Item description for At The Grave Of The Unknown Fisherman by Michael Prichard John Gierach...
In this National Bestseller, John Gierach, America's favorite fishing scribe, takes us through a year of fishing begining with an early spring expedition to barley thawed Wyoming waters and ending with a New Year's Eve trip to the Frying Pan River in Colorado.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.5" Width: 5.4" Height: 1.2" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Aug 30, 2005
Publisher American Media International
ISBN 1932378723 ISBN13 9781932378726
Reviews - What do customers think about At The Grave Of The Unknown Fisherman?
Excellent companion Feb 11, 2008
In years past, I have read several of John Gierach's books. Out of all the fishing books I have read, his thoughts and writing lingered year after year. I picked up his audiobook, At the grave of the Unknown Fisherman, for a 16 hour drive across Wyoming, Utah and Neveda and another 16 hours back home. He (and John McPhee) were companions of the best kind, feeling a connection as if you'd been his fishing buddy for many years. Without a doubt hugely interesting, knowledgable, humorous and uplifting. The book contains philosphies to clear your busy life, realizing the comfort of the fisherman's trance, re-discovering the true fisherman in you and references to improve your fishing skills. The writer lives in CO and writes about his intimate knowledge of his home water; yet, many of his stories are about fishing WY waters, my home water. He includes fishing experiences in PA, Missouri and Canada. His descriptors are so real and grounded, you can almost close yours eyes and feel the wind pressing against your back. You find yourself driving along unknowlingly ducking gently as your subconscious imagines a heavily weighed fly zip past your ear. This is one for anyone's fly fishing library.
Don't be silly - read this! Oct 24, 2007
John has a great way of describing the attitudes and demeanor of he and his friends as they fish the Rocky Mountain front. As much fun as being on the water fly fishing. Read it!
Wonderful reflections on life and fishing ... Jan 11, 2007
I very much enjoy John Gierach's writings and this is one of his best works. I learned much about life and fly-fishing reading this book ... and can think of no higher praise.
Fly Fishing Meat and Potatoes Jan 23, 2004
I've read almost all of Gierach's books and this is another great collection of fishing stories told in his naturally witty style. He's still fishing with his old friends like A.K. Best. He still writes about his affinity for bamboo rods, carp, grayling, bass ponds, Green Drakes and the good ol' days. He still writes mostly about fishing in Colorado, and the neighboring states around his home. And, his writing always contains a slew of witty Zen philosophy one-liners and this one is no different. What's new in this book is his explanation of his move from his old cabin along the St. Vrain River to his new home three miles away. His old cabin was a pretty common subject in his past books and it was a little sad to hear about it's demise. He also updates the reader about his new work in the local paper the "Redstone Review" which his new girlfriend publishes. If you didn't know any better you would think that the good ol' "Trout Bum" was settling down a little and getting a little sentimental in his later years.
Well, whatever you want to call John Gierach, "trout bum", or "avid fisherman" there is no doubt that he is a fine fisherman. He writes about fly fishing in a no nonsense kind of way. He doesn't sugar coat anything. You get a meat and potatoes image of fly fishing that's wry, funny, sentimental, and informative. As a Midwesterner, I really relate to his blue collar style, which is one of the reasons why Gierach continues to be my favorite fly fishing author. You're more apt to read fishing stories that involve old beat up trucks rather than fancy SUV's. If this is your first Gierach book and you like his style, I suggest you also read "Death, Taxes, and Leaky Waders", which is a compilation of his favorite stories from his previous books.
Observant, wry & well written notes on the fishing life Sep 2, 2003
It is amazing that John Gierach can keep putting out interesting books on essentially the same topic without getting very repetitious. This is another compilation of essays in a long series chronicling his fishing life and the issues that have impact upon it.
His first book, Trout Bum, established his persona...a trout-obsessed fly-fisher who puts everything in life second to the sport. Whether or not this is actually true we don't know, but I suspect that it is pretty much accurate. Unlike most of the bums that I've known(ski bums, golf bums, bass bums) Gierach has managed to make a living from his obsession. I guess that this is a good thing for him...it certainly is good for his readers!