“Somebody behind you, while you are fishing, is as bad as someone looking over your shoulder while you write a letter to your girl.“
"You can't say enough about fishing. Though the sport of Kings, it's just what the deadbeat ordered."
~ Thomas McGuane
"As no man is born an artist, so no man is born an angler"
~ Izaak Walton
"Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it."
"Things fishermen know about Trout aren't facts, but articles of faith."
~ John Gierach
"There’s always a hot new fly. Precious few of these patterns are genuine breakthroughs destined to last for a hundred years, but more often they’re idle comments on existing traditions, explorations of half-baked theories, attempts to use new and interesting materials, to impress other tiers, or excuses to rename old patterns. The results are often pointless fads like the craze in some pretentious restaurants of plopping fried quail eggs on everything or calling sandwiches “paninis.”"
"I might be wrong, but I doubt it."
"A poor man can afford only the very best."
"The greatest enemy of 'good' is 'better'"
"Many go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after."
~ Henry David Thoreau
"The solution to any problem -- work, love, money, whatever -- is to go fishing, and the worse the problem, the longer the trip should be."
"Never leave fish to find fish."
"I frankly don't make much of a living, but I make a hell of a life."
"Be patient and calm - for no one can catch fish in anger."
"A Master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both."
~Francois Auguste Rene Chateaubriand
"The great charm of fly-fishing is that we are always learning."
"If I fished only to capture fish, my fishing trips would have ended long ago."
"Pole far enough and the fish will find you."
"You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take."
"I go fishing not to find myself but to lose myself "
"There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of mind."
~ Washington Irving
"Listen to the sound of the river and you will get a trout."
"The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope."
~by John Buchan
"When you're going through hell, keep going."
~ Art Walker
"Angling may be said to be so like the mathematics that it can never be fully learnt"
"The man who coined the phrase "Money can't buy happiness", never bought himself a good fly rod!"
"To go fishing is the chance to wash one's soul with pure air, with the rush of the brook, or with the shimmer of sun on blue water. It brings meekness and inspiration from the decency of nature, charity toward tackle-makers, patience toward fish, a mockery of profits and egos, a quieting of hate, a rejoicing that you do not have to decide a darned thing until next week. And it is discipline in the equality of men - for all men are equal before fish."
"Take care of the fish, and the fishing will take care of itself."
Testament of a Fisherman
"I fish because I love to; because I love the environs that trout are found, which are invariably beautiful,
and hate the environs where crowds of people are found, which are invariably ugly; because of all the
television commercials, cocktail parties and assorted social posturing I thus escape; because, in a world
where most men spend their lives doing things they hate, my fishing is at once an endless source of
delight and an act of small rebellion; because trout do not lie or cheat and cannot be bought or bribed or
impressed by power, but respond only to quietude and humility and endless patience; because I suspect
that men are going along this way for the last time, and I for one don’t want to waste the trip; because
mercifully there are no telephones on fishing waters; because only in the woods can I find solitude without
loneliness; because bourbon out of an old tin cup tastes better out there; because maybe someday I will
catch a mermaid; and, finally, not because I regard fishing as being so terribly important but because I
suspect that so many other concerns of men are equally unimportant -- and not nearly so much fun"
~Robert Traver. 1964