Fine, sweetly written essays on the sport and art of fly- fishing, by a writer who thinks of himself as ``a reporter rather than an expert.'' A Colorado outdoorsman, Gierach (Sex, Death, and Fly-Fishing, 1990) views fly-fishing as ``a healthy antisocial sport'' that ``has become a highly refined ritualistic food-gathering technique in which damned little food gets gathered.'' Gierach fishes everything from glamour spots like the Kenosha Trout Club, where aficionados use thousand-dollar, custom-made bamboo rods, to simple farm ponds stocked because ``something in the collective rural American consciousness...abhors a fishless body of water.'' After trout, the author also wets an occasional fly primarily for bluegill, bass, and—sacrilege amongst purists—gar and northern pike.
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