Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.
Fishing is a... discipline in the equality of men - for all men are equal before fish.
All men are equal before fish.
The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.
There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of the mind.
Angling may be said to be so like the mathematics that it can never be fully learned.
A trout is a moment of beauty known only to those who seek it.
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.
All good things come by grace, and grace comes by art, and art does not come easy.
Creeps and idiots cannot conceal themselves for long on a fishing trip.
The great charm of fly-fishing is that we are always learning.
The solution to any problem -work, love, money, whatever -is to go fishing, and the worse the problem, the longer the trip should be.
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?
Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.
If I fished only to capture fish, my fishing trips would have ended long ago.
Game fish are too valuable to be caught only once.
It is impossible to grow weary of a sport that is never the same on any two days of the year.
Angling is extremely time consuming. That's sort of the whole point.
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.
I go fishing not to find myself but to lose myself.