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    Has anyone read No Shortage of good days by John Gierach?

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    I read the first couple of chapters, and then skimmed through the rest. John seems to have completely lost that charm I first saw in Trout Bum, and his latest book seems more of a paycheck. It sounds terrible to say that, but his earlier stories really inspired and motivated me. His latest book only has me hoping that I don't become too grumpy as I get older. Fortunately, I know and fish with a few anglers that are much older than Gierach, and they're still having a blast.

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    I liked Trout Bum and his stories inspired me as well. I've met a few older anglers recently who are still having a blast. Thats too bad that his book looks like it was written for a paycheck.

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    Just got a used copy and I have only ready the first chapter (short story). I have read almost all of what John has written and I am sure I will like the new stuff, but I don't like the stories that are included in new books from old ones. The very first story is one that was from another one of his books, he may have re-worked it some, but it is still the same story to me.
    Ray

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    I read it. It's not bad, I've read much worse. However, I do agree that his older stuff is better.

    I will say the the only reason I bought it was that I managed to get a copy that was signed by both John Gierach and the artist who did the cover (Bob White). I like the work of both individuals so I took the plunge...but not a read deep pool....
    It's not the heat, it's the stupidity.
    What manner of jackassery will I be subjected to today?

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    How do you pronounce his last name? Like "gear-ark?" Always wondered, and never heard it. I am now reading my first book by him, "Even brook trout get the blues." That's all I have to go off of......maybe I should have started with "Trout Bum."
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    Trout Bum could be the only Gierach book a person needs to read.
    Seriously, like my postings here, Gierach gets very repetitive. His books are usually a compilation of essays written for a magazine, or to fill his books.The exceptions are At the Grave of the Unknown Fisherman, his book about bamboo rods, small stream fishing (although there are better books on the topic-Dave Hughes book is very good), and Good Flies. I've read many of Gierach's books, and you often have to skip several "chapters" because they appeared in his other books.

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    A year ago I pick up a collection of 30 or so issues of Flyfishing magazine. A Frank Amato publication from the '80s. I believe it was predecessor of Fly Rod and Reel. Anyways, the magazine as a whole was a poor relation compared to Fly Fisherman or American Angler with the exception of the articles by Gierach and there were at least one and sometimes two of those per issue
    Better stuff than most of his books
    My favorite book of his was Fishing Bamboo, and that's the latest one I own.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrl0004 View Post
    How do you pronounce his last name? Like "gear-ark?" Always wondered, and never heard it. I am now reading my first book by him, "Even brook trout get the blues." That's all I have to go off of......maybe I should have started with "Trout Bum."
    I believe it is "GEAR-ack"...at least that's what I say.

    I agree with Frank. I have read quite a few of his books, and they are very repetitive. I wouldn't worry about which one you read first, while some are stronger than others they all have the wisdom and wit that makes Gierach famous and lovable, some just more than others. I recall really enjoying "The View from Rat Lake". When he is funny he is really funny.

    I get real tired of the "back in the good ole days" stuff too, the "grumpy old man" syndrome when everything used to be better, there were fewer people, no one cared about what you wore...etc.

    I know that a lot of us share those feelings and I actually think it is important to read them and be turned off by the arrogance. For me, it reminds to not act like that. I will say that I think that Gierach is good at not being overly grumpy or crusty, but usually I prefer to not read it at all.

    I mean what is the point of reading about how much better the sport was 40 years ago? That is gone, I missed it. Should I just mope around and feel bad that the world isn't the same place, that the trout fishing isn't as good now as it was then? Of course not, so what is the point of constantly being told that?

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    Not his best, but his worst is better than most. I would agree with DMT, I liked "Rat Lake" the best. milt.

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