Fishing Quotes

Fishing Quotes by Rudyard Kipling, Charles Ritz, Karl Urban, Reba McEntire, A. A. Milne, Jacques Maritain and many others.

Go softly by that river side Or when you would depart, You’ll find its every winding tied; And knotted round your heart.
…But some of the ideas are ridiculous. Such as matching the hatch. Of course there are times when you have a fly as alike as possible to the flies on the water. But casting and accuracy and how you present your fly and how fast it gets there and how fast it swims are all more important than matching the hatch.
I love fishing and surfing, and I work out every day.
We all love being outdoors. Grandma was in her garden or fishing; Mama loves to fish and I love to be outside. We all love the Lord.
Don’t talk anybody, don’t come near! Can’t you see the fish might hear? He thinks I’m playing with a piece of string; He thinks I’m another sort of funny thing, But he doesn’t know I’m fishing – He doesn’t know I’m fishing. That’s what I’m doing – Fishing.
It is necessary that the object that the artist is shaping, whether it be a vase of clay or a fishing boat, be significant of something other than itself. This object must be a sign as well as an object; a meaning must animate it, and make it say more than it is.
For the true angler, fishing produces a deep,unspoken joy, born of longing for that which is quiet and peaceful, and fostered by an inbred love of communing with nature
Thaddeus Norris
Twas merry when You wagered on your angling, when your diver Did hang a salt fish on his hook, which he With fervency drew up.
You cannot lose what you never had.
It’s not to give people fish It’s not to teach them how to fish It’s to build a new and better fishing industry
Probably fishing is my first passion.
I was interested in the environment from when I was a little kid. I spent most of my time hunting and fishing and kayaking.
Good things come to those who wait.
Only those become weary of angling who bring nothing to it but the idea of catching fish.
I like fishing. Not actual fishing – I like the peace and quiet of being at sea. It’s different.
These poor rich men, we anglers pity them perfectly.
For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), It’s always our self we find in the sea.
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.
In the suburban Midwestern Reform Jewish world I was raised in, in the nineteen-seventies and eighties, grown men built plastic scale models of Israeli tanks and F-15 jets and displayed them throughout the house, dangling the warplanes from bedroom ceilings with fishing line.
The best way to observe a fish is to become a fish.
There’s no taking trout with dry breeches.
Lake Pend Oreille is definitely my favorite place to be while in Sandpoint. I love to get out on a boat to enjoy water sports, camping, fishing, or just to relax and catch a sunset.
Do unto those downstream as you would have those upstream do unto you.
I used to play football, and then my wife bought me a fishing rod.
After a day’s fishing, I’ll know the solution to something or have good ideas that were not accessible before.
It’s like fishing — you got to get that first one in the boat. Once you get that first one, the skunk is off the boat and everything‘s cool from then on. You’ve got to get that first one. Once he gets the first one, I know he’ll be fine.
I am very lucky because when I come back home, I have a completely normal life. I can relax, playing golf, fishing – doing what I want. I know when I finish a tournament, I am going to relax at home.
After all, catching something is purely a by-product of our fishing. It is the act of fishing that wipes away all grief, lightens all worry, dissolves fear and anxiety.
The shell fishing industry represents a major part of Louisiana‘s economy.
One of the things I enjoy the most is fishing.
Yoochun makes great I want to go fishing w/ him. That way I can be closer to him as well.
The outdoors, the beautiful environment, both in fresh and salt water. And the thing that concerns me is the amount of kids that stand on street corners, or go into pinball parlours, and call it recreation.
Stalking along from log to log, or plunging their long legs in the oozy swamp, two large herons paid no attention to my presence, but occupied themselves with their own fishing arrangements, as if their wilderness were their own.
You are not content with the vast millions of tribute we pay you annually under the operation of our revenue law, our navigation laws, your fishing bounties, and by making your people our manufacturers, our merchants, our shippers.
Cargo shipping, cruising, mining, oil drilling, fishing – all these industrial activities could expand to the Arctic, one of the last remaining wild places, and with potentially devastating consequences.
Maybe your stature as a fly fisherman isn’t determined by how big a trout you can catch, but by how small a trout you can catch without being disappointed.
Just about every weekend when I was growing up, we would throw rods and rifles and tents and shovels and pickaxes into the back of the truck and then head off to the side of a mountain or the bottom of a canyon. Hiking, fishing, hunting, rock-hounding: this is how my parents passed the time.
I’d be willing to do anything once. I did live bass fishing on TV. I’ve done horse jumping… so clearly I’m not very picky.
People who are in politics to be right all the time would be better off taking up fly-fishing. It’s less dangerous. Politics that is not applied in the real world and doesn’t address the real challenges and paradoxes and agonies is a hobby.
Golf and fishing. I usually do both at least once a week. The biggest fish I’ve ever caught was a 36 lb. carp.
When I found out that Inspiration 4 was gonna be the first all-civilian mission to space, well then there’s no chance that’s going to be a bunch of fishing buddies going on a joy ride. That’s something of significance, of responsibility.
Sometimes people in search of a better fishing hole can’t see the body of water in front of them.
I truly believe fishing is like a washing machine for your brain
When if or chance or hunger‘s powerful sway Directs the roving trout this fatal way, He greedily sucks in the twining bait, And tugs and nibbles the fallacious meat. Now, happy fisherman; now twitch the line! How thy rod bends! behold, the prize is thine!
If you introduce kids to fishing, they become good citizens.
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.
Work: a dangerous disorder affecting high public functionaries who want to go fishing.
Fly fishing or any other sport fishing, is an end in itself and not a game or competition among fishermen. . . .
I’m bad at fishing for information.
I was fishing with director Frank Capra once and we talked about retirement.
Fishing, Danny boy, is purely a state of mind. Some men, when they are fishing, are after fish. Me, I’m after things you could never set a barbed hook in.
Normally if I am on holiday I’ll be planning a fishing trip or a surfing trip.
The fact is, there’s a great deal of hair-splitting fussiness when it comes to fly-fishing, most of it as silly as a top hat.
everyone‘s free to embark on either a great clipper or a little fishing boat. An artist is an explorer who oughtn’t to shrink from anything: it doesn’t matter whether he goes to the left or the right — his goal sanctifies all.
I grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida. My dad took me hunting, trapping and fishing when I was a kid.
Fishing is a pleasure of retirement, yet the angler has the power to let the fish live or die.
Angling is an amusement peculiarly adapted to the mild and cultivated scenery of England
Fishing is a condition of mind wherein you cannot possibly have a bad time.
Great Wass Island Preserve is a 1,579-acre Nature Conservancy jewel, a place of spectacular botanical interest, and Jonesport is situated on a postcard-pretty harbor. Tourism is not serious business in those parts – boat building and fishing are – and there are no signs telling how to get to Great Wass. But I know.
With my father, there was one baseball game, one football game, one fishing trip. You got one of everything. And that was all you got. It was enough, though, and I adored him. He was a god to me.
All men are equal before fish.
The stream at the end of your street can be a place where you make contact with this whole other amazing world hidden right there beneath the surface. Fishing can be the passport to that world.
I never watch MTV. I don’t have time to watch TV. And when I do, I’m watching the Discovery Channel. ‘Deadliest Catch: Crab Fishing in Alaska,’ that’s my show.
We have seen Indians in immense numbers, and all those on this coast of the Pacific contrive to make a good subsistence on various seeds, and by fishing.
We do not know what is on the other side of the storm.
Brian Francis
There is an urgent need for regeneration of fisheries and fostering a sustainable fisheries programme. What I mean is, designing new fishing vessels and nets so that they do not disrupt the fish lifecycle by catching young ones and also do not destroy sea grass beds, which serve as habitats for dugongs.
Time flies so fast after youth is past that we cannot accomplish one half the many things we have in mind or indeed one half our duties. The only safe and sensible plan is to make other things give way to the essentials, and the first of these is fly fishing.
Nothing is worse than a beautiful girl fishing for compliments by saying how gross she is. On the flip side, I find genuine humility and modesty attractive.
Presidents have only two moments of personal seclusion. One is prayer; the other fishing – and they cannot pray all the time!
I grew up in a small, strictly-Catholic fishing village on the coast of Wales. The people there have a different attitude to life than those in Hollywood – people stick together more.
From 1997 to 2003, there was a decline of 50 percent in the proportion of children nine to twelve who spent time in such outside activities as hiking, walking, fishing, beach play, and gardening, according to a study by Sandra Hofferth at the University of Maryland.
. . perhaps the greatest satisfaction on the first day of the season is the knowledge in the evening that the whole of the rest of the season is to come.
We often love to think now of the life of men on beaches,–at least in midsummer, when the weather is serene; their sunny lives onthe sand, amid the beach-grass and bayberries, their companion a cow, their wealth a jag of driftwood or a few beach plums, and their music the surf and the peep of the beech-bird.
When I was younger, my family would go camping and fishing on our ranches. My dad loves being around all kinds of animals. He’s the one who got me to be a really big animal lover.
There’s fish in the sea, no doubt of it, As good as ever came out of it.
I was a kid that grew up in the South and was always outdoors fishing and hunting and, you know, swimming in the pool during the summer.
Fishing’s relaxing, man. Most relaxing thing in my life. It’s therapy for me. I don’t think about business… sports. All I think about is catching the next fish.
I have laid aside business, and gone a’fishing.
I ran around with the other youngsters, hunting, fishing and raising tadpoles and all the rest.
Sex is the most fun you can have without laughing.
It enhances our sense of the grand security and serenity of nature to observe the still undisturbed economy and content of the fishes of this century, their happiness a regular fruit of the summer.
I have so many memories of going fishing and camping as a kid, and my dad had season tickets to watch the Marlins – and that’s where I fell in love with the game.
I only make movies to finance my fishing.
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.
Most anglers, especially tyros, false cast too often. Three false casts should be sufficient for any throw and two is better. One is perfect.
Joe Brooks
… some veil between childhood and the present is necessary. If the veil is withdrawn, the artistic imagination sickens and dies, the prophet looks in the mirror with a disillusioned and cynical sneer, the scientist goes fishing.
When I was a child, my father used to take me for walks, often along a river or by the sea. We would pass people fishing, perhaps reeling in their lines with struggling fish hooked at the end of them. Once I saw a man take a small fish out of a bucket and impale it, still wriggling, on an empty hook to use as bait.
Catch-and-release fishing is an ecological necessity, not my preference. The practice smacks of bad faith, an inauthentic act.
Christopher Camuto
The inhabitants of the Cape generally do not complain of their “soil,” but will tell you that it is good enough for them to dry their fish on.
