100th Sporting Life

100th Sporting Life column appears in July/October 2008 issue, in a special feature layout.

Close to Home
Author John Gierach and guide, artist and illustrator Bob White mark their 100th column together in Fly Rod& Reel's July/October 2008 issue, which is on sale now. Their first collaboration was in July 1988, when Bob illustrated John's article in the magazine, titled "East Big Fish."

For almost two decades, the back-page column Sporting Life has rated one of the most popular sections of the magazine. In that time, John Gierach has been the top-selling fly-fishing author, known and loved for such books as Sex, Death, and Fly-Fishing, Flyfishing the High Country and many other books. He was born in the Midwest and after graduating from Findlay College, moved West and began fly-fishing. He settled near the St. Vrain River near the small town of Lyons, where he lives to this day.

How Sporting Life came to be: After Lee Wulff's death in 1991, the editors at Rod& Reel (as the magazine was then called) asked John to write the magazine's closing, back-page column, and Bob White was asked to illustrate it. Their first regular collaboration, Sporting Life, was published in March of 1992.

The illustration for the 100th column is a painting of John fishing his home water in Colorado, and is titled "Close To Home." The issue with the 100th collaboration has just shipped to subscribers and newsstands and this is the first time the image has been released. You can also order the issue here, and subscribe. To see all of the Sporting Life paintings, and for more of Bob White's work, go to www.whitefishstudio.com.