They just keep coming – 5 more fishing quotations and sayings bring the total to 1215.

“Fly tying – The art of attaching feathers, fur, wool, and silk to a tiny hook to create artificial lures that imitate insects, a skill easily mastered by anyone who can peel a grape blindfolded with a pair of tweezers and a butter knife while wearing oven mitts.” – Number 1211

“Early on I decided that fishing would be my way of looking at the world. First it taught me to look at rivers.  Lately it has been teaching me how to look at people, myself included.” Thomas McGuane  – Number 1212

“In my opinion, fishing then becomes a mirror which reflects all of our being and our values in life – and in return our values determine how we fish. One goes into the other and the boundaries merge… Doing becomes being and being becomes doing; a magic circle with no beginning or end and our hearts always standing where they belong – directly in the centre.” Lani Waller -  Number 1213

“There is nothing so gone as a lost fish!” – Number 1214

“To say it was all just a matter of catching fish would be like saying that astronomy is nothing more than noticing the stars.” Harry Middleton – number 1215

See all 1215 here.

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Here we go again, five new pithy and fishy quotations and saying, bringing the total up to 1210.

“Celebrity chefs are the leaders in the field of food, and we are the led. Why should the leaders of chemical businesses be held responsible for polluting the marine environment with a few grams of effluent, which is sub-lethal to marine species, while celebrity chefs are turning out endangered fish at several dozen tables a night without enduring a syllable of criticism?”

- Charles Clover

“Fish,” he said softly, aloud, “I’ll stay with you until I am dead.”

- Ernest Hemingway

“It takes a man who is a thinker. To catch the big one, hook, line and sinker!”

- NA

“Floods of humanity, lakes of peace, rivers of gold, the tides of war; all we are and do is linked to the water of life.”

- David Mead

“As with a faint star in the night’s sky, one can better understand fishing’s allure by looking around it, off to the side, not right at it”

- Holly Morris

See all 1210 Fishing quotations and sayings…

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fly-ring

OK this is not about to be earth shattering, but I was looking for a way to hold flies securely, so I could “batch” process tasks i.e. adding UV cure resin, or head cement.

So I grabbed an old fly-line spool, joined the two halves together, put a blob of 5 minute epoxy regularly spaced around the outside edge, and added line-testers. Just one thing, make sure the  clip of the line tester is parallel to the edge of the spool.

Jobs done. ‘

Now I can hold the spool in one hand and do what I have to do to finish off the flies. It is also good for taking outside on a sunny day to get a really good UV resin cure.

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“I don’t remember when I first heard the phrase, but for a while now experienced fly fishers have been regaling new anglers with tales of “The Five Stages of Fly Fishing.” These are the levels we all go through at one point or another in our fly fishing careers; at least if we stick around long enough to move up the ladder…”

Nice article on the Hatch Magazine site, on  the five stages of fly-fishing – guess we all go through them or are going through them.

Mind you I am not sure that the five stages only apply to fly fishing – pretty sure they match all forms of fishing and fish.

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Just caught 5 more quotations and sayings about fishing, fish and fishers: Numbers 1201 – 1205. See all 1205 quotes here.

“When I take a fly out of my vise I nearly always say, ‘I can do better.’  And on every fly I tie, I honestly try to do that.”
- Charlie Craven

“… it takes several years of serious fishing before a man learns enough to go through a whole season with an unblemished record of physical and spiritual anguish.”
- Ed Zern

“Silently observing the water, choosing the right fly and the constant casting appeared to me like a certain form of choreography.”
- NA

“The river reflected whatever it chose of sky and bridge and burning tree, and when the undergraduate had oared his boat through the reflections they closed again, completely, as if they had never been. There one might have sat the clock round lost in thought. Thought –to call it by a prouder name than it deserved– had let its line down into the stream. It swayed, minute after minute, hither and thither among the reflections and the weeds, letting the water lift it and sink it until –you know the little tug — the sudden conglomeration of an idea at the end of one’s line: and then the cautious hauling of it in, and the careful laying of it out? Alas, laid on the grass how small, how insignificant this thought of mine looked; the sort of fish that a good fisherman puts back into the water so that it may grow fatter and be one day worth cooking and eating.”
- Virginia Woolf

“I do not know anything more beautiful in nature than the head-and-tailing trout.”
-  Harry Plunkett-Green

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Yea, I know it has been a little while since the last bag of fishing insight, comment and some  wisdom, but the total number of quotes is now up to 1200 and new stuff is getting harder to find. But I soldier on!

