John Gierach

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John Gierach is an American author and freelance writer who formerly resided on the St. Vrain River in Lyons, Colorado and now lives in Larimer County, Colorado. His books' themes are based on his various fly fishing adventures, some of which take place with his friend, A.K. Best. A few of his works include The View from Rat Lake, Even Brook Trout Get the Blues, and the cult classic--Trout Bum. His work has appeared in Gray's Sporting Journal, Field & Stream where he is a contributing author, and Fly, Rod, and Reel where he is an editor at large. He also writes columns for the Longmont Daily Times-Call out of Longmont, Colorado and the monthly Redstone Review and a monthly column for The New York Times.[1]

Gierach was the 1994 recipient of the Federation of Fly Fishers Roderick Haig-Brown Award—The award recognizes a fly fishing author whose work embodies the philosophy and spirit of Roderick Haig-Brown, particularly, a respect for the ethics and traditions of fly fishing and an understanding of rivers, the inhabitants and their environments.[2]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • Trout Bum
  • Even Brook Trout Get the Blues
  • The View from Rat Lake
  • Where the Trout Are All as Long as Your Leg
  • Sex, Death, and Fly-Fishing
  • Fly-fishing Small Streams
  • Fly-fishing the High Country
  • Still Life with Brook Trout
  • Standing in a River Waving a Stick
  • Dances with Trout
  • Fishing Bamboo
  • Another Lousy Day in Paradise
  • At the Grave of the Unknown Fisherman
  • Good Flies: Favorite Trout Patterns and How They Got That Way
  • Signs of Life
  • Death Taxes And Leaky Waders: A John Gierach Fly Fishing Treasury
  • Fool's Paradise
  • The Fly Fishing Anthology (with Mallory Burton and Ernest Hemingway)
  • No Shortage of Good Days
  • All Fisherman Are Liars

The following books were written and produced with A.K. Best:

  • A. K. Best's Fly Box: How to Tie the Master Fly-Tyer's Patterns
  • A. K. Best's Advanced Fly Tying: The Proven Methods and Techniques of a Master Professional Fly Tyer--37 Important Patterns
  • Dyeing and Bleaching Natural Fly-Tying Materials
  • Production Fly Tying - A Collection Of Ideas, Notions, Hints, & Variations On The Techniques Of Fly Tying


  1. ^ Bie, Tom. "Rodholders: John Gierach". Midcurrent. Retrieved 2010-03-30. 
  2. ^ "Federation of Flyfishers Awards-Past Recipients". Retrieved 2010-03-30.