Good old angling quotes


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I'll start.

“No life, my honest Scholar, no life so happy and so pleasant as the life of a well governed Angler; for when the lawyer is swallowed up with business, and the statesman is preventing or contriving plots, then we sit on cowslip banks, hear the birds sing, and possess ourselves in as much quietness as these silent silver streams, which we now see glide so quietly by us.”

--Izaak Walton, 1653

And Angling too, that solitary Vice
Whatever Isaac Walton sings or says –
The Quaint, old, cruel Coxcomb in his gullet
Should have a hook, and small trout to pull it.

--Lord Byron, 1823


Huge Fly Guy
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"that's why they call it fishin', not catchin'"

---author: every single instabro ever.

Honestly, I chuckle every single time I hear it....

edit: or say it to some poor unsuspecting fisher....

yes, I managed to slide that in when conversing with another angler over the weekend.
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You did not kill the fish only to keep alive and to sell for food, he thought. You killed him for pride and because you are a fisherman. You loved him when he was alive and you loved him after. If you love him, it is not a sin to kill him. Or is it more?

I liked this one from The Oldman and the Sea.


Huge Fly Guy
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oh, another favorite is "tight lines"

author/s: almost every fly fisher at some point early in their 'career' (at least the cool ones---according to them, just ask them)....some never grew out of this stage...

one more favorite:

"suck less, thanks"
Brad Bohen

There are even hats with this one on it...


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Walton shares with his readers the words of Sir Henry Wotton, a Provost of Eton College in the early 1600’s, who was:

…a most dear lover, and frequent practiser, of the art of Angling; of which he would say, ‘’T was an employment for his idle time, which was not then idly spent:’ for Angling was, after tedious study, ‘a time to rest his mind, a cheerer of his spirits, a diverter of sadness, a calmer of unquiet thoughts, a moderator of passions, a procurer of contentedness;’ and ‘that it begat habits of peace and patience in those that professed and practiced it.’

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