John Gierach, “the voice of the common angler” (The Wall Street Journal) and member of the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame, brings his sharp sense of humor and keen eye for remark to the fishing life and, for that matter, life in general.
John Gierach is known for his witty, trenchant observations about fly-fishing. In A Fly Rod of Your Own, Gierach once again takes us into his world and scrutinizes the art of fly-fishing. He travels to remote fishing locations where the airport isn’t much bigger than a garage and a flight might be held up because a passenger is running late. He sings the praises of the skilled pilots who fly to remote fishing lodges in tricky locations and bad weather. He explains why even the most veteran fisherman seems to muff his cast whenever he’s being filmed or photographed. He describes the all-but-impassable roads that fishermen all the time seem to encounter at the most efficient fishing spots and why fishermen discuss four-wheel drive vehicles almost as passionately and continuously as they discuss fly rods and flies. And even as he’s on that subject, he explains why even the most conscientious fisherman all the time seems to accumulate more rods and flies than he could ever need.
As Gierach says, “fly-fishing is a continuous process that you learn how to love for its own sake. Those who fish already get it, and those that don’t couldn’t care less, so don’t waste your breath on someone who doesn’t fish.” From Alaska to the Rockies and across the continent to Maine and the Canadian Maritimes, A Fly Rod of Your Own is an ode to people who fish—and they are going to get it.