01st September 2006
Keep true, never be ashamed of doing right; decide on what you think is right and stick to it.
Men with secrets tend to be drawn to each other, not because they want to share what they know but because they need the company of the like-minded, the fellow afflicted.
True fishermen are like an uncaught fish.
To fish is to be rich.
A true fisherman is only as good as the last fish caught.
Whom the gods would destroy
They first make a bonefisherman
Stanley M. Babson.
Like fish, people start to stink after three days.
"Writing is easy; all you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until the drops of blood form on your forehead."
I fish because I love to; because I love the environs where trout are found, which are invariably beautiful, and hate the environs where crowds of people are found, which are invariably ugly; because of all the television commercials, cocktail parties, and assorted social posturing I thus escape; because, in a world where most men seem to spend their lives doing things they hate, my fishing is at once an endless source of delight and an act of small rebellion; because trout do not lie or cheat and cannot be bought or bribed or impressed by power, but respond only to quietude and humility and endless patience; because I suspect that men are going along this way for the last time, and I for one don't want to waste the trip; because mercifully there are no telephones on trout waters; because only in the woods can I find solitude without loneliness; because bourbon out of an old tin cup always tastes better out there; because maybe one day I will catch a mermaid; and, finally, not because I regard fishing as being so terribly important but because I suspect that so many of the other concerns of men are equally unimportant - and not nearly so much fun.
- Robert Traver, 1964 (Judge John Voelker, 1903-1993)
If you think that fishing is a kind of religion it's not, it's more important than that.
Those who in their youth did not live in self harmony, and who did not gain the true treasures of life, are later like long-legged old herons standing sadly by a lake without fish.
"What people don't understand, they try and destroy"
"To be great is to be misunderstood."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"All fishermen are liars except you and me and to tell you the truth, I'm not so sure about you!"
"There is no friend as loyal as a book."
Enjoy thy stream oh, harmless fish,
And when an angler for his dish,
Through gluttony's vile sin,
Attempts a wretch to pull thee out
God give thee strength, oh, gentle trout,
To pull the rascal in.
"Rivers and the inhabitants of the watery elements are made for wise men to contemplate and for fools to pass by without consideration". Izaac Walton.
Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know. Ernest Hemingway
When a man picks up a fly rod for the first time, he may not know, he has been born again.
Joseph D. Farris.
Every man's life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.
We ask a simple question and that is all we wish; Are fishermen all liars?; or, do only liars fish?
William Sherwood Fox.
Of all the liars among mankind, the fisherman is the most trustworthy.
William Sherwood Fox.
Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught.
The gods do not deduct from man's allotted span the hours spent in fishing.
The writer must write what he has to say, not speak it.
Yes, madam, I am drunk. But in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly.
Work is for those who do not fly fish.
Men and fish are alike. They both get into trouble when they open their mouths.
Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.
It was a women that drove me to drink, I still can't find her to thank her!
No human being, however great, or powerful, was ever so free as a fish.
When everyone is going in one direction go the other! fishartist.
If you think that fishing is a kind of religion is not, its more important than that.
It's not the magic wand it's the magician.
When I first met my wife she looked good enough to eat, now I wished I ate her.
Less is more.
A fisherman was told he had put on weight, he replied Everytime I sleep with your wife she gives me a buscuit.