Fishing Quotes

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Favourite Fishing Quotes

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Inspriring Quotes

Arnold Gingrich Fishing Quotes

Fly-fishing is the most fun you can have standing up.

A trout is a moment of beauty known only to those who seek it.

John Gierach Fishing Quotes

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

Something to think about: If you fish the wrong fly long and hard enough, it will sooner or later become the right fly.

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.

Fly tackle has improved considerably since 1676, when Charles Cotton advised anglers to ‘fish fine and far off,’ but no one has ever improved on that statement.

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.

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 best fisherman I know try not to make the same mistakes over and over again; instead they strive to make new and interesting mistakes and to remember what they learned from them.

Izaak Walton Fishing Quotes

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

No life is so happy and so pleasant as the life of the well-govern’d angler.

Angling may be said to be so like the mathematics that it can never be fully learned.

Patrick F. McManus Fishing Quotes

The two best times to fish is when it’s rainin’ and when it ain’t.

There is no greater fan of fly fishing than the worm.

Henry David Thoreau

Everyone should believe in something; I believe I’ll go fishing.

Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.

Steven Wright Fishing Quotes

There’s a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot.

Last year I went fishing with Salvador Dali. He was using a dotted line. He caught every other fish.

Ernest Hemingway Fishing Quotes

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.

“Fish,” he said, “I love you and respect you very much. But I will kill you dead before this day ends.” (The Old Man and the Sea)

Nick Lyons Fishing Quotes

I fish better with a lit cigar; some people fish better with talent.

The season is ended. There was not enough of it; there never is.

Herbert Hoover Fishing Quotes

Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers.

Lots of people committed crimes during the year who would not have done so if they had been fishing. The increase of crime is among those deprived of the regenerations that impregnate the mind and character of the fisherman.

Be patient and calm – for no one can catch fish in anger.

There are only two occasions when Americans respect privacy, especially in Presidents. Those are prayer and fishing.

Fishing is a… discipline in the equality of men – for all men are equal before fish.

Norman Maclean Fishing Quotes

Many of us probably would be better fishermen if we did not spend so much time watching and waiting for the world to become perfect.

If our father had his say, nobody who did not know how to catch a fish would be allowed to disgrace a fish by catching him.

He told us about Christ’s disciples being fisherman, and we were left to assume…that all great fishermen on the Sea of Galilee were fly fisherman and that John, the favorite, was a dry-fly fisherman.

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.

Lefty Kreh Fishing Quotes

Most fishermen use the double haul to throw their casting mistakes further.

There’s more B.S. in fly fishing than there is in a Kansas feedlot.

Sparse Grey Hackle Fishing Quotes

The trout do not rise in the cemetery, so you better do your fishing while you are still able.

Fish are, of course, indispensable to the angler. They give him an excuse for fishing and justify the fly rod without which he would be a mere vagrant.
Sparse Grey Hackle

Lee Wulff Fishing Quotes

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?

Why does a salmon rise? Why does a small boy cross the street just to kick a tin can?

Game fish are too valuable to be caught only once.

Theodore Gordon Fishing Quotes

It is impossible to grow weary of a sport that is never the same on any two days of the year.

The great charm of fly-fishing is that we are always learning.

Anonymous Fishing Quotes

You should have been here yesterday.
[We’ve all heard that one!]

Fishing isn’t a sport. It’s a condition.

A bad day fishing beats a good day working.

Good things come to those who bait.

Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught.

There are two types of fisherman – those who fish for sport and those who fish for fish.

Fishing is the sport of drowning worms.

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.

An angler is a man who spends rainy days sitting around on the muddy banks of rivers doing nothing because his wife won’t let him do it at home.

The best way to a fisherman’s heart is through his fly.

Even if you’ve been fishing for three hours and haven’t gotten anything except poison ivy and sunburn, you’re still better off than the worm.

Other Great Fishing Quotes

If fishing is interfering with your business, give up your business.
Alfred W. Miller

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

Don’t tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don’t tell them where they know the fish.
Mark Twain

More than half the intense enjoyment of fly-fishing is derived from the beautiful surroundings, the satisfaction felt from being in the open air, the new lease of life secured thereby, and the many, many pleasant recollections of all one has seen, heard and done.
Charles F. Orvis

Fishing adds years to your life, and life to your years.
Homer Circle

Whether I caught fish or not, just the thrill of rolling out that line and watching my fly turn over has been good enough for me. That and the hundreds of treasured memories I have of this wonderful sport.
Curt Gowdy

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 lawn.
Chuck Clark

I’ll be really glad when I’ve had enough of this!
Fred J Taylor on cold weather fishing.

