Classic and other Fishing Quotes

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Enjoyed this collection of fishing quotes as compiled by the www. RiverTraditions.com web site.   They have some very nice products, so take a look,

 

“Fishing quotes inspire thoughts and remembrances of trips of the past and dreams for the future. Fly fishing quotes seem to make up the vast majority the list I’ve compiled. It’s easy to understand how the surroundings where fish can be found draws out inspirational phases.” -River Traditions.com

“Angling is extremely time consuming. That’s sort of the whole point. ” ~Thomas McGuane

“In every species of fish I’ve angled for, it is the ones that have got away that thrill me the most, the ones that keep fresh in my memory. So I say it is good to lose fish. If we didn’t, much of the thrill of angling would be gone. ” ~Ray Bergman

“The best fisherman I know try not to make the same mistakes over and over again; instead they strive to make new and interesting mistakes and to remember what they learned from them. ” ~John Gierach

“To him, all good things-trout as well as eternal salvation-come by grace and grace comes by art and art does not come easy. ” ~Norman Maclean

“Why does a salmon rise? Why does a small boy cross the street just to kick a tin can? ” ~Lee Wulff

“In these sad and ominous days of mad fortune chasing, every patriotic, thoughtful citizen, whether he fishes or not, should lament that we have not among our countrymen more fishermen. ” ~Grover Cleveland

“Lots of people committed crimes during the year who would not have done so if they had been fishing. The increase of crime is among those deprived of the regenerations that impregnate the mind and character of the fisherman. ” ~Herbert Hoover

“Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers. ” ~ Herbert Hoover

“You know when they have a fishing show on TV? They catch the fish and then let it go. They don’t want to eat the fish, they just want to make it late for something. ” ~Mitch Hedberg

“My biggest worry is that my wife (when I’m dead) will sell my fishing gear for what I said I paid for it. ” ~Koos Brandt

“The two best times to fish is when it’s rainin’ and when it ain’t. ” ~Patrick F. McManus

“There he stands, draped in more equipment than a telephone lineman, trying to outwit an organism with a brain no bigger than a breadcrumb, and getting licked in the process. ” ~Paul O’Neil

“The fishing was good; it was the catching that was bad. ” ~A.K. Best

“To paraphrase a deceased patriot, I regret that I have only one life to give to my fly-fishing. ” ~Robert Traver

“Work: a dangerous disorder affecting high public functionaries who want to go fishing ~Ambrose Bierce

“Everyone should believe in something; I believe I’ll go fishing. ” ~ Henry David Thoreau

“Many men go fishing all their lives without knowing it is not fish they are after. ” ~Henry David Thoreau

“There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of the mind. ” ~Washington Irving

“There is no greater fan of fly fishing than the worm. ” ~Patrick F. McManus

“Fishing is a… discipline in the equality of men – for all men are equal before fish. ” ~Herbert Hoover

“Scholars have long known that fishing eventually turns men into philosophers. Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to buy decent tackle on a philosopher’s salary. ” ~Patrick F. McManus

“Men and fish are alike. They both get into trouble when they open their mouths. ” ~Jimmy D Moore

“I am not against golf, since I cannot but suspect it keeps armies of the unworthy from discovering trout. ” ~Paul O’Neil

“The only reason I ever played golf in the first place was so I could afford to hunt and fish. ” ~Sam Snead

“Fishing costs like sin but requires heavier clothing. ” ~L. C. Clower

“Most of the world is covered by water. A fisherman’s job is simple: Pick out the best parts. ” ~Charles Waterman

“If fishing is interfering with your business, give up your business. ” ~Alfred W. Miller

“The season is ended. There was not enough of it; there never is. ” ~Nick Lyons

“Smoked carp tastes just as good as smoked salmon when you ain’t got no smoked salmon. ” ~Patrick F. McManus

“I think I fish, in part, because it’s an anti-social, bohemian business that, when gone about properly, puts you forever outside the mainstream culture without actually landing you in an institution. ” ~John Gierach

“Many of us probably would be better fishermen if we did not spend so much time watching and waiting for the world to become perfect. ” ~Norman Maclean

“In the best stories about fly fishing … big fish are caught or lost; people say wild and spontaneous words; event becomes memory and sometimes, in the hands of a master, bleeds into art. ” ~Nick Lyons

“Fish are, of course, indispensable to the angler. They give him an excuse for fishing and justify the fly rod without which he would be a mere vagrant. ” ~Sparse Grey Hackle

“Fishing is a delusion entirely surrounded by liars in old clothes. ” ~Don Marquis

“Creeps and idiots cannot conceal themselves for long on a fishing trip. ” ~John Gierach

“Don’t tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don’t tell them where they know the fish. ” ~Mark Twain

“Bragging may not bring happiness, but no man having caught a large fish goes home through an alley. ” ~Ann Landers

“Fly-fishing is the most fun you can have standing up. ” ~Arnold Gingrich

“Game fish are too valuable to be caught only once. ” ~Lee Wulff

“Somebody just back of you while you are fishing is as bad as someone looking over your shoulder while you write a letter to your girl. ” ~Ernest Hemingway

“It has always been my private conviction that any man who pits his intelligence against a fish and loses has it coming. ” ~John Steinbeck

“There’s a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot. ” ~Steven Wright

“Give a man a fish and he has food for a day; teach him how to fish and you can get rid of him for the entire weekend. ” ~Zenna Schaffer

“Off all the fly casters I know, very few are any good. The rest waste their time married, working, rearing children, etc. ” ~William A. Glavin

“Be patient and calm – for no one can catch fish in anger. ” ~Herbert Hoover

“The fish and I were both stunned and disbelieving to find ourselves connected by a line. ” ~William Humphrey

“I’ve gone fishing thousands of times in my life, and I have never once felt unlucky or poorly paid for those hours on the water. ” ~William Tapply

“Angling may be said to be so like the mathematics that it can never be fully learned. ” ~Izaak Walton

“The solution to any problem -work, love, money, whatever -is to go fishing, and the worse the problem, the longer the trip should be. ” ~John Gierach

“Fly tackle has improved considerably since 1676, when Charles Cotton advised anglers to ‘fish fine and far off,’ but no one has ever improved on that statement. ” ~John Gierach

“The finest gift you can give to any fisherman is to put a good fish back, and who knows if the fish that you caught isn’t someone else’s gift to you? ” ~Lee Wulff

“I used to like fishing because I thought it had some larger significance. Now I like fishing because it’s the one thing I can think of that probably doesn’t. ” ~John Gierach

“Poets talk about “spots of time”, but it is really the fishermen who experience eternity compressed into a moment. No one can tell what a spot of time is until suddenly the whole world is a fish and the fish is gone. ” ~Norman Mclean

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