Catch and Release fishing is a lot like golf. You don't have to eat the ball to have a good time.
Even a bad day of fishing is better than a good day of work
I spend most of my life fishing, the rest I just waste."
Nothing grows faster than a fish from when it bites until it gets away.
The difference between fly fishers and worm dunkers is the quality of their excuses.
Work is for people who don't know how to fish.
Only an extraordinary person would purposely risk being outsmarted by a creature often less than twelve inches long, over and over again.
~ Janna Bialek
For the supreme test of a fisherman is not how many fish he has caught, not even how he has caught them, but what he has caught when he has caught no fish.
~ John H. Bradley
If fishing is like religion, then fly-fishing is high church.
~ Tom Brokaw
There's no taking trout with dry breeches.
~ Miguel de Cervantes
Three-fourths of the Earth's surface is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the
~ Chuck Clark
Fly-fishing may well be considered the most beautiful of all rural sports.
~ Frank Forester
Creeps and idiots cannot conceal themselves for long on a fishing trip.
~ John Gierach
A trout is a moment of beauty known only to those who seek it.
~ Arnold Gingrich
Somebody just back of you while you are fishing is as bad as someone looking over your shoulder while you write a letter to your girl.
~ Ernest Hemingway
To go fishing is the chance to wash one's soul with pure air, with the rush of the brook, or with the shimmer of sun on blue water. It brings meekness and inspiration from the decency of nature, charity toward tackle-makers, patience toward fish, a mockery of profits and egos, a quieting of hate, a rejoicing that you do not have to decide a darned thing until next week. And it is discipline in the equality of men - for all men are equal before fish.
~ Herbert Hoover
The gods do not deduct from man's allotted span the hours spent in fishing.
~ Herber Hoover
Fishing is the chance to wash one's soul with pure air. It brings meekness and inspiration, reduces our egoism, soothes our troubles and shames our wickedness. It is discipline in the equality of men--for all men are equal before fish.
~ Herber Hoover
There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of mind.
~ Washington Irving
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.
~ Samuel Johnson
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.
~ Charles Kingsley
I have many loves and Fly-Fishing is one of them; it brings peace and harmony to my being, which I can then pass on to others.
~ Sue Kreutzer
If people concentrated on the really important things of life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles.
~ Doug Larson.
To him, all good things - trout as well as eternal salvation- come by grace and grace comes by art and art does not come easy.
~ Norman Maclean from the book A River Runs Through It
The Essentials of a Good Fly-Hook: The temper of an angel and penetration of a prophet; fine enough to be invisible and strong enough to kill a bull in a ten-acre field.
~ G.S. Marryat
It's no fun throwing fastballs to guys who can't hit them. The real challenge is getting them out on stuff they can hit.
~ Sam McDowell
The two best times to fish is when it's rainin' and when it ain't.
~ 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
If fishing is interfering with your business, give up your business.
~ Alfred W. Miller
I am not against golf, since I cannot but suspect it keeps armies of the unworthy from discovering trout.
~ Paul O'Neil
There he stands, draped in more equipment than a telephone lineman, trying to outwit an organism with a brain no bigger than a breadcrumb, and getting licked in the process.
~ Paul O'Neil
Calling Fly-Fishing a hobby is like calling Brain Surgery a job.
~ Paul Schullery
Ours is the grandest sport. It is an intriguing battle of wits between an angler and a trout; and in addition to appreciating the tradition and grace of the game, we play it in the magnificent out-of-doors.
~ Ernest G. Schwiebert, Jr.
Many go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.
~ Henry David Thoreau
The best time to go fishing is when you can get away.
~ Robert Traver
And finally, I fish not because I regard fishing as being terribly important, but because I suspect that so many of the other concerns of men are equally unimportant, and not nearly so much fun. ~ John Volker
O, sir, doubt not that Angling is an art; is it not an art to deceive a trout with an artificial fly?
~ Isaak Walton
There's a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore like an idiot.
~ Steven Wright