More musings on fishing and fishermen – now 1275 in total.
“The first principle in all fishing is simple: never let the fish know he’s being fished for.” – Havilah Babcock (1271)
“The whole notion of trout fishing would not be so romantic if the trout did not win, too.” – Mark Rauschenberger (1272)
“I’ve never had all the flies I wanted, probably never will, and couldn’t carry them all if I did.” – John Gierach – Trout Bum (1273)
“Most fly patterns should be works in progress.” – Lou Tabory (1274)
“Confidence is the best lure in your tackle box.” – Gerald Swindle (1275)
Five new quotations and sayings on fishing, and anything to do with this pre-occupation or recuperation.
“Life is like fishing – you are rewarded for your constancy”
Paul Torday (from the wickedly funny ‘Salmon Fishing In The Yemen’)
“Sportsmen who elect to assume responsibility for ‘Controlling’ predators seem to me enormously presumptuous. They are saying in effect that the natural world is theirs and all that is in it…fortunately the angler is only a minor offender in these respects. He is almost by definition a close observer and the birds and mammals that follow the creeks and lakes to prey on fish are an integral part of the pleasure. It is obvious that even if he could by killing them the increase the number of fish available to him he would be reducing the total of his sport” Roderick Haigh-Brown
“Anytime you stand in the middle of the stream,” she said, “and you just get immersed in the water and in nature, and you see God’s gifts and goodness, you cannot not know there’s a Creator.” Sister Carol Anne Corley
“Fishing a small stream is a progression toward refinement and an act of faith that something will be revealed. The river teaches you how to fish it.” David Karczynski
“Streamers, tubes, muddlers – before this trip I used to think that fly-fishing is about pinning a bug on a hook.” Hoo Izit
You can see all 1275 quotes here
Kicking the New Year off with five more fishing quotations; total now 1260.
Fly fishing for trout is a sport that depends not so much on catching the fish as their mere presence and on the fact that you do, now and again, catch some.
– John Gierach Quote Number 1256
It’s a fact that trout can be awfully ignorant of fly fishing’s rich didactic history and all the rules we’ve invented to corroborate our theories of fish behavior
– Dave Karczynski Quote Number 1257
You can spend an hour or more working on a single trout. I do this regularly. If I catch him, I feel unnaturally elated. If I fail, I tip my cap to him. But it nags at me. I’ve got to believe I’m the one with the bigger brain.
– William G. Tapply Quote Number 1258
The shadow of sharks is the shadow of death, and they call forth dim ultimate fears. Yet there is something holy in their silence.
– Peter Matthiessen Quote Number 1259
The balance of probability, I think, leans to the theory that the trout is so obsessed by the pressure of appetite the he only sees what he wants to see – his supposed insect prey – and ignores the hook as an irrelevant detail, all of which goes to prove that the wily trout of the poets and journalists is – may Providence be devoutly thanked for it – really rather a stupid person.
– Skues Quote Number 1260
With the addition of 5 new fishing quotations today, the total has now reached 1255. That is an awful lot of wit and wisdom about fishing.
The first quote up today is a real favourite of mine, and in many ways sums up my basic philosophy about fishing.
“Most anglers spend their lives making rules for trout, and most trout spend their lives breaking them!” – George Ashton
“People hunt and fish for a thousand different reasons, but I suspect for many of us with feet planted in both indoor and outdoor realms, it should not be a case of either/or, but both/and.” – DeMott
“A sense of humor is the most valuable thing an angler can own.” – Jim Harrison
“Ninety percent of all fishing knowledge is local knowledge.” – Lefty Kreh
“More than half the time, a trout will refuse your fly not because the fly was wrong but because it was not behaving properly.” – Tom Rosenbauer
See all 1255 fishing quotations here.
Trout dying to get a good photo?
My Grip and Kill (GAK) article received a huge amount of support from the fishing community. Links to the article reached many hundreds and is still growing. Many out-takes from the article were, and are still, being published by a large number of sites, big and small. The article has been published, (by permission), in a great many fishing club newsletters, etc.
The GAK page blew my site bandwidth cap out the window, and if it was not for a friend in the business mirroring the page, I would have had to shut the site down for a while. Even today, the page receives over 200 – 250 unique visits, every day.
But of course, being on the Internet, GAK attracted a significant group of nay-sayers and doubters.
So I have written answers to the more rational doubts and this is in the side-bar of the original article.
More fishing goodness spilling from wise fishing heads: Total quotes now 1250.
“You can always tell a fisherman, but you cannot tell him much.”
Corey Ford (Number 1246)
“No human activity other than sex and murder has spawned more books than fishing. Many of them seem to bear out the truth of Humphrey’s observation. Luckily for those of us who love both fishing and reading, he exaggerated.”
William G Tapply (Number 1247)
““The literature of angling falls into two genres: the instructional and the devotional,” wrote William Humphrey in his satirical little novel My Moby Dick. “The former is written by fishermen who write, the latter by writers who fish””
William G Tapply (Number 1248)
“Moral: Humility and open-mindedness sometimes catch far more fish than all the wise guys.”
Robert Traver (Number 1249)
“There are hundreds of new streamer patterns the past decade with so many new choices of materials. Many of the newer patterns have eye appeal more for the tying community than the fish!”
Mac Brown (Number 1250)
See all 1250 quotes here.
More musings on the world of fishing and our place in it.
“I personally don’t happen to care a whoop for bass fishing or bass; in fact I loathe it and them; but I have no quarrel with the queer people who do, only a sort of bewildered pity.”
– Robert Travers (Num 1236)
“It is all about having a deep respect for nature, and then tricking nature into eating a plastic frog.” (Num 1237)
“There is no greater symbol of hope than an oversized fishing net.” (Num 2138)
“If we become conceited through great success, some day the trout will take us down a peg.”
– Theodore Gordon (Num 1239)
“Any time a professional fishing writer complains about his job, the world is rightfully licensed to kick his butt until he shuts up and realizes he isn’t exactly leading a life of quiet desperation out there on the Deschutes or the Tay or the Golfo Dulce.”
– James Babb (Num 1240)
See all 1240 quotes here.