John Gierach

Fly Fisher/Fly Tier/Author

John Gierach is a freelance writer living in northern Colorado. He is the author of twenty-one books including Trout Bum, Sex, Death and Flyfishing, Standing in a River Waving a Stick and A Fly Rod of Your Own - some of which have also been published in Norway, Japan and France - as well as numerous magazine articles, essays and columns.

He is a regular columnist for The Redstone Review in Lyons, Colorado and was the outdoor correspondent for the Longmont Daily Times-Call newspaper in Longmont, Colorado for twenty-eight years and a columnist for Fly Rod & Reel magazine for 25 years. His column now appears quarterly in Trout Magazine.

Gierach is the recipient of the Arnold Gingrich Angling Heritage Award from the Theodore Gordon Flyfishers of New York, the Federation of Fly Fishers Roderick Haig-Brown Award, and the PEN New England Cerulli Award for Excellence in Sports Writing. He was named Fly Rod & Reel Magazine’s Angler of the Year in 2000, was inducted into the Fly-Fishing Hall of Fame at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum in 2015 and won the National Outdoor Book Award for Outdoor Literature in 2017. He has received awards for his columns and editorials from the Colorado Press Association.


Motel Thought in the 70s - Lodestar Press (poetry) – 1976 – out of print
Signs of Life - Cherry Valley Editions (poetry) – 1977 – out of print
Flyfishing the High Country - Pruett Publishing - 1984
Trout Bum - Pruett Publishing - 1986
The View From Rat Lake - Pruett Publishing - 1988
Fly Fishing Small Streams - Stackpole Books - 1989
Sex, Death and Flyfishing - Simon & Schuster - 1990
Where the Trout Are All As Long As Your Leg - Lyons Press - 1991
Even Brook Trout Get The Blues - Simon & Schuster - 1992
Dances With Trout - Simon & Schuster - 1994
Another Lousy Day In Paradise - Simon & Schuster - 1996
Fishing Bamboo - Lyons Press - 1997
Standing in a River Waving a Stick - Simon & Schuster - 1999
Death, Taxes and Leaky Waders - Simon & Schuster - 2000
Good Flies - Lyons Press - 2000
At the Grave of the Unknown Fisherman - Simon & Schuster - 2003
Still Life with Brook Trout - Simon & Schuster – 2005
Fool’s Paradise – Simon & Schuster – 2008
No Shortage of Good Days – Simon & Schuster – 2011
All Fishermen are Liars – Simon & Schuster - 2014
A Fly Rod of Your Own – Simon & Schuster - 2017


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