The View from Rat Lake. John Gierach.
The View from Rat Lake
The View from Rat Lake
The View from Rat Lake

The View from Rat Lake

New York: Pruett Publishing Company, 1988. First Edition. Hardcover. 6-1/8 x 9-1/4", 1/2 navy blue cloth, teal paper over boards, 193pp. Item #900729
ISBN: 087108743X

Signed by the author on the half-title. First Edition, First Printing.

In the world of fishing there are magic phrases that are guaranteed to summon the demon. Among them are: 'remote trout lake, ' 'fish up to 13 pounds, ' 'the place the guides fish on their days off, '" writes John Gierach in this wonderful collection of thirteen essays inspired by a fishing trip to Rat Lake, a remote body of water in Montana. Once again John Gierach does what he does best -- explain the peculiarities of the fishing life in a way that will amuse novices and seasoned fly fishers alike. The View from Rat Lake deftly examines man in nature and nature in man, the pleasures of fishing the high country, and the high and low comedy that occasionally overcomes even the best-planned fishing trip.

Some sage observations from The View from Rat Lake:

"One of the things we truly fish for [is] an occasion for self-congratulation."

"In every catch-and-release fisherman's past there is an old black frying pan."

"We...believe that a 12-inch trout caught on a dry fly is four inches longer than a 12-inch trout caught on a nymph or streamer.

Fine in near fine dust wrapper with a bit of rubbing to dust wrapper at flap fold front panel, in protective mylar.

Price: $100.00