My grandparents would take me out fishing in their boat once a week from when I was about two or three, growing up in in Texas and Louisiana. I loved it.
I used to go fishing on Roa Island as a boy and it seemed a good idea to move there.
Contrary to common belief, it is not true that if you cut a worm-fisherman in half, each half will grow into a complete fisherman. For which we should all be eternally grateful.
‘The best thing about hunting and fishing,’ the Old Man said, ‘is that you don’t have to actually do it to enjoy it. You can go to bed every night thinking about how much fun you had twenty years ago, and it all comes back clear as moonlight.’
The fishing is best where the fewest go. There is just less competition for bigger goals.
About the only certainty, other than uncertainty, in fly fishing is that a fly won’t catch fish if it stays in its box.
Sport is a wonderful metaphor for life. Of all the sports that I playedskiing, baseball, fishing – there is no greater example than golf, because you’re playing against yourself and nature.
The wolf dreads the pitfall, the hawk suspects the snare, and the kite the covered hook.
And connected I had been. When the fish changed directions, I felt it. when it slowed or sped up, I felt that too. It’s such a raw thing, this shared existence with a piece of bucking biomass.
Many years ago I was fishing, and as I was reeling in the poor fish, I realised, ‘I am killing him – all for the passing pleasure it brings me’. Something inside me clicked. I realised as I watched him fight for breath that his life was as important to him as mine is to me.
We are standing on a whale fishing for minnows.
You can find us fishing in Miami offshore somewhere, riding jet skis, and doing fun stuff like that. My brother likes to ski and get out in the snow. We really are nature boys, and when it comes to getting out there and being in nature, there’s not too much we don’t like.
Fishing is my therapy. Its such a great immersion into life.
Ah me son, we don’t be takin’ nothin’ from the sea. We has to sneak up on what we wants and wiggle it away
The great charm of fly-fishing is that we are always learning.
Fishing, if I a fisher may protest, Of pleasures is the sweetest of sports the best, Of exercises the most excellent, Of recreations the most innocent. But now the sport is marred, and why you ask? Fishes decrease, and fishers multiply.
Thomas Bastard
I like to fish. Fishing is always a way of relaxing.
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.
Advice to anglers: don’t take advice from people with missing fingers.
A lot of people think there’s a lot of luck in fishing, and there really isn’t.
Kevin VanDam
No good fish goes anywhere without a porpoise.
I have other fish to fry.
I was happy working on my golf and doing a bit of fishing.
Best fishing in troubled waters.
He who holds the hook is aware in what waters many fish are swimming.
Martha Stewart’s a convicted felon and they gave her another television show. What’s next, the Scott Peterson Fishing Hour?
Devon holds a special place in my heart. As a child, I normally went on holiday to Bantham and have lots of happy memories from my time there. I used to catch sand eels in the early morning and go fishing for bass throughout the day. I remember a gull taking my bait.
Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he’ll evolve to become so skilled at fishing he destroys the ocean and kills every last fish.
Really, the only thing a psychiatrist can do that a good (fishing) guide can’t is write prescriptions.
What pretty bright trout there are in this bold rock creek! It would full be called a river in England, and so it is!
Thaddeus Norris
The two biggest things that translate from the pitching mound to hunting and fishing are patience and perseverance. When you’re on the mound, you have to take the game one pitch at a time, regardless of the score, and that approach helps when I’m in the woods or on the water as well.
An excellent angler, and now with God.
I spent a long time away from my parents when I was younger. I would go hunting and fishing with my uncle, and we would go for weeks at a time. I also spent a lot of time in Texas with my grandparents.
Where I stand at is on the Second Amendment where the right to bear arms is not just for hunting and fishing and things like that. But it’s the right of the American people to have a means of defense against a tyrannical government. So, sometimes you got to have that back-up plan.
One great thing about fly fishing is that after a while nothing exists of the world but thoughts about fly fishing
There is no subsititue for fishing sense, and if a man doesn’t have it, verily, he may cast like an angel and still use his creel largely to transport sandwiches and beer
Folks have a common misconception that Mississippi is strictly a rural, outdoors state. While we are famous for our hunting, sport fishing and year-round golf, we also have leading manufacturers like Peavey Electronics and Viking Range Corp.
Gregg Harper
Besides what I do, I love fishing; I love bringing my children to the forest, getting outdoors in nature. Get outside, people! Stop looking at screens.
I would read fishing reports on the road and then it just occurred to me: I should go to sea school and get my captain‘s license, see if I can get paid to be out here every day.
We know of fishing vessels that carry up to twelve different flags on board, and they re-flag their ship at sea,.
Claude Martin
The truth is that trout fishermen scheme and lie and toss in their sleep. They dream of great dripping trout, shapely and elusive as mermaids, and arise cranky and haggard from their fantasies. They are moody and neglectful and all of them a little daft. Moreover they are inclined to drink too much.
The true fisherman approaches the first day of fishing season with all the sense of wonder and awe of a child approaching Christmas.
I’m a country boy, so I really appreciate the country. I love fishing, so I fish between takes on set. During lunch, I go for a fish.
In the sixth grade, I planned to start my own business making custom fishing lures.
I’d pull my little brother on our motorcycle on an inner tube behind it. We would go fishing, we would hunt some, growing up.
Fishing can come as close to doing nothing as anything I can think of.
Ruth Rudner
If you don’t want people to look at you, Park had thought at the time, don’t wear fishing lures in your hair. Her jewelry box must look like a junk drawer.
St. Lucia was a place were we used to go on vacation – not every year, but we went there a couple of times. I remember the last time that I went there, I was really small, and the only memory that I have is that my dad was going swimming or fishing one day – and I really, really wanted to go – but I was too young.
I’m big into fishing, but I’ve never been much of a hunter. I never was really raised around it a whole lot, so I never got a chance to do it a whole lot.
If you have a culture based on hunting and fishing and all the animals are disappearing and the fish are sick, then you can’t live traditionally. Then your treaty is being violated. Obviously there are degrees of choice in terms of that decision to fight.
I go fishing for a thousand monsters in the depths of my own self
One fish. Two fish. Red fish. Blue fish. Black fish. Blue fish. Old fish. New fish. This one has a little star. This one has a little car. Say! What a lot of fish there are.
The issue of imitation has always occupied fly fishers, and part of its endless attraction has been the imponderable uncertainty of how much it matters to the fish in the first place.
God buries our sins in the depths of the sea and then puts up a sign that reads, “No fishing.”
If I had to get lost in a fictional world? I would love to go with those Hemingway characters in ‘The Sun Also Rises‘ when they go on that trip in Spain, and they go fishing. And they take the wine bottles, and they put them in the river.
I don’t eat fish because there is no such thing as sustainable fishing in the world right now.
My main aim is getting set up so that when I do quit, I can step away and re-evaluate what I want to do in life. Do I want to get to 50 years old and come back? Or will I just want to go home and be fishing, hunting and working around the house?
Fishing is quite a good metaphor for life. You do your prep, you do your thinking, you put your bait out, and you wait, confident that you’ve done your groundwork. But a lot of life is luck.
The world’s oceans are littered with trillions of pieces of plastic – bottles, bags, toys, fishing nets and more, mostly in tiny particles – and now this seaborne junk is making its way into the Arctic.
I’m fishing for men with a certain kind of bait, and the bait that I am offering is not a candy; it’s a very specific thing that I’m offering, which is a deep gospel and a deep conversion.
It’s just that the longer I fish, the more I long for simplification and lightness.
Tom Sutcliffe
Many of us would probably be better fishermen if we did not spend so much time watching and waiting for the world to become perfect
We have reached the time in the life of the planet, and humanity‘s demand upon it, when every fisherman will have to be a river-keeper, a steward of marine shallows, a watchman on the high seas. We are beyond having to put back what we have taken out. We must put back more than we take out.
I grew up hunting and fishing in Land Between the Lakes. I have so many great memories of camping with my mom over at Redd Hollow.
Doubt not but angling will prove to be so pleasant that it will prove to be, like virtue, a reward to itself.
I was a Scout years ago, before the movement started, when my father took me fishing, camping and hunting. Then I was sorry that more girls could not have what I had. When I learned of the movement, I thought, here is what I always wanted other girls to have.
It is only the inexperienced and thoughtless who find pleasure in killing fish for the mere sake of killing them. No sportsman does this.
Plastic waste is now found in the most remote areas of the planet. It kills marine life and is doing major harm to communities that depend on fishing and tourism.
God created whammy bars for people who don’t know how to solo.
In fishing, golf and gardening, if you don’t have a healthy tolerance for your own ineptitude, then it isn’t for you.
William Bernard Ziff, Jr.
Man can learn a lot from fishing – when the fish are biting no problem in the world is big enough to be remembered.
Millions of Americans each year use our national forests to go hiking, fishing, hunting, camping, swimming, horseback riding, and canoeing.
We intend to bring fun and family activities to the American market from Down Under, where we believe we have some of the best fishing in the world and the best conservative approach to fishing through catch, kiss, and release.
To tell the truth, fishermen remain always boys as far as their amusement goes.
You know, you can only play just so much golf or go fishing just so often.
When I go Miami, I go deep-sea fishing. I love doing that.
Street Photography is like fishing. Catching the fish is more exciting than eating it.
Thomas Leuthard
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.
Ten percent of the big fish still remain. There are still some blue whales. There are still some krill in Antarctica. There are a few oysters in Chesapeake Bay. Half the coral reefs are still in pretty good shape, a jeweled belt around the middle of the planet. There’s still time, but not a lot, to turn things around.
If little fish get eaten by bigger fish, and bigger fish get eaten by bigger fish… what happens when there are no little fish? The world’s populations of little fish are being harvested to make catfood!? This nonsense has to stop. Feed a fish a cat a day!
We suggest that in the next decades fisheries management will have to emphasize the rebuilding of fish populations embedded within functional food webs, within large ‘no-take’ marine protected areas.
All those authors there, most of whom of course I’ve never met. That’s the poetry side, that’s the prose side, that’s the fishing and miscellaneous behind me. You get an affection for books that you’ve enjoyed.
I’m an outdoors girl – I like to go fishing, riding four-wheelers, hunting.
If you want to catch more fish, more often, take luck out of your fishing equation and replace it with knowledge of fish, their habitat and behavior, and you will make your own luck.
I want to highlight that Italy, every year, sends 6 billion euros in cash to Brussels. I cannot give these 6 billion euros to Brussels and then let them damage us on the fronts of agriculture, migration, fishing, commerce and finance. Why am I giving 6 billion to receive nothing in return?
