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
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.
“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
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
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!”
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.”
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.”