Podcast: An Interview with Legendary Author John Gierach

Editor’s Note: Tom’s off filming episodes of Season 2 of “The Orvis Guide to Fly Fishing” TV show, so here’s a great podcast from the archives.

In this week’s podcast, I have the pleasure of chatting with John Gierach, probably the most popular fly-fishing writer in the world (based on the fact that all 18 of his books are still in print!) It’s likely that most fly fishers have read John’s work, but it’s a pleasure to hear his voice and some of his thoughts on today’s fly-fishing world.

In The Fly Box, we have some thought-provoking questions this week: whether it makes sense to use a loop knot on a dry fly, whether a three-turn blood knot is enough, how to keep a bass leader from twisting, another cool trick with a rubber band, how to keep your emergers floating properly in the surface film, how to catch freshwater drum, and what kinds of fly lines you need for fishing a Canadian lake in midsummer.

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Author John Gierach with a gorgeous arctic char.
Photo courtesy CD Clarke

12 thoughts on “Podcast: An Interview with Legendary Author John Gierach”

  1. I want to thank you for the interview with John Gierach, it was great to actually hear the authors
    voice and comments.

  2. Wow! First time listening to the podcast. Can’t wait to hear some of the other podcasts. Kudos!

  3. Thanks…so enjoyable to hear a legend….please do more in the same genre..call it a “legends series”

    How about Flip and or Lefty?

    Thomas Mcguane?



  4. I listened intently to your interview Tom and came away thinking you were unprepared. Mr. Gierach posted the sign “Gone Fishin'” and then did it. He has managed to capture with his writing the essence of ehat we all love about fly fishing. It would have been cool to hear more about where that well springs from.

  5. I too came away disappointed from this interview. Tom Rosenbauer is a nice guy and I like him but for christ sake this is John Gierach!!! I could have written a long list of specific, in depth questions for interviewing this man who is brimming with amazing stories and adventures. What a waste of an incredible opportunity. I got the feeling that Tom was preparing for his afternoon nap!

  6. Thank you for the interview with John Gierach. do you know and can you tell me what kind of sheath knife he carries? He mentions it in his books but never tells us the brand.

    Thank You

  7. It’s filed under non-fiction in our library. I’ve read it and as with all his books its the best alternative to fishing when you cant be on the water.

  8. I read a few of his books and they are repetitive, just a different place, time or fish. Then when he had the disparaging political comments in one of his books that was it for me. I don’t need that in my readings about the fishing life. It’s like watching Sunday football and the anti police stand and taking a knee. Or the woman’s soccer team with more of the same stuff.

  9. I appreciate the interview and learned some new things about John. While I too felt Tom wasn’t as prepared as he could have been, to be fair, it’s difficult to interview a celebrity.

    A tip for Tom and others, when interviewing a celebrity, dignitary or “expert,” never compare yourself to them or talk about yourself and your personal experiences. It’s rude and unprofessional.

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