Into the Off Season

  • By: John Gierach
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The conceit among trout fishers is that we’re all such unreconstructed fanatics that when fishing possibilities dwindle over the winter we go quietly insane. In fact, some do—and not always quietly—but others seem to take the break more or less in stride and a few even think it’s “good for the soul,” as Nick Lyons once said, to have an off-season for rest and reflection.

Stalking the Conejos

  • By: John Gierach
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"Creeks are 'dear to my heart,' as my grandmother would have said, and since I don’t have a spare heart to turn to, I’m glad to know there are hundreds of thousands of miles of them: more than I could fish in thirty lifetimes."

Sporting Life

  • By: John Gierach
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Atlantic Salmon fishing in New Brunswick...

Night of the Hex

  • By: John Gierach
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Big bugs bring big expectations.

Food for Thought

  • By: John Gierach
Shore Lunch

I had one of the best steak dinners of my life on the outskirts of Valentine, Nebraska. It was at a family restaurant called The Bunkhouse, one of those places designed to feed the locals as well as snag passing tourists in season with the usual corny western motif and a “Little Cowpoke Special” on the kid’s menu. There were a few paved parking spaces out front, but my friend Ed and I were towing a bass boat, so we drove around back to the enormous dirt lot reserved for campers and 18-wheelers. A hot wind was blowing out of the east across a pasture and a truck stop and there was dust in the air along with the combined aromas of cow flop and diesel.

Baja Roosterfish

  • By: John Gierach
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On the Beaches of Baja

Sporting Life

  • By: John Gierach
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A trip down Tennessee way

Haunted by the Skagit

  • By: John Gierach
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There are plenty of stories about not catching steelhead, so why tell another? Maybe because fishermen have always been prouder of their successes than they deserve to be, but also more haunted by their failures. Or maybe because the unlikelihood of catching these things defines the sport and makes those

Winter Fuel

  • By: John Gierach

Firewood and fly-fishing

Sporting Life

  • By: John Gierach

The Perfect Host