It has always been my private conviction that any man who pits his intelligence against a fish and loses has it coming.
John Steinbeck

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

Even eminent chartered accountants are known, in their capacity as fishermen, blissfully to ignore differences between seven and ten inches, half a pound and two pounds, three fish and a dozen fish.
William Sherwood Fox

There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of the mind.
Washington Irving

Give a man a fish and he has food for a day; teach him how to fish and you can get rid of him for the entire weekend.
Zenna Schaffer

No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.
Heraclitus

In these sad and ominous days of mad fortune chasing, every patriotic, thoughtful citizen, whether he fishes or not, should lament that we have not among our countrymen more fishermen.
Grover Cleveland

Reading about baseball is a lot more interesting than reading about chess, but you have to wonder: Don’t any of these guys ever go fishing?
Dave Shiflett

The angler forgets most of the fish he catches, but he does not forget the streams and lakes in which they are caught.
Charles K. Fox

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

When you are on the river, ocean or in the woods, you are the closest to the truth you’ll ever get.
Jack Leonard

Beginners may ask why one fishes if he is to release his catch. They fail to see that the live trout, sucking in the fly and fighting the rod is the entire point to our sport. Dead trout are just so much lifeless meat.
Ernest G. Schwiebert, Jr

May the holes in your net be no larger than the fish in it.
Irish Blessing

The gods do not deduct from man’s allotted span the hours spent in fishing.
Babylonian Proverb

All fishermen are liars; it’s an occupational disease with them like housemaid’s knee or editor’s ulcers.
Beatrice Cook

Never throw a long line when a short one will serve your purpose.
Richard Penn

I go fishing not to find myself but to lose myself.
Joseph Monniger

I am firmly convinced that the ideal combination leading to a happy life is to have the time to both fish and read.
Brian Murphy

A lot of people think there’s a lot of luck in fishing, and there really isn’t.
Kevin VanDam

Fishing provides that connection with the whole living world. It gives you the opportunity of being totally immersed, turning back into yourself in a good way. A form of meditation, some form of communion with levels of yourself that are deeper than the ordinary self.
Ted Hughes

All the romance of trout fishing exists in the mind of the angler and is in no way shared by the fish.
Harold F. Blaisdell

You can learn more from a guide in one day than you can in three months fishing alone.
Mario Lopez

I have fished through fishless days that I remember happily without regret.
Roderick Haig-Brown

I only make movies to finance my fishing.
Lee Marvin

Hell, if I’d jumped on all the dames I’m supposed to have jumped on, I’d have had no time to go fishing.
Clark Gable

Put backing on your line; even if you never use it. It helps you dream.
Jimmy D Moore

I salute the gallantry and uncompromising standards of wild trout, and their tastes in landscapes.
John Madson

If all politicians fished instead of spoke publicly, we would be at peace with the world.
Will Rogers

Fishing is not an escape from life, but often a deeper immersion into it.
Harry Middleton

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

There will be days when the fishing is better than one’s most optimistic forecast, others when it is far worse. Either is a gain over just staying home.
Roderick Haig-Brown

In every species of fish I’ve angled for, it is the ones that have got away that thrill me the most, the ones that keep fresh in my memory. So I say it is good to lose fish. If we didn’t, much of the thrill of angling would be gone.
Ray Bergman

Angling is extremely time consuming. That’s sort of the whole point.
Thomas McGuane

I’ve gone fishing thousands of times in my life, and I have never once felt unlucky or poorly paid for those hours on the water.
William Tapply

The fish and I were both stunned and disbelieving to find ourselves connected by a line.
William Humphrey

Most of the world is covered by water. A fisherman’s job is simple: Pick out the best parts.
Charles Waterman

In Mexico we have a word for sushi: Bait.
Jose Simon

Fishing costs like sin but requires heavier clothing.
L. C. Clower

I’d rather go fishing for three years.
Whitey Herzog

The only reason I ever played golf in the first place was so I could afford to hunt and fish.
Sam Snead

I am not against golf, since I cannot but suspect it keeps armies of the unworthy from discovering trout.
Paul O’Neil

Men and fish are alike. They both get into trouble when they open their mouths.
Jimmy D Moore

Work: a dangerous disorder affecting high public functionaries who want to go fishing.
Ambrose Bierce

The fishing was good; it was the catching that was bad.
A.K. Best

When I go fishing I like to know that there’s nobody within five miles of me.
Norman MacCaig

If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.
Doug Larson

If fishing is a religion, fly fishing is high church.
Tom Brokaw

Calling fishing a hobby is like calling brain surgery a job.
Paul Schullery

I love fishing. You put that line in the water and you don’t know what’s on the other end. Your imagination is under there.
Robert Altman