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
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
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.
Five more fishing quotations and sayings hooked out of the river of words devoted to the sport we love. Total quotes now 1245, see them all here.
“Everybody should be quiet near a little stream and listen.” (1241)
“Everyone gets hung up in trees or stream-side brush. Everyone. Fly fishers who tell you different are either lying or never fish in those tricky places where the best fish lurk.” – Tom Rosenbauer (1242)
“I’d still consider them my favorite angling destinations. Elements contributing to a quality location are highly personal but, for me, mountains and wildness are essential. I like areas where humans vie with wolves and grizzlies for apex predator status. Places where logging hasn’t beaten back nature, where urbanity is nonexistent, and where rivers flow only through rocks, not concrete dams.” – Photographer Adam Tavender (1243)
“Even if you can’t cast very far, you can still catch a lot of fish, writes Chad Shmukler. “The anglers on the stream that aren’t throwing line farther than they need to are often the ones catching the most fish.”” – Chad Shmukler In a recent article on Hatch Magazine (1244)
“It is just as well to remember that angling is only a recreation, not a profession. We usually find that men of the greatest experience are the most liberal and least dogmatic.” – Theodore Gordon (1245)
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.
An excellent and deeply researched article on the MidCurrent site will provide answers to any and all questions you might have on the relevance of Ultraviolet light to fishing.
The money shot:
“He found that ultraviolet photographs of trout food looked “pretty much exactly the same as any other black and white photographs of the same subject.” He also went on to say that this was not surprising: “… trout food insects just simply don’t possess strong UV-reflectance patterns, and that trout are not likely to identify their food by looking for UV reflectance”.
… But for fly fishers, there seems to be no reason to elevate this trait to any significant status. For trout and a number of other species we target, ultraviolet-sensitive vision does not seem to be a component of the adult fish’s behavior, and it is especially unlikely to be an important part of the way they locate and identify their food.”
Read more here.
More insight and introspection on this recreational addiction of ours, which some call fishing. New quotes are numbers 1231 to 1235. See all 1235 fishing quotations and sayings here.
“The outdoor life pleased these old men because they believed any properly obsessed fly fisherman carried the rivers and trout inside him.”
– Harry Middleton
“That’s about as big as a fish that big gets”
– A Nonymouse
“There are always new places to go fishing. For any fisherman, there’s always a new place, always a new horizon”
– Jack Nicklaus
“Education is important – but fishing is importanter”
– Hu Nose
“…water that isn’t fit for trout won’t much longer be fit for us.”
– Arnold Gingrich
From Deneki Outdoors a good run-down on five streamer fishing techniques that target bigger fish. A really worthwhile read.
“… However, we’ve found that most anglers fish streamer patterns using only one technique before giving up on the streamer and reaching back for the nymphs. Every day, every river, and every run is different, and successful anglers know that changing up retrieves is key in fooling more trout. Here are 5 ways to fish a streamer more effectively…”
Full story Here
OK this is not about to be earth shattering, but I was looking for a fly holder that would 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.
“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.