John Gierach

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John Gierach
Alma materFindlay College
GenreNarrative essays
Notable worksThe View from Rat Lake
Even Brook Trout Get the Blues
Trout Bum
Notable awardsRoderick Haig-Brown Award from US Federation of Fly Fishers

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 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, which popularised the term "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, the monthly Redstone Review, and a monthly column for The New York Times.[1]

Gierach was the 1994 recipient of the US 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]

John Gierach's Archival Collection can be found at Montana State University,[3] as well as an oral history conducted by MSU pertaining to Gierach's life as an angler and an angling writer. [4]

Selected bibliography[edit]

Sole works[edit]

  • Signs of Life (1977)
  • Fly-fishing the High Country (1984)
  • Trout Bum (1986)
  • The View from Rat Lake (1988)
  • Fly-fishing Small Streams (1989)
  • Sex, Death, and Fly-Fishing (1990)
  • Where the Trout Are All as Long as Your Leg (1991)
  • Even Brook Trout Get the Blues (1992)
  • Dances with Trout (1994)
  • Another Lousy Day in Paradise (1996)
  • Fishing Bamboo (1997)
  • Standing in a River Waving a Stick (1999)
  • Good Flies: Favorite Trout Patterns and How They Got That Way (2000)
  • Death, Taxes, And Leaky Waders: A John Gierach Fly Fishing Treasury (2000)
  • At the Grave of the Unknown Fisherman (2003)
  • The Fly Fishing Anthology (2004, contributor with Mallory Burton and Ernest Hemingway)
  • Still Life with Brook Trout (2005)
  • Fool's Paradise (2008)
  • No Shortage of Good Days (2011)
  • All Fishermen are Liars (2014)
  • A Fly Rod of Your Own (2017)
  • Dumb Luck and the Kindness of Strangers (2020)

Co-authored with A.K. Best[edit]

  • 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. Archived from the original on 2010-03-13. Retrieved 2010-03-30.
  2. ^ "Federation of Flyfishers Awards-Past Recipients". Archived from the original on 2010-06-20. Retrieved 2010-03-30.
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