Last year I went fishing with Salvador Dali. He was using a dotted line. He caught every other fish.
The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.
Show me a man who fishes in winter, and I’ll show you a fanatic. Actually, I’ll get the better of the deal, because for sheer spectacle a fanatic doesn’t hold a candle to a man who fishes in winter
As far as I can ascertain the reasons for missing a rising fish come from faulty reactions. When we miss a fish we are either too fast or too slow
The pleasant’st angling is to see the fish Cut with her golden oars the silver stream And greedily devour the treacherous bait.
If you lived next door to me and didn’t know what I did, you wouldn’t know I was a celebrity. I don’t have that lifestyle, nor do I want that lifestyle. I want to know that I can have a separate life with my wife and my kids and just be normal and go camping and fishing and outdoor stuff.
Whether it was hunting, fishing, or playing sports, my children were going to grow up outside. They weren’t going to be sitting on the couch inside. At least they didn’t grow up to be nerds.
I gave up fishing in England. It got too crowded.
Fishing in rainy conditions may make fisherman seem crazy to the great mass of unimaginative people, but then few fishermen care what they think
I used to love going fishing. I think it was really about the clothes. Nothing says real man like a vest with 38 pockets and a mesh hat with hooks in it.
One of the cries from the people was, don’t forget us. They have a long road ahead of them. Operation Blessing has found those little fishing towns. They will not be getting what other towns are getting from the government.
Next to prayer, Fishing is the most personal relationship of man.
I don’t really know how to tie a fly until I’ve tied a hundred dozen of them.
I never lost a little fish – Yes, I’m free to say. It always was the biggest fish I caught, that got away.
Overtime, hatchery fish tend to show signs of domestication and these traits adapted to the hatchery environment can make it more difficult to survive in the wild.
Despite all the variables and advise, like love and marriage it seemed to me that learning to cast ought to be a lot easier than it was.
We’d like to make it [bucky fiber] in a continuous fiber, roll it on a drum, and go fishing with it.
They used to have a fish on the menu that was smoked, grilled and peppered They did everything to this fish but pistol-whip it and dress it in Bermuda shorts.
I never go fishing on a full stomach. If we are allowed to, we always eat what we catch. Were eating food as fresh as it can be.
There’s magic in the water that draws all men away form the land, that leads them over hills, down creeks and streams and rivers to the sea.
The oceans have been a part of my life for as long as I remember. As a child, I spent hours playing in the surf off Cape Cod. In college, I fished along the rocky coast of Nova Scotia with my school’s fishing team.
What’s the two things they tell you are healthiest to eat? Chicken and fish. You know what you should do? Combine them, eat a penguin.
.. the long hour and a half walk-in to the secret pool , only to find four anglers filling it. Secret pools? The only secret about these pools is the name of the one person on the planet who does not know their location!
I try to think of myself as a chic fishing grandpa aesthetically.
It is you and clean, flowing water. It is you, inquisitive, in a wild world that is older than man, seeking greater understanding and finding not only an endless interest but a tranquility that comes, most of the time, to all nature?s wild creatures.
I thoroughly enjoy getting away from the game and going out fishing because it’s so relaxing, so quiet and peaceful. I mean, there’s no noise other than nature – and it’s so different from what I do in a tournament situation that it just eases my mind.
Although the United States has made tremendous progress cleaning up its water by removing billions of pounds of pollutants and doubling the number of waterways safe for fishing and swimming, a majority of Americans live within 10 miles of a polluted lake, river, stream or coastal area.
I’m going to gut you like a fish.
I’ve managed to convince my wife that somewhere in the Bible it says, ‘Man cannot have too many shotguns and fishing poles.’
The fly angler who says they have never, ever fallen while wading , is either a pathogenic liar, or has never been fly-fishing.
Jimmy Moore
I went where the boys in the family went. We would shoot basketball. We would shoot guns. We’d play cards. We’d go fishing at the pond.
It’s certain there are trout somewhere – And maybe I shall take a trout – but I do not seem to care.
If you’re looking for a wonderful way to spend time, take up fishing.
It’s essential I look after myself, because of what I put my body through in stunts as an actor, and even more through the fishing journeys. Trekking through jungles is tough. We don’t escape to hotels and if I’m living with tribes on the bank of a river, I camp out under a canopy or kip in a canoe.
On the Firehole I caught thirty-six inches worth of trout – in six installments.
The river moves from land to water to land, in and out of organisms, reminding us what native peoples have never forgotten: that you cannot separate the land from the water, or the people from the land.
I don’t suppose I ever entirely release a fish. I may not eat it, but that does not mean I take nothing from it before I let it go.
I do fish. I think there is a connection between thinking and fishing mostly because you spend a lot of time up to your waist in water without a whole lot to keep your mind busy.
Fishing is very meditative; you need to be able to give up control and cast out the line and then hope for the best, so in that way, it’s quite like acting.
I would read fishing reports on the road and then it just occurred to me: I should go to sea school and get my captain‘s license, see if I can get paid to be out here every day.
The obsessions of others are opaque to the unobsessed, and thus easy to mock. NASCAR, jazz, baseball, roses, poetry, quilts, fishing. If we’re lucky, we all have at least one.
Angling is extremely time consuming. That’s sort of the whole point.
If rightly made, a boat would be a sort of amphibious animal, a creature of two elements, related by one half its structure to some swift and shapely fish, and by the other to some strong-winged and graceful bird.
Yet compared with the serious things of life, fishing is after all rather trivial. The thoughtful angler must frankly confess this.
I have been involved with U.S. Soccer for 30 years, and I don’t remember one senior woman in the organization that you would deal with on a daily basis in a position that was making decisions. That is a huge issue. How many times do you hear, ‘There are no women around?’ Well, they are fishing in the wrong pond.
The two best times to fish is when it’s raining and when it ain’t.
We are serious about our fishing, and that’s why, when we take guys fishing, and they aren’t being serious about it, we kick them to the curb.
‘LazyTown’ is basically about motivation. So what do I call motivation? I call it ‘go.’ The show is going to inspire kids to go. Go fishing. Go dancing. Go live.
Then do you mean that I have got to go on catching these damned two-and-a-half pounders at this corner forever and ever? The keeper nodded. Hell! said Mr. Castwell. Yes , said his keeper.
G. E. M. Skues
NATO isn’t going to be concerned about fishing.
… To this day I would rather see a fish, creep up to him and watch his rise to my fly than catch half a dozen fish unseen until they take.
Feed a fish a cat a day
If you go fishing you may not catch any fish. If you don’t go fishing, you’ll never catch any fish.
Cut off my head, and singular I am, Cut off my tail, and plural I appear; Although my middle’s left, there’s nothing there! What is my head cut off? A sounding sea; What is my tail cut off? A rushing river; And in their mingling depths I fearless play, Parent of sweetest sounds, yet mute forever.
The dream is everything in the sport of fishing. You dream with every cast of your fly that the shadowy form will finally rise to your fly. You dream as you drop off to sleep at night about the lunker that got loose just as you were about to net it.
My golf game‘s gone off so much that when I went fishing a couple of weeks ago my first cast missed the lake.
Social entrepreneurs are not content just to give a fish or teach how to fish. They will not rest until they have revolutionized the fishing industry.
When all the routines and details and the human bores get on our nerves, we just yearn to go away from here to somewhere else. To go fishing is a sound, a valid, and an accepted reason for an escape. It requires no explanation.
There’s no such thing as too much power!
You pray for days when the crappie fishing is so relentlessly good that you’re giggling like a kid and the only things you’re lacking in life are another stringer and an extra hour on the water. But what do you do with that pile of freshly caught crappies spilling out of your cooler? Call your pals for a mega-fry.
Sitting in a rocker never appealed to me. Golf or fishing isn’t as much fun as working.
For me, fishing and journalism touched the same places in my head. In comparison with that of poets, the fly fishers’ and the journalistsexperiences are probably pale flavors, but they carry nonetheless a hint of ambrosia.
I’d rather go fishing for three years.
We’ve got a Muslim for a president who hates cowboys, hates cowgirls, hates fishing, hates farming, loves gays and we hate him!
I wondered what it does to each of us to spend the majority of our waking hours doings things we’d rather not do, wishing we were outside or simply elsewhere, wishing we were reading, thinking, making love, fishing, sleeping, or simply having time to figure out who the hell we are and what the hell we’re doing.
My wife wonders why all women do not seek anglers for husbands. She has come in contact with many in her life with me and she claims that they all have a sweetness in their nature which others lack.
Instead of the scream of a fish hawk scaring the fishes, is heard the whistle of the steam-engine, arousing a country to its progress.
Fishing is boring, unless you catch an actual fish, and then it is disgusting.
When I go fishing I like to know that there’s nobody within five miles of me.
I know that I can sing really loud. It’s like having that really big Evinrude engine on the back of your fishing boat. But I’ve been trying to be more dynamic with my voice, and not just singing on 10 all of the time out of terror.
The solution to any problem -work, love, money, whatever -is to go fishing, and the worse the problem, the longer the trip should be.
Thomas More: Will, I’d trust you with my life. But not your principles. You see, we speak of being anchored to our principles. But if the weather turns nasty you up with an anchor and let it down where there’s less wind, and the fishing’s better. And “Look,” we say, “look, I’m anchored! To my principles!
I love any discourse of rivers, and fish and fishing.
Fishing is taking a huge toll on the planet’s ecosystem. We are emptying the oceans, seas, lakes, and rivers as we fish them dry.
Fishermen, no matter what supreme good fortune befalls them, cannot ever be absolutely satisfied. It is a fundamental weakness of intellect.
Fish is the only food that is considered spoiled once it smells like what it is.
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 G. Tapply
Promising to bring home a feed of fish is the absolute kiss of death to any chances of catching anything but a large heap of derision when you get home.
secretly I lament the hundreds [of fish] we never caught because we forever persisted in fishing only the likliest holding water.
Tom Sutcliffe
Fishing is a quest for knowledge and wonder as much as a pursuit of fish.
I frankly don’t make much of a living, but I make a hell of a life.
Jack Gartside
Today’s fishing industry supplies land farms with fish as well. Over fifty percent of the fish caught is fed to livestock on factory farms and “regular” farms. It is an ingredient in the enriched “feed meal” fed to livestock.
What I do is called ‘fishing.’ If it was easy, we would refer to it as ‘catching,’ and there would be a lot more people doing it.
Linda Greenlaw
Communities such as Auchmithie, Sandend, and even Wick once thrived on herring fishing. But it led me to ruminate on the likely fate for most of our coasts – with the decline of fishing many of the coastal communities are destined to become charming but lifeless exhibits of past endeavour.
