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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 lor 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.


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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 lor 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.

30 review for Death, Taxes, and Leaky Waders: A John Gierach Fly-Fishing Treasury

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jared

    That son of a bitch Gierach. He just gives me a way to think about fishing when I'm not fishing. I'm addicted, and after finishing this giant "treasury" of his best stories, I'm not sure what to read this off season. Obviously his stories are witty, funny, and reveal not only why so many of us fish, but so much more. As an avid outdoorsman, a little off center, fiercely independent, and relationship failure, he is kind of my hero. Reading his stories also feels like you are getting some insider That son of a bitch Gierach. He just gives me a way to think about fishing when I'm not fishing. I'm addicted, and after finishing this giant "treasury" of his best stories, I'm not sure what to read this off season. Obviously his stories are witty, funny, and reveal not only why so many of us fish, but so much more. As an avid outdoorsman, a little off center, fiercely independent, and relationship failure, he is kind of my hero. Reading his stories also feels like you are getting some insider fishing secrets, when in truth, he is only telling how to become a fisherman, not where to fish, or what to fish, but how to fish.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Matthew McDavid

    One of my favorite books I’ve ever read. Gierach combines simple, funny, educational fly fishing stories with a deeply resonating philosophy that makes you laugh and ponder all at the same time. I highly recommend these books to anyone, and I enjoy each one. Death, Taxes, and Leaky Waders is the pinnacle in my opinion.

  3. 5 out of 5

    H R Koelling

    There were some great essays in this book. It was a wonderful introduction to John Gierach, whom I've never even heard of before. I thought he came across as a bit grumpy in some of these essays though. I prefer the more upbeat fishing essays of Nick Lyons. I started reading this book right before I joined a bunch of friends on our yearly fishing trip to the Deschutes River. It really got me in the spirit of fishing after the long Winter. The range of fishing locations and experiences he writes a There were some great essays in this book. It was a wonderful introduction to John Gierach, whom I've never even heard of before. I thought he came across as a bit grumpy in some of these essays though. I prefer the more upbeat fishing essays of Nick Lyons. I started reading this book right before I joined a bunch of friends on our yearly fishing trip to the Deschutes River. It really got me in the spirit of fishing after the long Winter. The range of fishing locations and experiences he writes about provide insight into fishing in waters I will probably never have time to visit. I guess this is also why I preferred Nick Lyons' essays more: because I grew up on the East coast and I was familiar with the places Nick wrote about. John's essays are mostly about Colorado and Montana rivers, places I've never been. But this is still a great book about fishing that introduced me to this fine author. I will definitely seek out more of his books.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    I like Mr. Gierach's writing, but I don't like it a whole lot. Well, I guess I like it enough to go and buy another of his books, "Fool's Paradise", which I just downloaded. This book is a series of essays about all things having to do with fly fishing for trout, and some things not, such as fly fishing for carp. One of my least favorite chapters is the one he drew from his dictation into a digital voice recorder-little pocket device that will carry about 31 hours of dictation. I keep one in my I like Mr. Gierach's writing, but I don't like it a whole lot. Well, I guess I like it enough to go and buy another of his books, "Fool's Paradise", which I just downloaded. This book is a series of essays about all things having to do with fly fishing for trout, and some things not, such as fly fishing for carp. One of my least favorite chapters is the one he drew from his dictation into a digital voice recorder-little pocket device that will carry about 31 hours of dictation. I keep one in my pocket. It's good for notes; it's not so good to transcribe directly into an essay. About the best writing in this book is Gierach's introduction, or preface. That seems to be his best writing, and it's pretty good. Of course, all of this could just be my jealousy over his ability to fish, then write about it, and call it work...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Doug E.

    I liked it so much that I bought it for my dad. We fished together a lot when I was younger and I know that his father, who I never really got to know, was also a pretty enthusiastic fisherman. About 2 years ago dad and I stepped our game up a little and took up fly fishing. When I gave him the book I told him he should keep it in the glovebox and go read it whenever he gets too embarrassed by the fact that I'm catching more fish than him. I liked it so much that I bought it for my dad. We fished together a lot when I was younger and I know that his father, who I never really got to know, was also a pretty enthusiastic fisherman. About 2 years ago dad and I stepped our game up a little and took up fly fishing. When I gave him the book I told him he should keep it in the glovebox and go read it whenever he gets too embarrassed by the fact that I'm catching more fish than him.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ben

    I just re-read this anthology of short stories by John Gierach, one of my favorite authors. He writes mostly about fly-fishing, but like all good outdoor writing that's just a launch pad for delving into the real existential questions that pop into our heads when we're onstream, on the road, on the trail, or sitting inside snowbound dreaming of the sun. Great stuff. I just re-read this anthology of short stories by John Gierach, one of my favorite authors. He writes mostly about fly-fishing, but like all good outdoor writing that's just a launch pad for delving into the real existential questions that pop into our heads when we're onstream, on the road, on the trail, or sitting inside snowbound dreaming of the sun. Great stuff.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Andy Harmon

    John Gierach is a trout bum, philosopher, and writer. His simple, humorous style is exactly what you would expect from a fly fisherman from the small town of Lyons, Colorado. Somehow Gierach always finds a way to weave his hilarious comments on the human condition into essays on nature and fly fishing.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dad Manseau

    This is a book for anyone who has ever wet a flyline.While reading, I felt as if I was standing in a river watching big trout sip mayflies from the surface film. A must read for all you Trout Bums (or want to be Trout Bums) out there.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tyler Minix

    I'd always wanted to try fly fishing, but this book was the main reason I decided to go ahead and give it a go. I'm glad I did. I'd always wanted to try fly fishing, but this book was the main reason I decided to go ahead and give it a go. I'm glad I did.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Chris Bannon

    A re-read of a great compilation by one of my favorite outdoor writers.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Coleman

    Only 80 pages in and one of my favorite books. In just a few short paragraphs I'm transfered from the bothers of life to a flowing river with a fly rod in hand. Only 80 pages in and one of my favorite books. In just a few short paragraphs I'm transfered from the bothers of life to a flowing river with a fly rod in hand.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jeb Harrison

    This is the quintessential collection from one of the great fishing essayists of all time. Even the non-fisherman will enjoy Gierach's easily digestible storytelling style. This is the quintessential collection from one of the great fishing essayists of all time. Even the non-fisherman will enjoy Gierach's easily digestible storytelling style.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ron Patch

    Classic.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Chin

    The thing about Gierach is you can pick up one of his books and start just about anywhere and be entertained. It's like running into a classic old geezer on the stream and having a few laughs. The thing about Gierach is you can pick up one of his books and start just about anywhere and be entertained. It's like running into a classic old geezer on the stream and having a few laughs.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Phillip

    SI is right. Gierach is the Mark Twain of fly fishing writing.

  16. 4 out of 5

    R.E. Long

    The only thing bad about John Geirach books, is you end up reading them too fast. Leaving you wanted the "next" story. The only thing bad about John Geirach books, is you end up reading them too fast. Leaving you wanted the "next" story.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tony Dincau

    Wonderfully written, witty and yet down to earth.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Allyn

    This is the book I reread when I have nothing to read. I also read it on business trips instead of watching TV in the hotel. It is almost as good as being on the water.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bill Gelinas

  20. 5 out of 5

    Steve Minch

  21. 4 out of 5

    Aron Bennett

  22. 4 out of 5

    Adam Kautza

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dave

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

  25. 5 out of 5

    Richard

  26. 5 out of 5

    Timtwombly

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alex

  28. 4 out of 5

    Guy

  29. 5 out of 5

    Shawn

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rjj

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