For John Gierach, "the master of fly-fishing" (Sacramento Bee), fishing is always the answer - even when it's not clear what the question is.
In All Fishermen Are Liars, Gierach travels around North America seeking out quintessential fishing experiences, whether it's at a busy stream or a secluded lake hidden amid snow-capped mountains. He talks about the art of fly-tying and the quest for the perfect steelhead fly ("The Nuclear Option"), about fishing in the Presidential Pools previously fished by the elder George Bush ("I wondered briefly if I'd done something karmically disastrous and was now fated to spend the rest of my life breathing the exhaust of this elderly Republican"), and the importance of traveling with like-minded companions when caught in a soaking rain ("At this point someone is required to say, 'You know, there are people who wouldn't think this is fun'"). And though Gierach loses some fish along the way, he never loses his passion and sense of humor. Wry, contemplative, and lively - that is to say, pure Gierach - All Fishermen Are Liars is a joy to listen to-and, as always, the next best thing to fishing itself.
"Perceptive and witty...These lyrical essays explode with descriptions of beautiful places, big fish, and beautiful fish." (Booklist starred review)
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- Nate Basinger
Poor narration; author deserves better
Get a different narrator. Gierach is in the pantheon of fly-fishing authors and he deserves much better.
Chamberlain isn't a fly fisherman; in fact, I doubt if he has ever fished. No one would ever pronounce "lead" in the context used by any fisherman, as "leed." And his inflection and word emphasis is 'way off for this type of narration. He's clearly out of his element. His narration is so grating that it detracts from Gierach's laid-back writing style.