John Gierach SIMON & SCHUSTER, April 2000 Binding Type: Softcover ISBN: 0-684-86329-4 In this latest journey, Gierach visits favorite trout-filled waters from the Colorado foothills to British Columbia & in-between; explores how to maintain a friendship when your friend catches more trout than you do; getting skunked; what makes a good fly fisher and more. 240 pgs. More Information: "The solution to any problem--work, love, money, whatever--is to go fishing, and the worse the problem, the longer the trip should be." This is John Gierach's perspective on fishing and life, and it isn't entirely tongue-in-cheek. But Gierach knows that there is more to fishing than actually catching fish, or as he puts it, "The real lessons of fishing are the ones that come after you've caught some fish. They have to do with things like solitude, quietude, patience, perspective, humor, and the sublime coffee break." In Standing in a River Waving a Stick, Gierach addresses all these and more with his trademark combination of wit and wisdom. In this new book, Gierach visits his favorite trout-filled waters, from the Colorado foothills to British Columbia and points between, recounting both memorable fishing spots and memorable fish. He discusses such topics as the differences between fishing in ponds and fishing in streams; what makes a good fly pattern ("The good ones are the ones that work...and the great ones are those that survive beyond their own generation"); the ethics of writing about undiscovered trout waters; and the fly-fisher's progression from Stage One -- "when you fish from dawn to dusk without a break, get quickly drunk on something cheap, [and] spend the night wrapped in a wet blanket" -- to something slightly more civilized. Gierach takes in his surroundings with the keen and appreciative eye of a naturalist, whether he's observing the hatching patterns of flies, catching subtle clues to the presence of potentially big fish nearby, or taking note of the local denizens in his wry and philosophical way ("Rural people understand that life is basically a dangerous, unmanageable mess, so when things go wrong, their suspicions are confirmed and it's just a blessing no one was killed"). Above all, however, Gierach is an example of his own assertion that good fishermen have "the uncanny ability to immediately turn any conversation to angling with a fly rod, on the theory that the essence of anything is in how it's either like or unlike fishing." Rich in fishing lore, humor, and the seasoned know-how that has won him a devoted readership, Standing in a River Waving a Stick is sure to delight fly-fishers everywhere. TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. The Happy Idiot 2. A New Pond 3. Grizzly Central 4. An Embarrassment of Riches 5. Fish Camps 6. Belief 7. Boatmen 8. Patterns 9. Getting Stuck 10. Getting Skunked 11. Ponds 12. Second Nature 13. The Fly Box 14. McCook 15. Taking It Personally 16. The Right Thing 17. Where to Fish 18. Stage Two 19. Big Thompson 20. The Lake 21. States of Mind 22. Jordan River ABOUT THE AUTHOR John Gierach is the author of several previous books, most recently Another Lousy Day in Paradise. His work has appeared in Field & Stream, Fly Fisherman, and Fly Rod & Reel, among other publications. He lives in Lyons, Colorado.