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Fishing Quotes

“There’s a reason they call it fishing and not catching.”

“Fishing not a matter of life and death – it’s much more important than that!”

“Even a bad day of fishing is better than a good day of work.”

“I spend most of my life fishing, the rest I just waste.”

“Work is for people who don’t know how to fish.”

~ Anonymous

“There’s no taking trout with dry breeches.”

~ Miguel de Cervantes

“Creeps and idiots cannot conceal themselves for long on a fishing trip.”

~ John Gierach

“Somebody just back of you while you are fishing is as bad as someone looking over your shoulder while you write a letter to your girl.”

~ Ernest Hemingway

“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.”

~ Herbert Hoover

“The gods do not deduct from man’s allotted span the hours spent in fishing.”

~ Herber Hoover

“There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of mind.”

~ Washington Irving

“Fly-fishing may be a very pleasant amusement; but angling or float fishing I can only compare to a stick and a string, with a worm at one end and a fool at the other.”

~ Samuel Johnson

“The traveler fancies he has seen the country. So he has, the outside of it at least; but the angler only sees the inside. The angler only is brought close, face to face with the flower and bird and insect life of the rich riverbanks, the only part of the landscape where the hand of man has never interfered.”

~ Charles Kingsley

“I have many loves and Fly-Fishing is one of them; it brings peace and harmony to my being, which I can then pass on to others.”

~ Sue Kreutzer

“If people concentrated on the really important things of life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.”

~ Doug Larson

“To him, all good things – trout as well as eternal salvation- come by grace, and grace comes by art, and art does not come easy.”

~ Norman Maclean from the book “A River Runs Through It”

“The Essentials of a Good Fly-Hook: The temper of an angel and penetration of a prophet; fine enough to be invisible and strong enough to kill a bull in a ten-acre field.”

~ G.S. Marryat

“The two best times to fish is when it’s rainin’ and when it ain’t.”

~ Patrick F. McManus

“Scholars have long known that fishing eventually turns men into philosophers. Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to buy decent tackle on a philosopher’s salary.”

~ Patrick F. McManus

“If fishing is interfering with your business, give up your business.”

~ Alfred W. Miller

“I am not against golf, since I cannot but suspect it keeps armies of the unworthy from discovering trout.”

~ Paul O’Neil

“There he stands, draped in more equipment than a telephone lineman, trying to outwit an organism with a brain no bigger than a breadcrumb, and getting licked in the process.”

~ Paul O’Neil

“Calling Fly-Fishing a hobby is like calling Brain Surgery a job.”

~ Paul Schullery

“Ours is the grandest sport. It is an intriguing battle of wits between an angler and a trout; and in addition to appreciating the tradition and grace of the game, we play it in the magnificent out-of-doors.”

~ Ernest G. Schwiebert, Jr.

“Many go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.”

~ Henry David Thoreau

“The best time to go fishing is when you can get away.”

~ Robert Traver

“O, sir, doubt not that Angling is an art; is it not an art to deceive a trout with an artificial fly?”

~ Isaak Walton

“Lo the angler. He riseth in the morning and upsetteth the whole household.
Mighty are his preparations.
He goeth forth with great hope in his heart – and when the day is far spent he returneth, smelling of strong drink, and the truth is not in him. “

~ Anonymous