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Trout Bum is a fresh, contemporary look at fly fishing, and the way of life that grows out of a passion for it. The people, the places, and the accoutrements that surround the sport make a fishing trip more than a set of tactics and techniques. John Gierach, a serious fisherman with a wry sense of humor, show us just how much more with his fishing stories and a unique look at the fly-fishing lifestyle.
Trout Bum is really about why people fish as much as it is about how they fish, and it is ultimately about enduring values and about living in a harmony with our environment. Few books have had the impact on an entire generation that Trout Bum has had on the fly-fishing world. The wit, warmth, and the easy familiarity that John Gierach brings to us in Trout Bum is as fresh and engaging now was when it was first published twenty-five years ago. There's no telling how many anglers have quit their jobs and headed west after reading the first edition of this classic collection of fly-fishing essays.
From Library Journal
Gierach's previous book and articles (four of which are included here) have been well received by the fishing fraternity. The present effort is a collection of 20 pieces marked by Gierach's inimitable, intelligent style. Not purely philosophical, adventurous, or instructional, the book combines elements of all three with a dash of wit to boot. Gierach belongs in every good collection of contemporary fly fishing literature; he is the common man, uncommonly attuned to the nuances of his vocation, turned articulate author. David J. Panciera, Westerly P.L., R.I.