So many good ones to choose from, but here are a few I like. Have any good ones? If so, share them below!
I often think of this one while driving my boat through rain, a long ways from the ramp:
“There is no use in walking five miles to fish when you can depend on being just as unsuccessful near home.”
I’ll offer two from my favorite fishing author, the “Mark Twain of fishing”:
“I used to like fishing because I thought it had some larger significance. Now I like fishing because it’s the one thing I can think of that probably doesn’t.”
“Sure, it was your idea and your fly, but he caught the big fish. Remember, fairness is a human idea largely unknown in nature.”
Having trouble catching fish? An old, old problem:
“Soon after I embraced the sport of angling I became convinced that I should never be able to enjoy it if I had to rely on the cooperation of the fish.”
—Sparse Grey Hackle
Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will also come with you.” They went out and got into the boat; and that night they caught nothing.
And my favorite, written poetically in A River Runs Through It, even better listening to Robert Redford narrate it at the close of the movie version he directed. Watch it here:
“Like many fly fishermen in western Montana where the summer days are almost Arctic in length, I often do not start fishing until the cool of the evening. Then in the Arctic half-light of the canyon, all existence fades to a being with my soul and memories and the sounds of the Big Blackfoot River and a four-count rhythm and the hope that a fish will rise.
Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of those rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs.
I am haunted by waters.”