These five new quotes are numbered 1286 – 1289, and all 1289 quotes with more info about them can be found here.
“I distrust experts in general and fishing experts in particular.”
– W.D. Wetherell
“Anticipating drag and dealing with it before the fact is one of the factors that distinguishes those people who always seem to catch more trout than the rest of us.” – Tom Rosenbauer
“Sometimes, concentrating on some deeply undercut bank, if you were lucky you could catch a glimpse of something dark and larger than anything your imagination could conjure.” – Nick Lyons
“The first and last object of the fly-fisher is to show as much of the fly to the fish as possible, and as little of everything else.” – Francis Francis (Yes that is his name)
“Fly fishing is a healthy antisocial sport, and many of us have an emotional investment in being misunderstood because it makes us feel strange and brilliant, like Van Gogh.” – John Gierach
These five quotes are numbers 1281 – 1285. All 1285 quotes can be found here.
“A fish story needs no apology. And no affidavit or string of affidavits can add anything to its credibility.” – David Jordan
“It is perfectly true that good fishing is not all luck. But it is just as true that there is no good fishing without some luck.” – Roderick Haig-Brown
“There don’t have to be a thousand fish in a river; let me locate a good one and I’ll get a thousand dreams out of him before I catch him–and if I catch him, I’ll turn him loose.” – Jim Deren
“Fishing, for many, is an indispensable connection to earth and life, and it matters little that the multitude that practices it is incapable of translating its ambiguities to another idiom.” – Thomas McGuane
“Fish quietly. The silence of wilderness is too beautiful to miss.” – NA
Been a bit quiet since I found out just over a year ago that Bladder Cancer had got its hook into me. So the medics and I have spent quite a bit of time trying to persuade it to take up Catch and Release. Right now things appear to be at a stalemate, so I thought a few more fishy quotes would be in order.
"If you had to choose between marriage and fishing – would you pick freshwater or saltwater" Number 1276
"I don’t go fishing to escape my life; I go fishing to live my life." Number 1277
"Fishing is like that. It keeps you off balance, surprises you. It takes humility to learn, to accept that you may need a lesson or two even in your advanced stage of enlightenment." Kevin Nelson, Number 1278 (Even at 72, a new day a new lesson or two. – Bish)
"I go fishing, because without it, I’m basically a 2-year-old whose blankie is in the washer." Number 1279
"Brown trout, speckled cunning, a fox with fins" Martin Simpson, Number1280
Explore all 1280 quotes, sayings and silliness around fishing, here.
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
It has been a while I know but to quote John Lennon “Life happens while you are making other plans.” But here, at last, are fishing quotes numbers 1266 – 1270.
“I have never tied a perfect pattern. Every fly has an antic disposition, an errant fiber, or faulty wrap.” Darrel Martin
“The greatest sight in fishing is the hole where the popping bug used to be.” 84-year-old Florida fishing guide, quoted by Guy de la Valdene
“It is the fisherman’s way, exploring, and I shall follow such slim promises until I follow no more trails at all.” Nick Lyons
“Truth can be a slippery notion for anglers who have traditionally been exempt from precise accuracy.” Henry Hughes
“Soon he was in the regular rhythm of it: cast-and-retrieve, step down, cast again. With each movement, he felt more of the week’s accumulated stress ease out of him, and his spirits rose accordingly.” Steve Raymond
See all 1270 quotes, quips, sayings, wit, and a little wisdom
on the subject of those who fish, fishing, fish, tackle, boats, rivers, lakes and sea.
So, five more keen observations on the world of fishing and fishermen, enjoy. Total quotes now 1265.
“I only make movies to finance my fishing.” – Lee Marvin
“The tides control every sea-run cutthroat addict. Each beach is different—some fish best on the rising tide, while others fish best on the falling tide. Learning all this takes some time, but it’s not brain surgery—and this life of living with the tides carries the pulse and music of the planet.” – Chester Allen
“A great lie is like a great fish on dry land; it may fret and fling and make a frightful bother, but it cannot hurt you. You have only to keep still, and it will die of itself.” – George Crabbe
“Under the right conditions, you can watch a big trout take a fly under—a hundred feet away—and track its radiating waves until they lap against your canoe like a friendly cat” – Peter Shea
“Anger was washed away in the river along with any obligation.” – Ernest Hemingway
See all 1265 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.