My favorite hobby is being alone. I like to be alone. I also like dancing, fishing, playing poker sometimes and vegetable gardening – corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, I have a big garden every year.
It’s a little like casting out hundreds of fishing lines into the audience. You start getting little bites, then more, then you hook a few, then more. Then you can start reeling them in and that’s a loveliest feeling – the whole audience laughing with you.
There many guys out there who are actually fishing for a woman whom they are planning on keeping. But there are guys out there who are just sports fishing – catching them and then throwing them back into the ocean.
I’m so lucky that ‘The Vampire Diarieshappened. I’m so lucky that Warner Bros. pays me money. You have no idea. I should be on a fishing boat with my dad.
Good fishermen know that in talking about fishing, nothing is more interesting than the truth.
Angling is somewhat like poetry, men are to be born so.
Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime. Teach a man to cycle and he will realize fishing is stupid and boring.
New York has an amazing history of farming and fishing that goes right back to the Pilgrim Fathers. At its core are the four seasons, which are distinct, well-established and similar to those in Lyon, where my family lives: when it’s snowing in New York, a week later it will be snowing there.
Blessings upon all that hate contention, and love quietnesse, and vertue, and Angling.
Fly-fishing is solitary, contemplative, misanthropic, scientific in some hands, poetic in others, and laced with conflicting aesthetic considerations. It’s not even clear if catching fish is actually the point.
I don’t think acting should be all-encompassing. So, when I’m not shooting, I’ll go down to Mexico on a spear-fishing trip for a couple of weeks, or I’ll go to the Coral Sea, or I’ll go to Panama, or wherever.
Most fishermen use the double haul to throw their casting mistakes further.
Probably the most formative thing was at the age of four my Granddad took me fishing. That actually became a major part of the rest of my life.
Far away Tongariro! Greenwhite thundering Athabasca river of New Zealand! I vowed I would come again down across the Pacific to fish in the swift cold waters of this most beautiful and famous of trout streams. It is something to have striven. It is much to have kept your word.
Don’t tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don’t tell them where they know the fish.
Hunting, fishing, drawing, and music occupied my every moment. Cares I knew not, and cared naught about them.
I used to go salmon fishing with the late Jim Slater, the renowned investor, and he would give me tips. He told me to buy shares in football clubs, so I invested in Manchester United before its shares went through the roof.
Calling fishing a hobby is like calling brain surgery a job.
It is easy to tell tourists from tarpon. Tarpon have a narrow, bony plate inside the mouth of their lower jaw. Tourists have both upper and lower plates.
I do love the outdoor. Love love the outdoors, fishing and hunting and that kind of thing.
Whether people know it or not, I’m a big nature guy. I like snowboarding, I like fishing, and those are my ways to wind down.
Generally, we are united in the belief that all rod design has been progressive and that the ideas about fly rods in the past were so bad as to make it amazing that people were able to fish at all.
It’s not the fish you catch, it’s the peace of mind you take home at the end of the day.
I’ve done about every kind of fishing you can imagine, but I’ve never noodled. And the reason I’ve never noodled is because I don’t want to get bit by a water moccasin. I’m just too afraid of snakes.
Catch and release fishing may be cruelty masquerading as political correctness
I am an avid fisherman, and my daily schedule is to write in the morning and then go fishing in the afternoon. In Maine, I fish mostly for stripers, and in the Florida Keys, I go after all kinds of game fish.
…in rebellion against the typical British-type dry flies, I created the Wulff series.
Trout aren’t naturally as selective as they’ve become in crowded tailwaters – they’ve been trained to be like that by too much fishing pressure. I’ve seen tailwater fish that are so hysterical they’ll refuse naturals. You wonder how they get enough to eat.
Fishing makes us less the hostages to the horrors of making a living.
God has cast our confessed sins into the depths of the sea, and He’s even put a ‘No Fishing’ sign over the spot.
Fishing is one of the greatest things that you can do, it has the power to relax you like nothing else and there’s nothing quite like the thrill of the catch.
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.
Fishing as a spectator sport in real time is the most boring thing you can imagine.
We grew up fishing, and we take it seriously.
To seek these things is lost labour; Geese in an oyle pot, fat Hogs among Jews, and Wine in a fishing net.
On my teams, as a guy who grew up hunting and fishing, I was in the minority in terms of music and lifestyle. I became good friends with people who listened to R&B and rap. But it wasn’t just an issue of being around it – I was naturally drawn to it right off the bat.
I want to play the Tour until I’m 46, 47, and then take about three years off, and then go play the Champions Tour when I’m 50. That’s the plan, but you never know – it all depends on how good the fishing and hunting is.
How can you need so many rods and reels to catch a fish? , she asked, her lips pulled into that weaned on a gherkin look, as she watched me prepare for a fishing trip. Probably for much the same reason that you seem to need 30 pairs of shoes for one pair of feet, I nearly said, but decided to live for another day.
We were out drinking and fishing one day, and somebody said to me, ‘People are starting to make money off your name. You and your brothers should do it.’
I’m just a simple guy. I love being at my house with my family. I love playing dominos and card games and hunting and fishing. That’s just what I like to do.
If you’d asked me at 30 where I’d be during the Masters when I was 46, I’d have pictured myself on a boat fishing, smoking a cigar, drinking a mint julep and watching it on television.
Modibo Maiga, Guy Demel and Momo Diame can’t understand how you go fishing and chuck them back. They say, ‘Bring it in, I’ll eat it.’
when one went fishing in information networks, one also became fish food.
Carol O’Connell
You won’t find one fish in a million that has enough sense to come in when it rains.
Fish and visitors stink in three days.
Perhaps fishing is, for me, only an excuse to be near rivers.
. . . had I a river I would gladly let all honest anglers that use the fly cast line in it, but, but where there is no protection, then nets, poison, dynamite, slaughter of fingerlings, and unholy baits devastate the fish, so that ‘free fishing’ spells no fishing at all.
Water its living strength first shows, When obstacles its course oppose.
What I miss most about living in Alaska is the fishing.
A cigar has “…a fire at one end and a fool at the other.”
Fishing is a… discipline in the equality of men – for all men are equal before fish.
I am firmly convinced that the ideal combination leading to a happy life is to have the time to both fish and read.
Brian Murphy
My mom, dad and me were a compact group. They instilled in me a love for the outdoors. On school breaks, we’d go fishing for a week in the wilds of Alaska or Canada. The land was always in their souls.
The truth is, fish have very little sex life. If you have ever tried to make love under water, you will know why.
I told a lie the other day. I said that I’d caught a ‘bunch’ of trout. What I should have said is that I caught a little trout that I named Bunch. There, I?ve confessed and now I feel much better.
Jimmy Moore
If pinpointing God’s presence were really that simple, then he supposed the beaches would be more crowded in the mornings. They would be filled with people on their own quests, instead of people jogging or walking their dogs or fishing in the surf.
Has it ever struck you that trout bite best on the Sabbath? God’s critters tempting decent men.
Baby’s fishing for a dream, fishing near and far. His line a silver moonbeam is, his bait a silver star.
Alice Riley
One of the first rules in fishing is that there are few rules in fishing that resourceful trout do not manage to break.
In reality, I never even got to have a Hank Williams instrument. I got a tie, a fishing lure and a check.
I object to fishing tournaments less for what they do to fish than what they do to fishermen.
Our tradition is that of the first man who sneaked away to the creek when the tribe did not really need fish.
Outside of my family and my work, I have two passions, both instilled in me by my father: golf and fishing.
A couple of months ago I went fishing with a buddy of mine, we pulled his boat into the dock, I lifted up this big ‘ol stringer of bass and this idiot on the dock goes, Hey, y’all catch all them fish? Nope – Talked ’em into giving up. Here’s your sign.
The number one rule of fishing is be quiet. Don’t scare the fish!
My earliest memory from childhood is of fishing with my father. And I remember vividly we were in a store, and we were buying a pup tent to go on our first camping trip.
If there were fish in the lake, fishing would make no sense.
I know that I can sing really loud. It’s like having that really big Evinrude engine on the back of your fishing boat. But I’ve been trying to be more dynamic with my voice and not just singing on ten all of time out of terror.
A man should think when he fishing of all manner and shape of things, flowing as easily through the mind as the light stream among the rocks
I’d go fishing and always pretend I would catch the biggest fish. I’d stay out there for hours after everybody else left until I caught something. When I shot baskets, I was always the coach and star player and always made the winning shot.
Somebody might say that they always wanted to be a fly-fishing guide in Montana and maybe they’ll never get to do that but just by the virtue of having said it out loud, I think there’s some power in that.
The pool was but a stone‘s throw from the house, and I arrived there in a few minutes, only to find a boy disturbing the water by dredging it with a worm. Him I lured away with a cake of chocolate. . . . Every day I see the head of the largest trout I ever hooked, but did not land.
What do I think about when I’m fishing? I don’t really know. Mate, I just think about how I’m going to catch my next fish.
My favorite memories growing up in North Carolina were hunting and fishing with my father and brothers. There, I developed a deep appreciation for protecting land and waterways. There, I learned outdoorsmanship.
…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.
The creatures with whom we share the planet and whom, in our arrogance, we wrongly patronize for being lesser forms, they are not brethren, they are not underlings, they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the Earth.
Desire for an idea is like bait. When you’re fishing, you have to have patience. You bait your hook, and then you wait. The desire is the bait that pulls those fish in-those ideas.
I didn’t grow up in the ocean — as a matter of fact — near the ocean — I grew up in the desert. Therefore, it was a pleasant contrast to see the ocean. And I particularly like it when I’m fishing.
There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of the mind.
If all politicians fished instead of spoke publicly, we would be at peace with the world.
Do you want to tear your life apart and get rid of everything you’ve known as a lifestyle? Like seeing your family? Being with your friends? A fishing trip? A hunting trip? A night’s sleep?
I do fish, and as a matter of fact, I used to do a lot of deep sea fishing, but as far as going into the water, I don’t go out deep into the water.
I have a very great fear of love. It is so personal. Let each bird fly with its own wings, and each fish swim its own course.–Morning brings more than love. And I want to be true to the morning.
We’ve been some cool places fishing. My parents and my family all went up to Alaska. We fished for king salmon, and that was really neat.
I’ve been a straight man for so many years that from force of habit I repeat everything. I went out fishing with a fellow the other day and he fell overboard. He yelled, Help! Help! Help! so I said, Help? Help? Help? And while I was waiting for him to get his laugh, he drowned.
