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If John Gierach is living in a fool's paradise, then it's a paradise that his regular readers will recognize and new fans will delight in discovering. Laced with the inimitable blend of wit and wisdom that have made him fly-fishing's foremost scribe, Fool's Paradise chronicles the fishing life in all its glory (catching your biggest fish ever) and squalor (being stranded i ...more
ebook, 224 pages
Published May 6th 2008 by Simon & Schuster
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Don
This is another noteworthy book in the Gierach series. His stories in "Trout Bum" and "Sex, Death, and Fly-Fishing" got me hooked years ago, and I am happy to see he is still producing an occasional book.
His fishing advice is always good but more important for me is to try and emulate his fishing philosophy. If you fish you will enjoy his books.
Mike Prochot
I like John Gierach’s writing. I have read most if not all of his books. Some are more instructional than others, but they all follow a similar formula – a collection of not necessarily related and not necessarily progressing stories, numbered as chapters, about experiences John has had while on, or going to, or coming from, or planning for, or decompressing from, or planning to go on, fishing trips (well, and maybe a tiny bit of hunting). Most of the stories include one or more of a usual cast ...more
Doug
Dec 05, 2008 Doug rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Outdoor Enthusiasts
Easily the greatest fishing writer of our time. I don't fly fish, but every time I pick up one of Mr. Gierach's books, I want to...Not only that I feel like I should, like I'm less of a person if I don't.

I don't feel this way because I think Gierach has some sort of 'holier than though' fishing complex. I feel this way because every time he writes about stepping on a river whether it's a river in the middle of winter or the summer on a small pond chasing large mouth bass and musky, it feels magi
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Jim
May 11, 2011 Jim rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: persons interested in fly fishing
This is the third book I've read by Gierach, and so I'm getting used to his writing style. I don't think this is a bad book; I just don't think it is a very good one. That's my complaint with all of his books that I've read. I guess you could say he is consistent.

There are parts of the book that shine, that show insights into the collective trout-fishing-with-a-fly body politic that are quite good. In fact, he did manage to get me to laugh out loud on at least one occasion, which is an accompli
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Ron Patch
Another great read from John.
Larry Harbison
Jun 16, 2008 Larry Harbison rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys the outdoors.
Recommended to Larry by: Stephen Woodcock
A book (an autographed first edition gift from friend, fly fishing mentor and guide Stephen Woodcock) I hated to finish because I enjoyed it so much. I learned a little bit more about a sport than requires continual learning.
Bryon
I really enjoyed this book. I don't know much about fly fishing but now I really have to get out there and give it a go. It's a nice easy read for a rainy day, plus you might learn a thing or two.
Sam
Another John Gierach gem. He is my favorite fly fishing author. Instantly readable.
Jared
good essays about fly fishing, pretty laid back read.
Jak
I should have highlighted many parts of this book.
Peter
Good writer muses about fishing and life.
David Holloway
Great writing about fishing and the outdoors.
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