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Happy Monday Birthday Thomas McGuane

| December 11, 2017

Good Monday Morning to you all! To say the world is frazzled just doesn’t do the frenetic pace justice these days … but today is Thomas McGuane’s birthday, and at the ripe young age of 78-years, I do hold out hope that I will find myself alive and well at his age.

For those unacquainted with McGuane, he is very nearly the antithesis of diarist John Gierach in his writing style. [ppw id=”183910827″ description=”Reading and Writing” price=”.25″]

Yeah, I read both, but I guess I am old enough to have my preferences — and crazy enough to express them in a public forum. Heck, PC’s done nothing for me, that much is certain.

If you are seeing holes in the timeframe of posts, fly outings and such; that is because we just finished our largest and most successful ever “Leslie’s Backyard Holiday Art Show” last Saturday (no fly guys showed up with the secret password by the way), and today begins a short run “Pop-Up Shop” in Downtown Denton, Texas. Throw that together with a 32-hour-three-day work weekend for yours truly, and now you’re getting it? … the big picture.

Texas turned downright cold last week and the folks along the coast were freaked by the snow show from Corpus Christi, all the way up to Houston, Texas. I am still shaking my head because we had no snow here in North Texas – simply amazing. AND we are in a full-on burn ban here in Denton County, and yes, a full on drought once again. I, for one, am very happy for the salt to have a winter cold snap. THAT IS normal, and I believe the fish need NORMAL.

I’ll say it once again: The only place that does not get drought? Saltwater. They can suffer in other ways from the lack of freshwater intake, but there’s always water on the salt. Are you getting the picture of the future yet?

I had enough time to talk with people I trust about the state of the Art State over the weekend, and specifically how the internet has changed flavors so clearly this year. Folks have gone from the ease (sickness) of Facebook (and its fake news), to even shorter formats – Instagram. Now, you know I never miss the opportunity to drop my year of membership to social media, but I am pretty much moved on past Instagram as a venue – especially since it has been corrupted this year by the “likers” who don’t look at actual images, but try and entice a “like-for-like” response from other “Instagrammers.” Instagram is corrupted, and therefore pretty much an illegitimate format. I only “like” things I look at, and that hurts my standings of course.

No, we’re headed into long form in 2018 – the Loooooong Form. From the continuing challenges of YouTube, and over to a new-again interest in Podcasting that I am taking on as the ultimate challenge: painting a story in the mind’s eye, but keeping it technically easy and easy access and easy listening. Those are huge challenges, by the way. AND we will move into live broadcasting in 2018, simulcasting actually, any fixed reporting from the Fly Bar as well as any other opportunity that lends itself to the Periscope or Snapchat world (once again out in front of the fly fishing powers that be).

Have a great week, and feel free to call me if you are interested in truly unique gift shopping here in Denton, Texas! I will be working at the Pop-Up Shop several hours on weekdays, so come on by. Our hours are such that you can get off work in DFW, and come up here for shopping and a meal out in Downtown Denton, Texas. This shop will close just after Christmas, and the hours will get shorter right at Christmas, so make your plans and call me if you need more information!


All Fishermen Are Liars by John Gierach

| April 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

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We gotta’ do what we gotta’ do to keep gas in the tank, and flies in the box. Gierach has a pretty solid gig as a prolific documentarian of his fly life. It’ll be interesting to see if he writes about the epic flooding that hit his cherished local water in Lyons, Colorado.

As “fly establishment” as he is, I’ll give him his due for releasing this new tome All Fishermen Are Liars” on April 15. I don’t think it’s because of the full blood moon.

Fly Fishing Book Review – “No Shortage of Good Days”

| January 3, 2012 | 0 Comments

I waited awhile before purchasing John Gierach’s latest book, “No Shortage of Good Days”, because when it comes to books, it’s time to pinch some pennies. My patience was rewarded when the book appeared as an available purchase on iBooks – the application (app) that comes with iPads.

And it was the very first book I pulled the trigger on and purchased. Let me just say that if you are hesitating to purchase one of these new “e readers” – don’t. The upside list is long; take your library everywhere (not just a single book or magazine), read easily in low light, enlarged print and saving trees are just the pluses that come off the top of my head. Now, it’s up to you to choose the reader that’s right for you, and there can be huge discrepancies in book pricing, and I don’t know if other readers allow you to read from other services like Apples iPad (I can download Kindle and Amazon books via those apps).

Electronic reading is simply fantastic from a physical perspective if nothing else. Large print, and logical lighting of the page, give me the ability to read at a much faster pace than anything I’ve ever tried on the paper printed page. It’s amazing and energizing to read this new pace.


I make no claims of being a literary critic. I have been published, and therefore am a professional writer – on occasion. I am addicted to fly fishing literature just as I am addicted to fly fishing. My library overflows, and if you are ever looking to jump start your paper library, and are near Denton, Texas, be sure to check the most extensive collection of used fly fishing books in North Texas at Recycled Books on the Square in Downtown Denton, Texas.

There are fly fishers who write, and there are writers who fly fish. Both are valuable, and insightful in their own ways. Gierach is a fly fisher who writes, and he’s been writing successfully for quite a while now. Rather than mull over his large volume of work, I’ll just tell you what makes his latest worthwhile. In “No Shortage” Gierach spins more interesting yarns about things that happen off the water, be it travel arrangements for book tours, invitations to cull cutthroat from real estate development ponds, or comment on the human condition ten years in to the new millennium. Gierach, puts it all in a social time capsule with the chapter on a friend that, rather than face the SEC, loaded a new Italian shotgun and killed himself when they came calling. And it’s difficult not to think him a fortune teller when he quotes the Chinese proverb, “When the water is high, the fish eat the ants. When the water is low, the ants eat the fish.” How prescient is that?