One of my uncles was actually a sapper who cleared land mines for Anzacs, Australian soldiers, and we had to flee Vietnam. There were 40 of us on a 9-meter fishing boat. We were at sea for five days, a very perilous journey. We were attacked by pirates twice.
I’ve probably got the most loyal hardcore fans in the music business. You know, I can sit around, go fishing, do ten shows a year, fifteen, none, twenty, and it’s just fantastic. Because they know I shoot straight and I don’t talk bull.
Leave part of the yard rough. Don’t manicure everything. Small children in particular love to turn over rocks and find bugs, and give them some space to do that. Take your child fishing. Take your child on hikes.
On the face of it there is a pristine white sandy beach, but within an hour, around 100 of us can collect up to 250-300 kilos of rubbish. It’s mostly bits of plastic, fishing line, nylon, bottle caps. We’ve found everything.
I can’t bear fishing. I think people look like fools sitting watching a line hour after hour-or else throwing and throwing, and catching nothing.
My most precious possession is a 13.5-feet-long fishing rod, made by an American firm called Loomis.
The fishing is a great relief for me. When I’m out there’s no cell phone ringing. I’m out there fishing with bears. I’m in the middle of God’s country catching tons of fish. I just absolutely love it.
Aquatic animals suffer from the disadvantage that they cannot scream when in pain, so we find it hard to gauge the degree of their agony. If fish could scream, angling purely for sport would be outlawed without delay.
And one thing I can be proud of is we have a ‘Come and Try Fishing’ day every year. And there’s 20 venues throughout the state, and see, these thousands of kids who’ve never been fishing come along.
Most people are sensitized to animals through their cats and dogs, but for me it was a flounder. I used to go fishing with my dad as a kid and always felt bad about yanking these panic-stricken creatures from the water. I stopped eating fish as an adolescent and went vegan at twenty.
I do hunt, and I do fish, and I don’t apologize to anybody for hunting and fishing.
If ever there was a fish made to endure, it is the Atlantic cod… But it has among its predators – man, an openmouthed species greedier than cod.
‘Mustanging’ was like trout fishing. It is always the big ones that get away. When you did get a bunch of them into a corral, you found they did not look half so large and handsome as when they were first sighted on the prairie.
Will C. Barnes
I did a lot of crazy gigs man. I hosted a Jack and Jill strip club in Woonsocket Rhode Island which is this tiny depressing fishing town, all Portuguese immigrants and it’s just a humorless, dark town.
There will be days when the fishing is better than one’s most optimistic forecast, others when it is far worse. Either is a gain over just staying home.
To fish in troubled waters.
I hate the outdoors. To me the outdoors is where the car is.
According to the group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, fish have feelings too. Whenever my sons go fishing they always tell me, “Dad it doesn’t hurt a fish to get hooked.” Well I watch and I see and I believe it’s painful for the fish.
A Rod: An attractively painted length of fiberglass that keeps an angler from ever getting too close to a fish.
The savage in man is never quite eradicated.
There’s an absolute surety to the hands-on conservation lifestyle of hunting, fishing and trapping where you know you’re going to consume today.
In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing.
Killing of animals for food is one thing, but on the other hand they do not exist simply as things to be slaughtered. This is true of fishing, too. Many men fish and leave their victims to rot and stink. But what about the fish? Has he no rights – not to be romanticized as though he were a man – but real rights?
Such a man has some right to fish, and I love to see nature carried out in him.
I now believe that fishing is far more important than the fish.
Maoris now own over half the commercial fishing industry in New Zealand.
When I am fishing, I think quite a lot about the fish, but I also think about the book I’m writing.
Some of my best memories of growing up on Long Island include spending all day fishing for fluke on Great South Bay.
I love playing rock music, man. You give me a guitar in my hands, and I go out there, and, for me, it’s like…you know, some dudes like hunting, fishing, going out and playing ball in the backyard with their buddies on a rainy day. I like being out with my buddies playing rock guitar. That’s what I love to do.
Robby Takac
I would love to do something like ‘Fishing With John.’
I know he wanted me to love fishing and hunting, and I believe that he deliberately set about to make me want to do it on my own initiative.
Reading the features you would get the impression that this year’s crop of rods will allow you to cast from here to eternity, with a rod so light you need to tie it to your wrist to stop it blowing away.
I’m lucky in that I travel a lot for work. I also manage several holidays a year. I’m not someone who sits in the sun or goes sightseeing, though. If I go away, it will be for fishing or something like that.
It’s like a jumble of huts in a jungle somewhere. I don’t understand how you can live there. It’s really, completely dead. Walk along the street, there’s nothing moving. I’ve lived in small Spanish fishing villages which were literally sunny all day long everyday of the week, but they weren’t as boring as Los Angeles.
It requires a certain kind of mind to see beauty in a hamburger bun. Yet is it any more unusual to find grace in the texture and softly carved silhouette of a bun than to reflect lovingly on the hackles of a fishing fly? Or the arrangements and textures on a butterfly‘s wing? Not if you are a McDonalds’s man.
Game fish are too valuable to be caught only once.
There are always new places to go fishing. For any fisherman, there’s always a new place, always a new horizon
I grew up in Florida, started fishing with my dad going down to the Everglades and around the state, plus some offshore stuff for sails and wahoo – but I never really got the bug until my husband and I went float fishing on the Snake River at Jackson Hole for trout – I’ve been pretty much addicted ever since.
I pass my time in the open air on the beach when it is really heavy weather or when the boats go out fishing.
Write. Remember, people may keep you (or me) from being a published author but no one can stop you from being a writer. All you have to do is write. And keep writing. While you’re working at a career, while you’re raising children, while you’re trout fishing–keep writing! No one can stop you but you.
I fished a little while ago with a man, not in his first youth, who had wasted the flower of his life on business and golf and gardening and motoring and marriage, and had in this way postponed his initiation (to fly fishing) far too long.
As the old fisherman remarked after explaining the various ways to attach a frog to a hook, it’s all the same to the frog.
She is such a good friend that she would throw all her acquaintances into the water for the pleasure of fishing them out again.
I’m probably going to be retired fishing somewhere in the north of Australia with not a tennis ball in sight.
Fish sense, applied in the field, is what the old Zen masters would call enlightenment: simply the ability to see what’s right there in front of you without having to sift through a lot of thoughts and theories and, yes, expensive fishing tackle.
The lightly-jumping, glowrin’ trouts, That thro’ my waters play.
…there are few things deader than a dead brown trout stream.
If you want to maintain a sustainable supply of fish you have to farm the fish, rather than mine them. So putting your money into fishing fleets that are going to exacerbate the problem by over-fishing is not the way to preserve the underlying asset.
I enjoy hunting, but if I had my choice to go deer hunting or bass fishing, I’d take bass fishing any day of the week. I enjoy both of them, but yeah, I’m a very outdoorsy guy.
All good things come by grace, and grace comes by art, and art does not come easy.
Fish slowly and thoroughly. Haste never pays dividends. Don’t whip the stream to a froth. Make fewer cast, make them to places which count an fish each cast out instead of lifting it prematurely
There comes a time in every man‘s life when he is either going to go fishing or do something worse.
O scaly, slippery, wet, swift, staring wights, What is ‘t ye do? what life lead? eh, dull goggles? How do ye vary your vile days and nights? How pass your Sundays? Are ye still but joggles In ceaseless wash? Still nought but gapes and bites, And drinks, and stares, diversified with boggles.
I’m only wishing to go a-fishing;For this the month of May was made.
It is good even to be a fisherman in summer and in winter.
Now, revealing that you’re a keeper is no guarantee that this guy won’t just walk away. Some men really are just sport fishing and have no intention of doing anything more than throwing back the women they bed. If this is the cae with this man, then let him walk-what do you care? He’s not the guy you’re looking for.
I was 35 years old and in a position to take a shot at whatever I wanted to try. The Air Force said I was too old to fly fighter jets. I thought about becoming a fishing boat captain, before deciding that acting seemed pretty cool.
I thought, as I have my living to get, and have not eaten today, that I might go a- fishing. That’s the true industry for poets. It is the only trade I have learned.
Think of a public library, worth more for those who cannot afford numerous books. Think of a public waterway or fishing ground. All types of commons have imputed monetary value that together comprise a source of social income. As such, the commons reduces economic inequality and insecurity in society.
People go fishing and hunting and playing basketball and hiking and skydiving and all kinds of things that can hurt you seriously, and they don’t have to stop doing that when they get older.
The trouble is, you can’t properly present something you don’t believe in.
A sly old fish, too cunning for the hook.
If commercial fishing were excluded from large areas of the sea, the total catch would be likely, paradoxically, to rise, due to what biologists call the spillover effect.
I play guitar quite a bit, because I’m always in search of something. I don’t play to jam, but because I’m fishing. I’m looking for something, that I hope you can never find. If I do find it, I’m afraid I won’t have a need to do this any more.
The fishing is best where the fewest go and the collective insecurity of the world makes it easy for people to hit home runs while everyone is aiming for base hits.
It must be observed that fishing with any living bait is to be condemned for the same reason as fishing with a worm: in all such instances we torture two animals at once for our amusement.
Renewables need to be developed in an environmentally responsible way. And, you know, I frankly have heard criticisms from even environmentalists saying that some wind farms impact gaming and fishing patterns, whether it’s offshore or onshore.
Hong Kong never had prestige. It’s gone from fishing village to where it is today.
What a tourist terms a plague of insects, the fly fisher calls a great hatch.
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?
Datin’is a lot like fishin’. Sometimes catch and release is the best method.
The end of commercial fishing is predicted long before the middle of the 21st century.
The gods do not deduct from man’s allotted span the hours spent in fishing.
There’s nothing like fishing to pass the time and to incline toward a sort of magnificent stupidity in which nothing matters but tackle, bait, sunlight and the strike.
I imagine that no art has ever been learned from books. fly-fishing is no exception.
G. E. M. Skues
Interest and proficiency in almost any one activity-swimming, boating, fishing, skiing, skating-breed interest in many more. Once someone discovers the delight of mastering one skill, however slightly, he is likely to try out not just one more, but a whole ensemble.
I like metal detecting, collecting Civil War artifacts, fishing, hunting, cigars, Labradors, the outdoor life, my baseball game, football.
All fish are not caught with flies
I am, out of the ladiescompany, like a fish out of the water.
Thomas Shadwell
I think it’s time for me to get out, because at the moment I’m only thinking about fishing 21 hours a day, and they’re the waking moments. And even when I close my eyes I’m thinking about it.
