Graced by Waters: Personal Essays on Fly Fishing and the Transformative Power of Nature

By John Dietsch

Through an inspirational and humorous collection of essays, this book explores our connection to the outdoors through the prism of fly fishing and investigates its transformative and healing power in the face of loss. 6x9 inches, 224 pgs.


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In this inspirational and humorous collection of essays, author John Dietsch sees his addiction to and passion for fishing as a parable that can help us shift from compulsive thinking to mindfulness and a closer connection to God. From creating fishing scenes on the set of A River Runs Through It in Montana, to directing fly fishing shows in New Zealand and from exploring deep canyons in California to guiding in Colorado, John shares his experiences and asks the question: what are we really fishing for? Through John’s journeys across the globe, we discover that the same pursuit in fishing—of what is elusive but attainable—can be applied to our own spiritual journey. In the end, Dietsch uncovers his own truth under the rocks of a childhood river, recognizing the loss of both his brothers as the path of acceptance and faith that is graced by waters.

John Dietsch
is an award-winning writer, producer, director, talent, and consultant on hundreds of film and television shows focusing on the outdoors, travel, and fly fishing. As a life coach, teacher, TV personality, Aspen Colorado guide, and host of fly fishing trips across the globe, John helps his clients and students follow their passion by connecting with nature. Dietsch is perhaps best known in fly fishing circles for his supervision, doubling, and stunt work on the fly fishing scenes for the Oscar-winning film A River Runs Through It. John’s first book and co-author byline, Shadowcasting, won a Colorado Book Award. His TV and film productions have garnered more than twenty-three awards, including a Telly. Graced by Waters is Dietsch’s first collection of stories to celebrate and explore his spiritual connection to waters and the natural world. John is blessed by his beautiful wife Mollie and two adult children, John Jr. and Sarah Elizabeth. Their home is in Pacific Palisades, California.


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