“The angling fever is a very real disease and can only be cured by the application of cold water and fresh, untainted air.” 1196
- Theodore Gordon

“Fishing provides time to think, and reason not to. If you have the virtue of patience, an hour or two of casting alone is plenty of time to review all you’ve learned about the grand themes of life. It’s time enough to realize that every generalization stands opposed by a mosaic of exceptions, and that the biggest truths are few indeed. Meanwhile, you feel the wind shift and the temperature change. You might simply decide to be present, and observe a few facts about the drifting clouds…Fishing in a plaons of life… I fish to scratch the surface of those mysteries, for nearness to the beautiful, and to reassure myself the world remains. I fish to wash off some of my grief for the peace we so squander. I fish to dip into that great and awesome pool of power that propels these epic migrations. I fish to feel- and steal- a little of that energy.” 1197
- Carl Safina The View from Lazy Point: A Natural Year in an Unnatural World

“There will be no end to angling controversies for there is no one best way for everyone to fish.”  1198
- Lee Wulff

“It (fishing) engages on so many levels: physically, mentally, even spiritually. You can make it to any level and it will never let you down. There is always more to explore or experience, whether you do it for a few days a year or months and months at a time.” 1199
- Derek Grzelewski Interview with Otago Daily Times

“The river is of the earth and it is free. It is rigorously embanked and bound, and yet it is free. "To hell with restraint," it says, "I have got to be going." It will grind out its dams. It will go over or around them. They will become pieces.” 1200
-  Wendell Berry

See all 1200 quotes and sayings here

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Why Does No-one Bow to a Trout Anymore?

by Tony Bishop on April 5, 2014

I recently noticed I was losing more hooked fish by way of broken leaders or hooks pulling out. Why? I checked the leader material I used and found no problem. Still tough as old boots and broke just over the line weight. No answers there.

Maybe it had something to do with today’s ultra fast-action rods? Rods I mostly used over the last ten years.

I think I am on to something. Here is why.

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Nymphing: Get Even More Hook-ups

by Tony Bishop on March 28, 2014

Hatch Magazine has a nice little article on allowing the nymph to swing at the end of a drift before picking it up for a re-cast. It is a tactic I have used for many years and have had great success with it.

“…The beginner nymph fisherman dutifully focuses on drag, drifting the fly through the water as long as he or she can prevent drag from setting in by mending the line, following the fly with the rod tip and so on. Once that battle is lost, and the fly starts to drag, most anglers will immediately lift the rod and recast. Instead, try this: once drag sets in, let the fly continue to drift downstream while stopping the line, allowing it to come tight. The nymph will swing around…”

Really worthwhile read.

Last second thought: Using nymphs with soft hackles (flymphs) or rubber legs  makes this technique even more successful.

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“Best time to go fishing – any time water is liquid.” #1191

“Water is peculiar stuff. It circulates mysteriously, rising invisibly from the sea as vapour, forming clouds, falling as rain, creating streams and rivers that return again to the sea. You can swallow it in sips, but it can swallow you whole if you fall into a deep place. You can’t catch hold of it, but it can catch hold of you, even if you just look at it” #1192

“The previous night, a warm, calm summer’s evening, Yates stepped out of his home in Dorset and sat with his rod by a pool until gone 2am. "When the line moved, there was a little blister on the surface of the water, lit by the moon. You think, ‘What is that?’ and it can be completely terrifying. Even after 50 years of fishing, that makes my heart stop. That’s my extreme fishing – getting into an intimacy with this unknown world and not knowing where it’s going to lead, and what apparition you will behold.” #1193

Quoting Chris Yates

“Fly-fishing is not difficult, but it is complex; there are a lot of small things that have to come together and unless they add up, nothing really happens in regards catching fish” #1194

Quoted in Otago Daily Times

“The truth is that trout fishermen scheme and lie and toss in their sleep. They dream of great dripping trout, shapely and elusive as mermaids, and arise cranky and haggard from their fantasies. They are moody and neglectful and all of them a little daft.  Moreover they are inclined to drink too much.” #1195

Robert Traver – Anatomy of a Fisherman

See all 1195 quotes here.

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European Nymphing Explained

by Tony Bishop on February 14, 2014

Excellent post on the Get Em Wet blog explaining in simple terms the various nymphing methods – Czech, Polish, French and Spanish.

Post includes basic leader constructions for each method, and basic fishing method.

Well worth the read.

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