I walked to the lake and sat on the shore for a few minutes, just staring at the moonlight on the water. Moonlight never gets old.
Fishing in a bucket. The total hopelessness of the activity was very soothing. It was the perfect sport. Without the emotional stresses of success and failure, she was entirely free to enjoy the pleasures of the moment… It was a good hobby, and cheap, and if more people did it more often
There is no such thing as too much snow.
Doug Coombs
My hobby is fishing for girls.
Tom Kaulitz
Wherever the trout are, it’s beautiful.
Fishing is a constant reminder of the democracy of life, of humility, and of human frailty. The forces of nature discriminate for no man.
Don’t wait until you retire to go fishing. Don’t even wait until your annual vacation. Go at every opportunity. Things that appear more urgent at the moment may, in the long run, turn out to be far less so.
My dad is very successful in his business. He’s always been big in having hobbies and having little ways to get away. He always made time for hunting and fishing. He always encouraged me to do it.
I was an only child of a father who loved me deeply, but we didn’t play catch, even though I was an athlete. We didn’t go fishing or hunting or any of the things I wanted to do. Why not? He just didn’t do that.
The traveler fancies he has seen the country. So he has, the outside of it at least; but the angler only sees the inside. The angler only is brought close, face to face with the flower and bird and insect life of the rich riverbanks, the only part of the landscape where the hand of man has never interfered.
Laws: We know what they are, and what they are worth! They are spider webs for the rich and mighty, steel chains for the poor and weak, fishing nets in the hands of government.
I was always into playing outside as a kid; being outdoors is just a part of who I am. I owe this to both my parents, who exposed me to hunting and fishing at a young age.
My childhood was basically divided between fishing and roaming the woods and hiding out in my bedroom. Maybe things would’ve turned out differently if I’d had a TV in there; who knows.
The wilderness does not make you forget your normal life so much as it removes the distractions for proper remembering.
A thousand hills, but no birds in flight,
Ten thousand paths, with no person’s tracks.
A lonely boat, a straw-hatted old man,
Fishing alone in the cold river snow.
Liu Zongyuan
I should never make anything of a fisherman. I had not got sufficient imagination
Often I have been exhausted on trout streams, uncomfortable, wet, cold, briar scarred, sunburned, mosquito bitten, but never, with a fly rod in my hand have I been less than in a place that was less than beautiful.
Comprehensive climate legislation must be passed so that we can ensure a world where this and future generations can experience the bliss of breathing clean crisp air, while fishing in the Adirondacks… and being able to eat the fish afterwards.
The great fish eat the small.
Alexander Barclay
O, sir, doubt not that Angling is an art; is it not an art to deceive a trout with an artificial fly?
If we carry purism to it’s logical conclusion, to do it right {fishing} you’d have to live naked in a cave, hit your trout on the head with rocks, and eat them raw. But, so as not to violate another essential element of the fly-fishing tradition, the rocks would have to be quarried in England and cost $300 each.
In a pine tree behind me, an eagle waits out the rain, hunched into himself, brooding. Crows squabble, a murder chasing a raven. Seals cruise the lines of fishing nets bobbing in the water, hoping for an easy meal, the tender bellies of salmon.
What are more delightful than one’s emotions when approaching a trout stream for the initial cast?
Nash Buckingham
Fishing is a quest for knowledge and wonder as much as a pursuit of fish; it is as much an acquaintance with beavers, dippers, and other fishermen as it is the challenge of catching trout.
The only thing bad about winning the pennant is that you have to manage the All-Star Game the next year. I’d rather go fishing for three days.
If people don’t occasionally walk away from you shaking their heads, you’re doing something wrong.
Or whipping its rough surface for a trout.
I’ve had some amazing people in my life. Look at my father – he came from a small fishing village of five hundred people and at six foot four with giant ears and a kind of very odd expression, thought he could be a movie star. So go figure, you know?
Bragging may not bring happiness, but no man having caught a large fish goes home through an alley.
I grew up fishing, but I’m actually a bigger hunter than I am a fisher.
Writing is the most fun you can have by yourself.
Before exulatation had vanished, I felt as if I had been granted a marvellous privilege. Out of the inscrutable waters a beautiful fish had somehow leaped to show me fleetingly the life and spirit of his element.
If your rod weighs six ounces, your reel nine, and your line another ounce or two, it means that you are holding a pound of weight in your casting hand – much of the time at arm’s length – all the time you fish. Try carrying a pound of butter around that way for four or five hours.
The curious thing about fishing is you never want to go home. If you catch something, you can’t stop. If you don’t catch anything, you hate to leave in case something might bite.
… the fishermen of Port Sonas care only for the two things, fishing and women. And there’s some that are no’ that keen on the fishing.
Fishing has been part of our culture since we landed here.
If you’re trout fishing in the lochs of Scotland, your catch may end up like this: batter-crusted with that ubiquitous Scottish staple, oats; and served beside a generous mound of stovies, Scottish slang for stove-roasted potatoes.
The worst part of losing good fish is that you cannot release them. They tailwalk across the back of your mind for days.
Christopher Camuto
After a solid day of fishing, I’m craving something hearty. That’s where a jug of buttermilk comes in. Poaching fish in buttermilk yields the luscious texture and pure flavor, but with a more substantial richness and a poaching liquid you’ll want to lap up with a spoon.
Death is like a fisherman, who, having caught a fish in his net, leaves it in the water for a time; the fish continues to swim about, but all the while the net is round it, and the fisherman will snatch it out in his own good time.
Sure, I could retire anytime. I don’t need to work for money. But retire to what? Sitting around the pool reading? Or even trout fishing. I love trout fishing, and I go every time I get a chance. But a man with pride in his profession need to work.
The only sure way of avoiding these evils [vanity and boasting] is never to speak of yourself at all. But when, historically, youare obliged to mention yourself, take care not to drop one single word that can directly or indirectly be construed as fishing for applause.
These enthusiasts often like to hang signs that say “Gone Fishin'” or “Gone Huntin'”. But what these slogans really mean is “Gone Killing.
Anglers may be divided into almost as many genera and species as the fish they catch, and engage in the sport from as many impulses.
Thaddeus Norris
Cool! Now I can steal some rich old coot’s Ferrari and go fishing for marlin with the same piece of jewelry.
I get to be a real adventurer with my fishing work. The acting work is free, I always say I get paid for the waiting around.
Icelandic people are inbred. And they have a sense of themselves as genetically special, and a history of risk-taking because they make their living on the high seas fishing. Assets generally rose in value during this period, and so it looked like they actually knew what they were doing.
When I was doing the breakfast show, I used to get up at three o’clock in the morning and go fishing before doing the show.
The best time to go fishing is when you can get away.
The kind of fishing that I do is pretty much bass, trout or freshwater fishing.
I do like going out and finding free food. I’ve done it since I was a child. Fishing prawns and shrimps from the sea is wonderful, as is picking blackberries, sloes and mushrooms. Having a guide while out looking for mushrooms is really important, though, as picking the wrong type can be quite dangerous.
In politics, as in fishing, you don’t have to be a genius. You just have to be smarter than the fish.
Ze’ev Chafets
The sport and game of angling is the true means and cause that brings a man into a merry spirit, which makes a flowering age and a long one.
Juliana Berners
There is much work to do to protect forests from over-timbering and oceans and lakes from over-fishing. We need to encourage and reward companies that create jobs to reduce the carbon footprints of offices and buildings and homes.
I grew up spear-fishing, so I’ve always had a breath hold.
The sheen of ocean gleams on the blue fish-plate.
One guy that I wish was here right now, Ted Williams, helped me so much, our long talks, not about hitting but about fishing, one of Ted’s passions, and I wish he was here today to share this with me because I owe so much to Ted Williams.
I grew up hunting and fishing, as did my family. But then I served in the military.
Sleeping we imagine what awake we wish; D ogs dream of bones, and fishermen of fish.
Fishing is a hard job. Fishing at night. Rain. Day, night. You have to be wise and smart. And quick.
I did commercial fishing in Alaska in college. I was the only girl on a fishing boat. It definitely tested so many aspects of my personality.
The best largemouth bass fishing I’ve ever encountered was at Lake Huites, a vast impoundment on the outskirts of the Sierra Madre Occidentals in Sinaloa, Mexico.
I simply feel that the frontier of angling is no longer either ethical or geographical. The Bible tells us to watch and listen. Something like this suggests what fishing ought to be about: using the ceremony of our sport and passion to arouse greater reverberations within ourselves.
I didn’t think I had time for fishing before I fished.
All you need to be a fisherman is patience and a worm.
Herb Shriner
There is no more graceful and healthful accomplishment for a lady than fly-fishing, and there is no reason why a lady should not in every respect, rival a gentleman in the gentle art.
In this quiet, peaceful time of twilight there is, in this great circle of life, an awful lot of hunting and fishing and catching and killing and dying and eating going on all around me. As the old fisherman said, ‘That’s the way with life. Sometimes you eat well; sometimes you are well-eaten.’
Ill paddle board, swim in the ocean, roll in the sand, soak up the sun, eat good food, be with friends and family and go fishing with my dad.
Thank you, dear God, for this good life and forgive us if we do not love it enough. Thank you for the rain. And for the chance to wake up in three hours and go fishing: I thank you for that now, because I won’t feel so thankful then.
This dish of meat is too good for any but anglers, or very honest men.
My friend Ed Begley goes fishing. It’s a little smelly to me, I don’t like it so much. I like to eat fish, but I don’t like to catch them.
Hunting forces a person to endure, to master themselves, even to truly get to know the wild environment. Actually, along the way, hunting and fishing makes you fall in love with the natural world. This is why hunters so often give back by contributing to conservation.
If you ever wondered why fishing is probably the most popular sport in this country, watch that boy beside on the water and you will learn. If you are really perceptive you will. For he already knows that fishing is only one part fish.
I’ve spent as much of my life fishing as decency allowed, and sometimes I don’t let even that get in my way.
There are times when salmon play no part in the proceedings of a day that is obstensibly spent in their pursuit.
Dale Rex Coman
Fly-fishing for wild trout on quiet waters must be one of the toughest and craziest ways to catch fish ever invented by man, as well as among the most frustrating and humiliating.
Most fisherman, including this one, cling to their pet stupidities as they would to a battered briar or an old jacket; and their dogged persistence in wrong methods and general wrong-headedness finally wins the a sort of grudging admiration, if not many fish.
The reason I first ran for the state legislature didn’t start in a courtroom or in a lobbying firm or anywhere near Richmond, to be honest. It started in a little town on the Eastern Shore where I grew up on my family’s farm and spent a lot of time fishing and working on the Chesapeake Bay.
