Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Standing in a River Waving a Stick

There's been a couple of posts about John Gierach's book "Fool's Paradise". I read it at the end of last year and thought it a great book. For Christmas last year, my wife bought me another of John Gierach's book "Standing in a River Waving a Stick". I just wanted to pass along, that this one is just as good as "Fool's Paradise". I recommend it to everyone.

Which brings me to the title of this post. Yesterday I had errands to run in Sacramento and decided to "Stand in a River an Wave a Stick" for a little while. The Steelhead thing. I spent an hour and a half swinging flies, but didn't even get a bump. What I did get, was a dog barking for an hour and a half, just across the river, in someone's back yard. I'll bet the neighbors love them. I'm destine to kill something. Either that guy from the November 25th post, the guy from the February 2nd post, or that dog. Ran into a couple of guys as I was leaving and they said the dog barked all day Sunday too. They were ready to kill it. OK, I'm not going to kill anything, but the urge is there.

I think I'm going to give up the Steelhead thing and go back to just fishing for trout in the lakes, rivers, and creeks. They are much more cooperative. OR, maybe I'll try Steelhead with spinning gear a couple of times, since I've already paid for the Steelhead Card (twice I might add) and see what happens. I am a glutton for punishment.

OK, check out John Gierach's book. Till the next adventure.

Mark (Shoreman)


  1. I think I've read everything Gierach has ever written. They are great tales to read over the winter.

    When I used to fish for steelhead, I never got completely caught up in it. I eventually caught a few, but never really dedicated myself to it - I just like small stream trout fishing more, I guess. Everyone eventually finds their middle ground, and mine is on a small stream with a 3 wt. in hand

    Now, if I could only find time to actually GET ON that small stream . . .


  2. You know, Joe, I worked my butt off for many years. It's only been since retirement that I've been able to get out as much as I do. Your time is coming.


  3. Thanks for the tip Shorman. I'll be on the lookout for the book.

    Best, JB

  4. The hard work makes it all the sweeter when you actually land that steelhead! Don't give up on it entirely. You've got the right idea. There is nothing better than catching a few fish (trout, bluegill or whatever) after getting skunked for a day or two. I will have to check out that book about waving sticks. I have always liked to wave sticks.

  5. Well, I am back on the blog commenting trail this evening. I haven't read all of Gierach's books, but, I know they are special! Hopefully, I will add it to my reading list.

    Fishing should be enjoyable for you for the most part, Shoreman. That killing stuff is just not you!

    Take care, my friend.

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  7. I haven't read that book ~ On my to get list!
    Ok, so the dog thing would drive me crazy and the urge to cause bodily harm would probably creep into my thoughts....

    Don't give up on those steelies! Your time will come, your time will come...