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Gierach on (What We'll Call) Small Creek Syndrome

By Tom Chandler 5/18/2011

Thirty-four pages into Gierach's No Shortage of Good Days we find one possible explanation for Small Stream Syndrome
(in my case, the wholesale absence of the rest of humanity enters into the equation).


"As it is, I feel that I fish my local creeks as well as anyone and better than most, and although that may or may not be true, so few people care that I can go on believing it in peace."


More from Gierach's latest book as it's consumed on this --- the first live-blogging of a Gierach book ever attempted on this blog.

Undergrounders, you're a part of history.

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Tom Chandler

As the author of the decade leading fly fishing blog Trout Underground, Tom believes that fishing is not about measuring the experience but instead of about having fun. As a staunch environmentalist, he brings to the Yobi Community thought leadership on environmental and access issues facing us today.

[...] Small stream syndrome [...]
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Tom Chandler: Your reactions to the book are awaited. I think it is the usual stuff. I'm only halfway through, but it feels like he's returning to the topics he hasn't written about the last couple books (when he suggested he'd essentially become a travel writer). Then again, I haven't finished the thing yet. I'm looking forward. Perhaps we're prone to underestimate just how good the guy is, ... more probably because, on the face of it, he writers "fishing books", only 2.47% of which are worth more than arse paper. I believe he's one of the very best writers alive or dead, about anything. I've debated -- with myself and often under the affluence -- whether he could or should go this way or that, but it's like carping that The Bard was formulaic. Okay, I'm stretching, but you dig my meaning. I think I'm quite excited. Jonny
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Jonny: Kinda pleased when he said: “it's The Usual Stuff” Your reactions to the book are awaited. I think it is the usual stuff. I'm only halfway through, but it feels like he's returning to the topics he hasn't written about the last couple books (when he suggested he'd essentially become a travel writer). Then again, I haven't finished the thing yet.
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Honestly, I think Gierach's writing is a little looser than before.
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I'm an English Major. Don't make me post a picture. It's ordered. Preparing for The Arrival. I asked the guy in The Shop Where It Must Be Purchased if it was "any good" (a throw-away question in the style of a bloke who's nervously anticipating something he wants quite badly while simultaneously sniffing for a waxy answer to validate his lust. Kinda pleased when he said: "it's The Usual Stuff"). Jonny
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Funny what reading Gierach does to me - a former English major making a living in finance for the past fifteen years. The first time I read the quote I laughed. The second time I thought, wow, Gierach's writing is getting a little loose, using well worn phrases like, "as well as anyone and better than most." The third time I read it I realized I was just jealous I hadn't written that line. Looking ... more forward to reading more... I think. Adrian
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I figure a quote a day is a pretty slick way to get John Gierach to guest blog for me, and for free at that. It's about time I discovered what the Internet is really all about.
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And I'm honored to be afforded the chance to deliver the first ever comment on this blog post of the first live-blogging of a Gierach book ever attempted on this blog. In fact, while it may be a bold assumption, you're probably safe claiming it's the first ever live blogging of a Gierach book. Maybe, even, any book. Who live blogs a book? Well, you, of course. But who else? Still waiting for my copy ... more of the book. I did order one which makes the wait meaningful. Waiting for a book you haven't ordered can be tedious. It's nice that you've spoiled it all for me. Or maybe you're just enhancing my reading experience. It's not yet clear. I must get some sleep at some point.
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