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Great Fishing Quotes

by: Lloyd Tackitt 1/31/2013
Everyone should believe in something; I believe I’ll go fishing.–Henry David Thoreau
There is no greater fan of fly fishing than the worm. –Patrick F. McManus
Scholars have long known that fishing eventually turns men into philosophers.  Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to buy decent tackle on a philosopher’s salary. –Patrick F. McManus

I have laid aside business, and gone a’fishing. –Izaak Walton

My biggest worry is that my wife (when I’m dead) will sell my fishing gear for what I said I paid for it. –Koos Brandt
I am not against golf, since I cannot but suspect it keeps armies of the unworthy from discovering trout. –Paul O’Neil

Creeps and idiots cannot conceal themselves for long on a fishing trip. –John Gierach

One thing becomes clearer as one gets older and one’s fishing experience increases, and that is the paramount importance of one’s fishing companions. –John Ashley-Cooper
Smoked carp tastes just as good as smoked salmon when you ain’t got no smoked salmon. –Patrick F. McManus

I think I fish, in part, because it’s an anti-social, bohemian business that, when gone about properly, puts you forever outside the mainstream culture without actually landing you in an institution. –John Gierach
Most fishermen swiftly learn that it’s a pretty good rule never to show a favorite spot to any fisherman you wouldn’t trust with your wife. –John Voelker
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Member comments
Flyrodn, CO   1/31/2013 11:21:27 AM
So much truth. I wonder who said, "So many fish, so little time."
Dangly, CO   1/31/2013 12:27:42 PM
Grumpy Gierach, from my town.
ObsessedFisherman, CO   1/31/2013 6:25:56 PM
good stuff thanks
tracks, CO   1/31/2013 6:32:35 PM
Fishing the St Vrain gives us locals an interesting perspective on fishing.. Of course I too hope my wife doesn't sell my fishing gear for what she thinks it's worth.
Coyute, CO   2/1/2013 8:52:19 AM
Church is like a pawn shop, you know the people in both establishments will try and fleece you, but you go in anyway. ~ JTN :)
cookster, CO   2/1/2013 9:26:59 AM
Fishing is like xxx, when it's good it's great, when it's bad it's still good.
cookster, CO   2/1/2013 9:29:03 AM
It's not how deep you fish, it's how you wiggle your worm.
RPG, CO   2/1/2013 9:41:10 AM
"You should have been here yesterday"
HeavyC, CO   2/1/2013 10:39:22 AM
"Imagine reaching for an apple on a tree and your hand is suddenly impaled by a metal hook that drags you,the whole weight of your body pulling on that one hand,out of the air and into an atmosphere in which you can't breathe. This is what fish experience when they are hooked for “sport"! Unknown Animal Rights Activist :)
HeavyC, CO   2/1/2013 10:41:38 AM
Ok, that was an ANIT fishing quote I thought was funny, but my fav Thoreau is Henry David Thoreau - "Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing it is not fish they are after." Took me many years to realize this myself! HC Out!
Flyrodn, CO   2/1/2013 10:56:14 AM
Again, not knowing who should be credited, a favorite of mine is, "Fishing isn't a matter of life or death. It's far more important than that."
Coyute, CO   2/1/2013 12:06:58 PM
“Of course it was not everyone who fished for trout who drove Epstein to give up the primary passion of his life, but only that percentage (growing daily, he believed) who qualified in his mind as trout anglers. Epstein’s trout angler had rules to govern every pleasure, and that was what Epstein most despised about him. But he also hated the fellow’s stuffiness and academic bent, his pipe and tweed hats, how vulnerable he looked in waders, his sheepish enthusiasm for following other trout anglers, his womanish sentimentality, the prissy way he ate and drank, his physical cautiousness, and his obsession with minutia: little flies, little rules, little tools hung all over his vest, the inventions of little tactical problems to make trout fishing seem harder than it is.” ~ Charles Gains (Seasons of the Angler)
Coyute, CO   2/1/2013 12:17:53 PM
"Bass fishermen watch Monday night football, drink beer, drive pickup trucks and prefer noisy women with big breasts. Trout fishermen watch MacNeil-Lehrer, drink white wine, drive foreign cars with passenger-side air bags and hardly think about women at all. This last characteristic may have something to do with the fact that trout fishermen spend most of the time immersed up to the thighs in ice-cold water." ~ unknown
skiman, CO   2/4/2013 10:41:29 AM
"Fishing is like understanding try and try and every once in awhile, you may just get it right!"
Ajax5240, CO   2/4/2013 11:04:49 AM
A bad day of fishing beats a good day of anything else. -Who hasn't said that.
nickD, CO   3/9/2013 3:01:21 PM
I see quotes here by the great Patrick F. McManus. I haven't read his stuff since I was much younger, but will have to go find those books in storage. Anyone who hasn't read McManus should give it a look. I can remember reading and laughing until my gut hurt. Good stuff!
catchn, CO   3/9/2013 9:59:08 PM
-Better to fish a hump than hump a fish. -All fisherman are liers except you and me ,... and I'm no so sure about you.
Fishful Thinker, CO   3/10/2013 8:57:56 AM
Fun blog! "Work is for those who can't fish"
Troutart inc., CO   3/19/2013 8:24:30 PM
another..I did not have se__ with that trout!...
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