and The View from Rat Lake comes an engaging, humorous, often profound examination of life's greatest mysteries: sex, death, and fly-fishing. John Gierach's quest takes us from his quiet home water (an ordinary, run-of-the-mill trout stream where fly-fishing can be a casual affair) to Utah's famous Green River, and to unknown creeks throughout the Western states and Canada. We're introduced to a lively group of fishing buddies, some local "experts" and even an ex-girlfriend, along the way Contemplative, evocative, and wry, he shares insights on mayflies and men, fishing and sport, life and love, and the meaning (or meaninglessness) of it all.

Fly Rod Building Made Easy: A Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Making a High-Quality Fly Rod on a Budget

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Author: Art Scheck

Publisher: The Countryman Press

ISBN: 1581578644

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 192

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In clear steps illustrated with hundreds of photographs, Art Scheck takes the beginning rod maker through the steps to creating a handmade fly rod that will fish with the best of them but won't break the bank. Art Scheck revolutionizes the exclusive world of fly rod building by teaching the beginning rodmaker how to build a rod that will catch fish. It doesn't have to be expensive. It doesn't have to be difficult. With a few hours of work, this entertaining book and its 225 step-by-step photos will walk you through all you need to know and do—from buying the parts you'll assemble to putting that last coat of finish on your gleaming new rod. Art Scheck makes this arcane art accessible, enjoyable, and affordable.

Death, Taxes, and Leaky Waders

A John Gierach Fly-Fishing Treasury

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Author: John Gierach

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743215397

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 416

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Brilliant, witty, perceptive essays about fly-fishing, the natural world, and life in general by the acknowledged master of fishing writers. Death, Taxes, and Leaky Waders collects forty of John Gierach’s finest essays on fishing from six of his books. Like all his writing, these essays are seasoned by a keen sense of observation and a deep knowledge and love of fishing lore, leavened by a wonderfully wry sense of humor. Gierach often begins with an observation that soon leads to something below the surface, which he finds and successfully lands. As Gierach says, writing is a lot like fishing. This is the first anthology of John Gierach’s work, a collection that is sure to delight both die-hard fans and new readers alike. To enter Gierach’s world is to experience the daily wonder, challenge, and occasional absurdity of the fishing life—from such rituals as the preparation of camp coffee (for best results, serve in a tin cup) to the random, revelatory surprises, such as the flashing beauty of a grayling leaping out of the water. Whether he’s catching fish or musing on the ones that got away, Gierach is always entertaining and enlightening, writing with his own inimitable blend of grace and style, passion and wit.

Even Brook Trout Get The Blues

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Author: John Gierach

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439128589

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

View: 6875

Brilliant, witty, perceptive essays about fly-fishing, the natural world, and life in general by the acknowledged master of fishing writers. “Once an angler has become serious about the sport (and ‘serious’ is the word that’s used), he’ll never again have enough tackle or enough time to use it. And his nonangling friends and family may never again entirely recognize him, either.” In other words, he (or she) will have entered Gierach territory. And fishermen who choose to brave the crowds at the big hold, commune with the buddies at the “family pool,” or even wade into questionable waters in the dark of night are sure to recognize themselves in Even Brook Trout Get the Blues. Whether debating bamboo versus graphite rods, describing the pleasure of fishing in pocket waters or during a spring snow in the mountains, or recounting a trip in pursuit of the “fascinatingly ugly” longnose gar, Gierach understands that fly-fishing is more than a sport. It’s a way of life in which patience is (mostly) rewarded, the rhythms of the natural world are appreciated, and the search for the perfect rod or ideal stream is never ending. It is not a life without risks, for as Gierach warns: “This perspective on things can change you irreparably. If it comes to you early enough in life, it can save you from ever becoming what they call ‘normal.’” Even Brook Trout Get the Blues will convince you that “normal” is greatly overrated.

No Shortage of Good Days

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Author: John Gierach

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781451610116

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

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Brilliant, witty, perceptive essays about fly-fishing, the natural world, and life in general by the acknowledged master of fishing writers. In No Shortage of Good Days John Gierach takes readers from the Smokies in Tennessee to his home waters in Colorado, from the Canadian Maritimes to Mexico—saltwater or fresh, it’s all fishing and all irresistible. As always he writes perceptively about a wide range of subjects: the charm of familiar waters, the etiquette of working with new fishing guides, night fishing when the trout and the mosquitoes are both biting, and fishing snobbery, a pitfall he seems to have largely avoided: “A friend and I recently realized that making fly-fishing a way of life instead of a hobby has made us a couple of pretty one-dimensional characters. On the other hand, we agreed we’re two of the happiest people we know, albeit in a simple-minded sort of way.” Gierach again demonstrates the wit, eloquence, and insight that have become his trademarks. No Shortage of Good Days is the next best thing to a day of fishing.

Heroes of the Telegraph

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Author: John Munro

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1633550729

Category: Fiction

Page: 195

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Prof. John Munro (1849-1930) was the author of Heroes of the Telegraph (1891), The Story of Electricity (1896) and A Trip to Venus (1897). "In plain English, at 4 a. m., a ray of light had been observed on the disc of the planet Mars in or near the "terminator"; that is to say, the zone of twilight separating day from night. The news was doubly interesting to me, because a singular dream of "Sunrise in the Moon" had quickened my imagination as to the wonders of the universe beyond our little globe, and because of a never-to-be-forgotten experience of mine with an aged astronomer several years ago."

How to Fly-Fish

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Author: Cliff Hauptman

Publisher: Stackpole Books

ISBN: 9780811731379

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 113

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Rods, reels, lines, leaders, knots, flies, waders, and other equipment you'll need to start fly fishing Demystifies fly fishing and shows you how to keep it simple The ten most versatile flies for freshwater fishing, plus detailed illustrations that show necessary gear, flies, and how to tie knots Fly fishing has a reputation for being complex and difficult, and it can be both fascinating and intimidating to newcomers. This book covers the basic essentials of what you need to get started and then, when you're ready to take on more, shows you how to explore further. Soon-to-be fly fishers will find this a useful introduction.