Reflections of an Aging Angler
John C. Pierce
BOOK DETAILS6" x 9" Paperback • 200 Total Pages • B&W Illustrations
ABOUT THE BOOK
Every essay in Nice Trout says something about fishing and my experiences with it, but I think I am trying to take on some more general, metaphoric questions, and leaving behind some, but not all, of the personal ones that produced the earlier essays. … I hope the essays that follow here will have some “meaning” for those who read them. Will you say, “Yeah, I’ve had that experience,” or “Well, that’s not how it worked for me.” Either way, though, my goals are both personal and external. I hope that I have been able to continue to refine my own understanding of my own life, to become more mindful of how I got to where I am and how where I am continues to guide me forward. I also hope that I am able to provide some common context for others who confront the same kinds of lives.
I find that I often have used the word “hope.” It’s both a great part of my personal life, and central to my sense of the future. I am in my 70s, and I “hope” to see my children and grandchildren mature into full bloom. But it strikes me also how this hope accompanies me on my fishing trips for “nice trout.” No more do I long (hope) for big fish, or for huge numbers of fish, or even for beautiful fish. Instead, I hope for a sense of communion and connection with the context in which I fish. That longing to which I now have arrived is not so simple, it seems. There are nice trout in the streams I fish, even if I do not catch them. Those trout are nice because what makes them that way provides me with another guidepost, another standard or benchmark by which to measure my own life.
--John Pierce (From the Preface)