“In certain circles, it is rumoured that anciently there was a fly pattern that possessed such magical fish-catching mojo that no fish could resist its siren-esque call. A fly with material so secretive that it was said there existed only one source of it hidden high in the Andes of Patagonia on the testicles of a golden Guanaco. A fly pattern so powerful that any angler who should possess it was assured of 100 fish days and to whom women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano. ” #1306
“Keep them wet. Take the ego out of the shot. Then they are everyone’s fish that brings back a wonderful memory.” #1307
“I think the chief part of the ecstasy of fishing with the fly is to be found in the qualities of the fly rod, and if I am right in this, the more exquisite the rod the keener and more perfect the pleasure to be derived from the sport.” #1308
“In the mornings, when the grasses were still wet with a bright silver sheen and the antelope fled and the curlew flew ahead of us as we rattled along the rutted and pitted track across the benches down to the river, we always felt the nervous tingling of expectation.” #1309
“The sun never sets on the brown trout empire.” #1310
All 1310 quotations and sayings about fishing can be found here. You can also find author and publication details, where available.
Just posted 5 more fishy and pithy quotations and sayings – total now 1295. (New numbers 1291 – 1295)
“To say that it was all just a matter of catching fish would be like saying that astronomy is nothing more than noticing the stars.”
“If, as I suspect, trout fishing is something of a disease, then it is also something of a therapy in itself.”
“There’s only one thing wrong with a fishing day–its staggering brevity.”
“Perhaps it’s true, as Ecclesiastes claims, that nothing is new under the sun, but as the year turns toward another century, here’s hoping the pleasures and gifts that angling brings never end.”
“The line between religion and fly fishing is barely there anyway, and this is most obvious when it comes to proselytizing. I don’t ever start a conversation with the intent of making a convert, but it happens before I know it”
See all the quotes here:http://www.bishfish.co.nz/quotes/fishquotes2.htm
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!”
Five more fishing quotes and sayings, and the total rises to 1230, all available on the Quotes Page.
“Nothing in this world so enlivens my spirit and emotions as the rivers I know. They are necessities.” – Nick Lyons
“There is a cost to a fish being caught, even if it is promptly released.” – Paul Guernsey
“You did not kill the fish only to keep alive and to sell for food, he thought. You killed for pride and because you are a fisherman. You loved him when he was alive and you loved him after. If you love him, it is not a sin to kill him. Or is it more?” – Ernest Hemmingway
“You are killing me, fish, the old man thought. But you have a right to. Never have I seen a greater, or more beautiful, or a calmer or more noble thing than you, brother.”
– Ernest Hemmingway
“…buying a fly rod in the average city store, that is, joining it up and safely waggling it a bit, is much like seeing a woman’s arm protruding from a car window: all one can readily be sure of is that the window is open.” – Robert Travers
“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!”
“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”
“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…”
“ My wife and I were fishing with friend/guide Dean Whaanga in New Zealand when a combination of bad weather and good timing resulted in a fish giving us the experience of a lifetime. I crawled on my stomach with my camera to the water’s edge, hit record, and watched what was one of the coolest moments I have ever witnessed.”
It only runs for two and a bit minutes, but my guess is you will repeat view several times. Watch in HD and full screen.
This short but very clear video explains why it’s ok to up-line or down-line your rod depending on the distance you’re fishing. Use the rating on the rod as a guideline and find the line that suits YOU.
I was especially surprised by how little weight difference there is between fly-lines – how about the weight of a business card for one line type/weight.
Kirk Deeter, of Field &Stream, wonders whether the fishers of tomorrow are getting the right message.
“I gave another elementary school talk the other day, and was once again blown away by the enthusiasm 10-year-olds have for fishing. They asked many great questions, but there was a pattern that left me feeling concerned.
"Have you ever been attacked by a shark?" (Nope… but I’ve watched them jump and thrash when I’ve fought them on a fly rod, and I’ve had them brush against me when I’m scuba diving.)
Have you ever been bit by a rattlesnake? (No… but I am afraid of them, so I try really hard not to step on them.)
What fish scares you the most? (The trout that’s rising, and I cannot figure out how to catch it… I think I’m losing my mind.)
Have you ever seen a big fish kill anyone? (No, not any people. I’ve seen big fish eat little fish, and birds, and that sort of stuff.)
Have you ever been attacked by a "river monster?" (Not yet.)
Look, I get what the show "River Monsters" is all about…”