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John Gierach breaks out an amazing episode in this one as he talks about how he came to become one of the greatest fly fishing writers in the world.  We also get into the hippie movement in the 60’s, death and Colorado Fly Fishing.

I could have gone for hours with John on this one but had to respect his time.  I’m excited to share a little perspective into the life, times, struggles and stories of the great John Gierach.


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Show Notes with John Gierach

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13:05 – John Shewey was on in episode 16 and talked about the process of writing and battling resistance.

15:55 – Thomas McGuane said as a writer, your only currency is your readership.  My currency is my guests as noted by John in this episode.

17:45 – Tim Rawlins was on the show in episode 27 to talk about Spey Casting.

19:55 – Trout Bum was one of John’s first books that he published.  He talks about how he has always just told stories.

22:45 – Roger Angel wrote for the New Yorker and wrote the essay This Old Man – John noted how amazing Roger described the hand pistol in the essay.

35:25 – Ed Engle and John McPhee are two big mentors for John.

35:55 – Draft No. 4 is a great book that John says everyone should read if you are interested in writing.


36:10 – Ak Best was a big mentor who helped John really get started early on.  Ak’s Fly Box was one of Ak’s biggest books.

38:00 – A Fly Rod of Your Own is John’s most recent book.  John describes a little about his writing style in the podcast.

41:00 – In episode 5 Jim Teeny noted the article on the throwing rocks on fish to move steelhead into place.  I noted the idea of throwing spoons out to get steelhead into range for the fly fisherman to catch it.  John didn’t recall what I was talking about but shared another great story.

1:19:20 – The Joe Rogan Podcast where the CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk,  smoked weed on live air.  I ask John if he would smoke in our episode today.

1:21:00 – The Beatles came out with the White Album partly due to a change in drug use.  I ask John the same question about his writing and whether there were changes before and after.

1:22:25 – The Parachute Hare’s Ear and a hares ear soft hackle behind it are his goto flies.

1:23:30 – Mary Alice Monroe tells a great story and a writer he follows along with Jim Harrison and Peter Mathison.


You can reach John at and find his upcoming books there.



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Resources Mentioned in this Episode

Trout Bum by John Gierach

A Fly Rod of Your Own

Draft No. 4 by John Mcphee


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Conclusion with John Gierach

I hope you enjoyed that episode with John Geirach as much as I did.  Did you catch the few times that I was completely surprised by John.  We went down a few rabbit holes unrelated to fly fishing including weed and the 1960’s.

But John also covered a bunch of topics related to the 20 great fly fishing books he has written over the years.

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