Out of the east on an Irish stallion came bounty hunter Dan His heart quickened and burdened by the need to get his man He found Pete peacefully fishing by the river, pulled his gun and got the drop He said, “Pete, you think you’ve changed, but you have not.
Every redneck‘s dream is to write a song and have it go on a fishing show.
If our father had had his way, nobody who did not know how to fish would be allowed to disgrace a fish by catching him.
Once I retire and slow down, I don’t want to be in New York. I want to be somewhere near a lake or a pond, so that on my days when I have nothing to do, I can go fishing.
The river , corrected the Rat, It’s my world…What it hasn’t got is not worth having.
Around the steel no tortur’d worm shall twine, No blood of living insect stain my line; Let me, less cruel, cast the feather‘d hook, With pliant rod athwart the pebbled brook, Silent along the mazy margin stray, And with the fur-wrought fly delude the prey.
It is to be observed that ‘angling’ is the name given to fishing by people who can’t fish.
Give me mine angle, we’ll to th’ river: there, My music playing far off, I will betray Tawny-finned fishes. My bended hook shall pierce Their slimy jaws; and as I draw them up, I’ll think them every one an Antony, And say, ‘Ah, ha! are caught!’
Unfortunately, marketing textbooks is like marketing fishing lures: the point is to catch fishermen, not fish. Thus many adopted textbooks are flashy to catch the eye of adoption committees but dull when read by students.
Once you get over the culture shock, Filey is a pleasant spot, particularly at the beginning or end of the summer, when the hotels are half full. The brave go in winter, when the wind can be bitter and biting and Filey resumes its real life as a tiny, introverted fishing community.
President Bush stopped off at a bass pro fishing store to pick up a fishing reel, some line and some rubber worms. He’s going to disappear and go fishing. So he must think he’s back in the National Guard.
[Man’s] life consists in a relation with all things: stone, earth, trees, flowers, water, insects, fishes, birds, creatures, sun,rainbow, children, women, other men. But his greatest and final relation is with the sun.
It’s not good fishing before the net.
Every last cast is actually a first cast. The first cast and first chance to catch the next fish. The next time you anguish about whether to make that last cast, forget it – the anguish that is – and cast away. The next fish caught on a last cast will not be the first.
If you tell Congress everything about the world situation, they get hysterical. If you tell them nothing, they go fishing.
Retire to what? I already play golf and fish for a living.
Julius Boros
I was just different. When the other kids gravitated to football or basketball I went fishing and skating. I was into trapping animals, pheasants and squirrels. Not only was I trapper. I was a taxidermist.
Gene Pitney
Life, according to Zen, ought to be lived as a bird flies through the air, or as a fish swims in the water.
Good things come to those who initiate.
There’s more B.S. in fly fishing than there is in a Kansas feedlot.
We are living in a science-fiction nightmare where children are gasping for breath on bad-air days because somebody gave money to a politician. And my children and the kids of millions of other Americans can no longer go fishing and eat their catch because somebody gave money to a politician.
He told us about Christ’s disciples being fisherman, and we were left to assume…that all great fishermen on the Sea of Galilee were fly fisherman and that John, the favorite, was a dry-fly fisherman.
If your concentration is getting bad, take up bass fishing. It will really improve your ability to focus. If you aren’t ready when that fish hits, you can’t set the hook.
Come warm weather, I’m going to take a kid fishing; I hope you do to. But nothing would make me happier than to look across the cove or down the stream and see a young one help an old one remember what it is like to be young in Springtime.
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.
A simple fishing boat in the midst of the rippling waters is enough to awaken in the mind of the beholder a sense of vastness of the sea and at the same time of peace and contentment – the Zen sense oof the alone.
If you aren’t a fisher you’ll see many things, but the river, except where it is ridden by waterfowl or waded by moose, will rarely enter your thoughts, much less stimulate your spirit. It’s different if you fish. The surface of the water tells a story.
Whoever came up with ice fishing must have had the worst marriage on the planet.
Jeff Cesario
It may be a weed instead of a fish that, after all my labour, I at last pull up.
I like to catch fish and release them. I probably haven‘t killed a fish that I’ve caught in sport fishing for 20 years. No reason to kill it. You know, just take it and release it.
I’m not much of a fly tier. I can do it—my friend calls it ‘ham and eggs tying’—and I tie some cool flies that I can’t buy in a fly shop, but other than that, I would no more sit down and tie a dozen hopper patterns than I would do something absolutely insane, like build a rod.
Old Filey lies around the Ravine, a glacial gash running down to Coble Landing. This is the fishing Filey of centuries past, with neat little terraced cottages and a cluster of attractive 18th century houses.
The fish is not so much your quarry as your partner.
Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. I drink at it; but while I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away, but eternity remains.
The only reason I ever played in the first place was so I could afford to hunt and fish.
Fly fishing is not about catching the fish. It is about enjoying the water, the breeze, the fish swimming all around. If you catch one, good. If you don’t…that is even better. That mean you come out and get to try all over again.
What is peddled about nowadays as philosophy, especially that of N.S. [National Socialism], but has nothing to do with the inner truth and greatness of that movement [namely the encounter between global technology and modern humanity] is nothing but fishing in that troubled sea of values and totalities.
Although it may not be a castle, [it is the] functional equivalent of a hotel room, a vacation and retirement home or a hunting and fishing cabin.
Consciousness of a fact is not knowing it: if it were, the fish would know more of the sea than the geographers and the naturalists.
Rock bottom; that’s a fishing term.
The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.
The way a good rod first flexes and then extends its muscles as the line quickens, tightens, rises off the water and does figure eights in mid-air is one of the miracles of humanly applied dynamics.
John Hillaby
Fly-fishing may be a very pleasant amusement; but angling or float fishing I can only compare to a stick and a string, with a worm at one end and a fool at the other.
Men go shopping just as men go out fishing or hunting, to see how large a fish may be caught with the smallest hook.
Anglers…exaggerate grossly and make gentle and inoffensive creatures sound like wounded buffalo and man-eating tigers.
Between the age of 30 and going fishing, none of my friendships had any of that magic dust of when you were young. There was a sort of functionality to them, just keeping in touch. ‘Oh, I should invite so and so, I haven’t seen them for ages.
The fish is swift, small-needing, vague yet clear, A cold, sweet, silver life, wrapped in round waves.
In our fields, on our fishing vessels, in our factories and our homes, there are people deprived of their freedom and trapped in a life of unimaginable suffering.
…water that isn’t fit for trout won’t much longer be fit for us.
Summer time an’ the livin’ is easy, Fish are jumpin’ an’ the cotton is high. Oh, yo’ daddy‘s rich, and yo’ ma’ is good-lookin’, So hush, little baby, don’ yo’ cry.
An ice-fishing shanty is basically a tin outhouse on a frozen lake, except that in an outhouse, the hole has a purpose. In ice fishing, the hole is what you stare at for hours, hoping that at some point you’ll break the monotony by falling in.
Along with being forever on the move, one is forever in a hurry, leaving things inadvertently behind-friend or fishing tackle, old raincoat or old allegiance.
Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.
Some people build fences to keep people out and we also do things everyday to keep people close – when we play ball and go fishing with our kids, we are doing it to keep them close and fenced in. That’s how relationships are built positively – we’re using fences to tell people that we love them.
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.
A lot of us who grew up in the country, hunting and fishing, being very familiar with the woods and dirt roads, have the skill set you need to fight fire.
The only kind of seafood I trust is the fish stick, a totally featureless fish that doesn’t have eyeballs or fins.
The sporting qualities of a fish are dependent neither on its size nor its weight, but on the effort of concentration, the skill and mastery the fish demands from the fisherman
Right now I am kicking around an idea to do a web talk show on a boat. Guests would come on and go fishing with me. I would like to take people who have never fished: You get them out on the water and they really open up.
I have fished through fishless days that I remember happily without regret.
I’ve got 21 years of experience now fishing professionally, and over that time I’ve learned a lot about how the bass react. A lot of people think there’s a lot of luck in fishing, and there really isn’t.
Kevin VanDam
There’s a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot.
There are more fish taken out of a stream than ever were in it.
When I grew up in Seattle, by the way, in the 70’s, it was a fishing village. There were loggers and fishers and my dad had a sewer company and it wasn’t the way Seattle is now. Culturally, it was very different back then.
They say fish should swim thrice * * * first it should swim in the sea (do you mind me?) then it should swim in butter, and at last, sirrah, it should swim in good claret.
Our dad used to take us fishing, and I still love it.
The greatest tragedy in life is to spend your whole life fishing only to discover it was never fish that you were after.
Cook ingredients that you are used to cooking by other techniques, such as fish, chicken, or hamburgers. In other words be comfortable with the ingredients you are using.
The two things that I miss most when living out of Australia are the bush and the Pacific coast, especially fishing in the surf at night!
If you’ve got short, stubby fingers and wear reading glasses, any relaxation you would normally derive from fly fishing is completely eliminated when you try to tie on a fly.
Towards thee I roll, thou all-destroying but unconquering whale… from hell’s heart I stab at thee.
The trouble with weather forecasting is that it’s right too often for us to ignore it and wrong too often for us to rely on it.
Patrick Young
I call intuition cosmic fishing. You feel a nibble, then you’ve got to hook the fish.
Fish slowly and thoroughly. Haste never paid dividends. Never wory about the fellow ahead of you. If you start racing to get ahaead of him, he’ll probably try to beat you, and from then on it will be nothing but a foot-race instead of a contemplative and inspiring recreation.
Back in Oklahoma, we always spent our vacations fishing. The kids slept in the cars while the grownups slept on the riverbank.
Loads of overtaking is boring. You go fishing and you catch a fish every ten minutes and it’s boring. But if you site there all day, and you catch one mega fish, you come back with stories that you caught a fish this big (indicates a big fish), intead of this size (indicating a small fish)
Eddie Irvine
Fishing from a boat seems like dilettante bullshit – like hunting wild boar with a can of spray paint from the safety of a pick-up truck
A trout fisherman is something that defieth understanding.
Place gifts of silver in our hands. Give us this day our daily fish.
Never open a can of worms unless you plan to go fishing.
Until I was twelve years old, I led this wandering life, fishing, swimming, and making moccasins.
Fly fishing is the most beautiful way of trying to catch a fish; not the most efficient, just as ballet is the most beautiful way of moving the body between between two points, not the most direct. Fly fishing is to fishing as ballet is to walking.
