Standing in a River Waving a Stick

Narrated by: David Colacci
Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
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Publisher's 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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awesome entertainment

great book, great sense of humor and great entertainment i would read again In a heartbeat

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another great listen 👍

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

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Good book but...

Good easy listening. John and David are a winning combination. Very glad to listen to the book.

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  • 02-10-20

Another credit well spent

This is another delightful Gierach book
Full of atmosphere, good spirited fun and dry wit
As always you learn something and feel like you’re song for the fishing trips sans mosquitos

Gierachs books are wonderful in the way a good fishing story is good to listen to again and again