“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.
Five new quotes on fishing and fishy things up now, and the total hits 1300.
“Water is life. It is a precondition for human, animal and plant life as well as an indispensable resource for the economy. Water also plays a fundamental role in the climate regulation cycle. Protection of water resources, of fresh and salt water ecosystems and of the water we drink and bathe in is, therefore, one of the cornerstones of environmental protection.” – EU Water Framework Directive
“Rod held high, you moved down the bank, dragged off into the endless night by a wild creature. While overhead the Milky Way coursed the sky like a ragged river of stars.” – Ed Mitchel
“When you pause to reflect on fishing, you often find out that the pursuit of fish has no bearing on your pursuit of fishing, or your enjoyment of the experience” – NA
“The only fisherman you should try to be better than, is the fisherman you were yesterday.” – NA
“if you don’t know where the fish lie but can cast well enough to cover all of the water with finesse, you are likely to solve the mystery and catch fish. If you know where they lie but can neither reach them nor present the fly naturally, you are not even in the game.” – Joan Wulff
All 1300 quotes can be seen here. The new numbers are 1296 – 1300.
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
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.
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