When you see a fish you don’t think of its scales, do you? You think of its speed, its floating, flashing body seen through the water… If I made fins and eyes and scales, I would arrest its movement, give a pattern or shape of reality. I want just the flash of its spirit.
Photography’s a case of keeping all the pores of the skin open, as well as the eyes. A lot of photographers today think that by putting on the uniform, the fishing vest, and all the Nikons, that that makes them a photographer. But it doesn’t. It’s not just seeing. It’s feeling.
It is public land and we will do our best to provide recreational activities. We are looking at initially allowing kayak access, wade fishing, bicycle access and walking access on some of the interior roads.
John Wallace
Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Give him a fishing lesson and he’ll sit in a boat drinking beer every weekend.
Alex Blackwell
My father was an important person, the director of the school. He could talk to anybody – simple or educated. He liked chess, fishing, and beautiful women.
We already heard from President Macron saying he won’t let Britain leave the customs union until we get access to their fishing grounds. You can then see the complexity in future, this will go on forever.
Perhaps I should not have been a fisherman, he thought. But that was the thing that I was born for.
I’m not a golf player. I think golf and fishing are the same, but at the end of the day, you can’t fry up and golf ball and dip it in tartar sauce. So I’m a fisherman.
We as songwriters are in the same position as a professional fisherman. Our fishing grounds are kind of fished out.
Golf is like hunting and fishing. What counts is the companionship and fellowship of friends, not what you catch or shoot.
George Archer
The Romans believed that what no man controls, no man can own. Justinian, writing in the sixth century AD, said that the air, flowing water, the sea and the seashore were common to all.
I don’t mind my hand shaking so much; it improves my S cast.
Why are you obsessed with fighting? Stick to fishing from now on!
Fishing provides time to think, and reason not to. If you have the virtue of patience, an hour or two of casting alone is plenty of time to review all you’ve learned about the grand themes of life.
Fishing in sustainable ways means fewer fish, higher quality, better price at the market. That is a formula that is good for the environment and the fisherman but bad for the consumer.
We use our land for hunting, fishing, hiking, and to create jobs. Our outdoor economy is a billion dollar economic engine for the state that creates jobs.
Flyfishing does have its social aspects – on some of our crowded trout streams it can get too social – but esentially it’s a solitary, contemplative sport. People are left alone with themselves in beautiful surroundings to try to accomplish something that seems to have genuine value.
My father was very sure about certain matters pertaining to the universe. 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.
As for me, tough duty though it may be, I continue to do my part for the commercial recreation industry. Fishing, boating, tennis, golf, running, hunting, and all of this. Horseshoes. It’s tough duty. Somebody has to do it, and I’m going to keep on.
The common fisheries policy unfortunately led to the devastation of fishing in Scotland. My dad had to close his business. As a result something that he been built up by by grandfather and maintained by my dad disappeared. So my dad suffered.
On tour, I’ll get up at 5 p.m. and go to bed at 8 in the morning. With fishing, it’s the exact opposite. Fishing is the only healthy thing I do. Touring is such a grind; it’s the opposite of healthy.
Food production is ripping the living world apart. Fishing and farming are, by a long way, the greatest cause of extinction and loss of the diversity and abundance of wildlife. Farming is a major cause of climate breakdown, the biggest cause of river pollution and a hefty source of air pollution.
The profound difference that divides the human race is a question of bait – whether to fish with worms or not.
The Polynesians used to have a system where they proclaimed a fishing area as ‘taboo.’ If any fisherman was caught fishing in a taboo area, they would be killed. The Polynesians understood that the fish had to be given a chance to recover.
There are worse things in life than death. Have you ever spent an evening with an insurance salesman?
In cross examination, as in fishing, nothing is more ungainly than a fisherman pulled into the water by his catch.
What I had mastered was fly-fishing Rule # 1: Remove all hooks from soft tissue under water, where near-freezing temperatures anesthetize exposed nerve endings and you can’t hear your fellow anglers’ hysterical laughter.
Anglers have a way of romanticizing their battles with fish.
I grew up fishing and hunting with my dad, knowing Garrett does that, he would fit in so well. I really like Garrett.
Fishing largely consists of not catching fish; failure is as much a part of the sport as knee injuries are of football.
We like visiting beaches and seeing the area. We went to St Mawes in Cornwall with my brother recently and spent the days crabbing, mackerel fishing and having barbecues.
There is a lot of amiable fantasy written about trout fishing, but the truth is that few men know much if anything about the habits of trout and little more about the manner of taking them.
Long after this wonderful event in the Earth’s history, when the human species was spread over a good deal of Asia, Europe, and Africa, migration to the American continents began in attempts to find new feeding grounds and unoccupied areas for hunting and fishing.
Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.
If Satch (Paige) and I were pitching on the same team, we would clinch the pennant by July fourth and go fishing until World Series time.
I didn’t really grow up watching a lot of films. I grew up in the middle of Texas in a very rural area, so we were always outside fishing or playing a sport – we were never in front of a TV watching films.
Every afternoon, I was in the pasture with cattle or fishing and shooting my BB gun. That kind of freedom allows imagination to develop.
In Portugal, my sculpture ‘She Changes‘ refers to the town’s fishing history, to the era of seafaring trade and discovery. The contemporary site is industrial, surrounded by red and white striped smokestacks, which is mirrored in the pattern of the sculpture.
I am, Sir, a brother of the angle.
Millions of Americans own dogs, because they are good-natured, simple, and easily amused. I am referring here to the Americans. The dogs are not exactly Mensa members either, but they definitely make better pets than tropical fish.
I’m really glad I had the chance to live in Jensen Beach and Stuart before everything exploded. I’m always going to be fond of that area. For me, it was a sleepy little fishing town, and it kind of represents what Florida was before the development explosion.
I learned to look up suddenly from a hatch or feeding frenzy and find myself momentarily removed from solid earth. I go fishing not to find myself but to lose myself
God quickened in the Sea and in the Rivers, So many fishes of so many features, That in the waters we may see all Creatures; Even all that on the earth is to be found,! As if the world were in deep waters drowned.
There is no use in your walking five miles to fish when you can depend on being just as unsuccessful near home.
Fishing, by its very nature, nourishes the imagination, feeding it with a potent fuel of hope and desire.
There is time to go long, time to go short and time to go fishing.
I could have been a top notch spy. People confess the most amazing secrets to me, even when I am not fishing for those nuggets. I must look trustworthy because I sit there with a video camera or a tape recorder while the stories pour out.
And if ye angler take fysshe; surely thenne is there noo man merier than he is in his spyryte.
Juliana Berners
People want to do authentic things. They want to go horseback riding, fishing, shooting or searching for turtle nesting spots on the beach.
Whether I caught fish or not, just the thrill of rolling out that line and watching my fly turn over has been good enough for me. That and the hundreds of treasured memories I have of this wonderful sport.
The two biggest things that translate from a pitching mound to hunting and fishing are patience and perseverance. When you’re on the mound, you have to take the game one pitch at a time, regardless of the score, and that approach helps when I’m in the woods or out on the water as well.
Who hears the fishes when they cry?
[T]is not all fishing to fish.
Here began countless days of hunting and snaring, fishing and gathering, roaming together through the woods, unloading our thoughts while we filled our game bags. This was the doorway to both sustenance and sanity. And we were each other’s key.
An undisturbed river is as perfect as we will ever know, every refractive slide of cold water a glimpse of eternity.
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.
Usually halfway through a book I have a serious depression, so I go on safari on my ranch in South Africa, or fishing off my island in the Seychelles. When I come back and re-read it, I think: ‘What was all that about, Smith? It’s fine, just get on with it.’
When I was a small boy in Kansas, a friend of mine and I went fishing. I told him I wanted to be a real Major League baseball player, a genuine professional like Honus Wagner. My friend said that he’d like to be President of the United States. Neither of us got our wish.
The man who goes fishing gets something more than the fish he catches.
Perhaps the time has come to formulate a moral code which would govern our relations with the great creatures of the sea as well as with those on dry land. That this will come to pass is my dear wish.
I long for a kind of quiet where I can just drift and dream. I always say getting inspiration is like fishing. If you’re quiet and sitting there and you have the right bait, you’re going to catch a fish eventually. Ideas are sort of like that. You never know when they’re going to hit you.
A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a king, and eat of the fish that hath fed of that worm
Never leave fish to find fish.
It’s mainly the high-end luxury market now that drives much of the fishing in the sea. It’s not feeding the starving millions. It’s feeding a luxury market.
My dad has a few boats, but I’m not into fishing.
The fun of fishing is catching ’em, not killing ’em.
Most wealth is inconspicuous. The man down the street driving the nice car and living in the mansion could easily have greater debt and a lower net worth than the stealthy and wealthy plumber who drives a beat-up truck but seems to work only when he doesn’t feel like fishing.
Coffee, whiskey, and fishing poles. That’s really all you need in life.
Most of the world is covered by water. A fisherman’s job is simple: Pick out the best parts.
Charles W. Waterman
Old Peter Grimes made fishing his employ; His wife he cabined with him and his boy, And seemed that life laborious to enjoy.
I’m not perfect and I know it. I’ve done all sorts of things that are frowned upon these days – big-game hunting, fishing. I still enjoy fishing but I don’t kill warm-blooded animals any more – I make an exception with birds sometimes.
I didn’t want to miss that opportunity to be able to enjoy an afternoon fishing with my dad which is something we had done growing up a ton of times on Lake Michigan and it was funny that it kind of turned into an attention thing than I expected and even more than if I would have gone to the draft.
If all the theories were correct, there wouldn’t be a fish left in all of our lakes and rivers and streams.
Hell, if I’d jumped on all the dames I’m supposed to have jumped on, I’d have had no time to go fishing.
And where the deepest current crawls/ Like thistledown the dainty fly falls./ Then from the depths a silver gleam/ Quick flashes, like a jewel bright./ Up through the waters of the stream/ An instant visible to sight/ As lightning cleaves to sombre sky/ A rainbow rises to the fly.
Consider the willful scorching of the earth, over-fishing, wasteful hunting, excessive and dangerous recycling of resources, and other similar “injustices” against the ways of nature share in the responsibility for this ecological spiraling down.
For at least the last 275 years the honesty of fishermen has been somewhat questionable. It should be noted that Izaak Walton whose book published in 1653 spoke not of anglers and , but anglers OR very honest men .
Fish stimulates the brain, but fishing stimulates the imagination.
A man … needs to get out in the open air and sweat and blow off the stink.
The only thing bad about winning the pennant is that you have to manage the All-Star Game the next year. I’d rather go fishing for three years.