I’ve been to Gierach’s bamboo shop in Lyon’s and smelled that rare air, and been on the streets of Lyons before they were “Californicated” like so much within bus range of Boulder, but an insider I’m not. So while Gierach does give some detail of locations he fishes, he is mostly coy like so many fly fishermen are. That’s how it is with fishers who write, and I don’t know how many books he sells, but he probably could cause at least a small stampede if he revealed too much. At some point, book after book, it does get dangerously close to a writing crutch though.

Writers who fish tend to overwhelm their descriptions of fish and locations so much with their peripheral vision, that fishing is often incidental to the writing. That’s not Gierach, and that’s just as good a compliment as being a writer who fishes. You’re not after “that vision thing” if you’re into Gierach, you’re into getting a good soft-core fishing fix, and in this case some more interesting social commentary and insights into the life of a successful fly fishing writer. Get “No Shortage of Good Days”,
and read it during an indoor weekend – you’ll enjoy it. If you are familiar with his waters, you’ll love it.

Welcome To My New Addiction

| December 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

iPad for fly fishing reading - dump your paper books and magazines
Being a photographer by profession, necessarily makes me a gadget freak. There’s just no escaping it, and it’s often a bleeding edge on which I tread. And I have been on the Apple bandwagon since about 1995, when I had to go across the Square (I had a studio/living space on the Square in Downtown Denton, Texas) to borrow my friend Karl Schindler’s computer and printer to do something – on an almost nightly basis. Karl was in the music program at UNT and working on creating his compositions and printing the sheets for them. This was only two years after I created my first website, but way before the full blown revolution we photographers find ourselves in today.

After working for my wife’s business www.cimarrona.com at a recent hugely successful show in Deep Ellum, I was paid handsomely and it took a matter of hours until that money burned a ghastly hole in my pocket and fell right through into a cash register, “One iPad, 32-gig in white please.” Why white you would ask? To reflect the Texas heat wherever it goes this coming year – of course.

Now, just like all these pad things coming out, the iPad is merely the syringe that delivers the drug, and I am hooked. Within a couple of hours I had John Gierach’s latest book “No Shortage of Good Days,” and rolled the dice on Henry Winkler’s new tome “I’ve Never Met an Idiot on the River” as well. The Fonz’s book was priced at a low risk price (7.96 at Amazon), so why not? Was that the end of it? Heck no. To the magazine rack I go.

If you have been to my place, you know I occupy the back porch with two, and sometimes three dogs. That’s where the fly tying, cycling, fly rod storing man cave-ish existence is for me. It’s a good life, but a cluttered one, with magazines – lots and lots of magazines, filtering dog hair out of the air and in between slick pages. So as sentimental as I am about paper (photographic prints, books and magazines), I cut the cord to paper magazines by purchasing a new subscription to “Saltwater Fishing Magazine,” and am just waiting for others to expire.

There is this huge upside that is the crux of this observation – these darn books and magazines are many times easier to read. They also go with you wherever you go without taking up any space. Both of these plus column factory were unexpected, but now I am a complete addict. The books, like Gierach’s, are so much easier to read that I find myself blazing through them at many times the normal reading speed. The magazine contents include extremely sharp text and photographs that are stunningly reproduced. It’s a whole new world.

The next phase is to start lobbying the publications we like most, “Southwest Fly Fishing,” “Drake Magazine,” “Fly Rod and Reel,” “Texas Saltwater Fishing” and ________ (you fill in the blank) for their publications to go digital as well. Saltwater Fly Fishing is already digital, and you can bet once my subscription to that expires, I’ll never buy another paper copy – period, paragraph.

I am definitely not saying the iPad is the only reader out there, and the new Amazon “Fire” looks good up close as well, but the navigation is intuitive just like all Apple products (some would call it “elementary” or “childish”), and that’s how I have always liked my hardware – hit the button and go. There’s enough complications in the world that if I can simplify something like reading, I am on board for that. How about you?

NOTE – I’ll be removing ads for paper books at Amazon from the site. I will also let you know when any of the unique books in my store are converted to digital offerings. Expect a few book reviews sooner rather than later!

John Gierach – No Shortage of Good Days

| May 24, 2011 | 0 Comments

John Gierach must know something we don’t.

If he has no shortage of good days, then he stands out among the majority of Americans today. I can’t wait to hear what he has to say in his continuing monologue of observations about fly fishing. Gierach simply isn’t for everybody, and I have found him a bit difficult at times, but all-in-all he’s a fly fishing writer who shouldn’t be passed up, especially in the desert that is new literature on fly fishing.

I can’t wait to find out what days he’s talking about, but if I took every day of fly fishing in a typical year, say 150, I would have to agree that in those 150 days, there was “No Shortage of Good Days.”

Feel free to order your copy of his new book here –

If you happen to be in the area of Rocky Mountain Anglers, the “nice fly shop” in Boulder Colorado, be sure to attend his book signing this Saturday, May 28th.

John Gierach Book Signing at Rocky Mountain Anglers Boulder Colorado