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Yesterday I stirred the pot a bit much, unintentionally. Today to lighten things up a bit and to explain how I think about things. I would like to see some fishing quotes from people you admire or just connect to in regards to fly fishing. Here are a couple that I like. The first may not be directly about fly fishing but was written by a person I admire greatly and encourage all to read his books. The second is one that I always thought explained the fisherman well.

"I have been, all my life, what is known as a conservationist. It seems clear beyond possibility of argument that any given generation of men can have only a lease, not ownership, of the earth; and one essential term of the lease is that the earth be handed down on to the next generation with unimpaired potentialities. This is the conservationist's concern."

Roderick Haig-Brown

"Besides egotism there is in every fisherman a humor, a certain loquaciousness, a friendly levity, an inclination to argument, an inexplicable sense of the pleasure in idling hours along a river, and a peculiar tendency toward exaggeration which he can recognize in his companion, but is rarely capable of seeing in himself."

Zane Grey
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Kerry...very, very awesome quotes. Thanks for posting them!! Its amazing how a quote such as the second one could sum up so much in so few words. :THUMBSUP

Thanks again,
"fishing quotes from people you admire or just connect to in regards to fly fishing."

I heard this one yesterday, actually.....I saw this one.

"Hey, ya wanna see my teeth?" by Oldman.

It's all about having a good time.

"Flyfishing gives me a perspective on conservation and the environment unlike anything else. I Believe it comes from the tradition and the commitment to beauty which are so much a part of the sport. That, in turn leads to a unique appreciation for the natural world. And that is why I flyfish." - Lefty Kreh
All of my posts are tagged with the following quote: "If I don't catch them today, I'll catch them another day." It comes from the book Bright Rivers (my userID) by Nick Lyons, my favorite book about flyfishing (or about anything for that matter). Following is more an exerpt than a quote, but I'd like to take this opportunity to put my tag line in context:

"There is another reason Art spends less time on the water today. It's not his age; I'm nearly thirty years his junior and he'll wear me out any day. 'Lots of times,' he told me confidentially, 'when March Browns or Gray Foxes are on the water, I'll be on the stream in the late morning or afternoon, when they should be coming. But if they don't I think of my long-suffering wife' - he has one, too! - 'who has never said one word about my fishing, or when I should or shouldn't fish, in fifty years.' Mine has. 'I just haven't got the heart to stay out on the stream anymore, and lots of times now the flies will come after I've gone home to dinner. Back in the old days, I'd want to be there. I wouldn't miss one minute of it. But I've gotten over that feeling.' He pauses reflectively, then adds, 'If I don't catch them today, I'll catch them another day.' Art Flick, fisherman, usually does."

I have a wife and two kids now, and they are my first love (followed closely by flyfishing). Art Flick's sentiments are mine exactly.

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In the last few weeks I have learned the hard way that every little shred of literature you just quoted could not be closer to the truth. It took a mind opening experience to realize that the best things in life are your loved ones first and foremost, followed by your passions. I think I will go buy this book as it may contribute to making me a better person and a better fly fisherman. :THUMBSUP


Patrick --

It's better to learn the hard way that not learn at all, I guess. I tried to respond to you via e-mail but it was returned as undeliverable. Regarding "Bright Rivers," the book is out of print. I just checked Amazon.com and they have a used one for $6 that will ship in 2 business days. Mine is a limited edition leather-bound collector's edition (signed by the author :BIGSMILE) from Easton Press. I think they still have them, but they're slightly more spendy at $50. I hope you can get your hands on a copy as it will be worth your while. Nick Lyons has been called "the master of frustration." He speaks "for the poor guy who sits in his office all year dreaming, gets out for only two weeks a year, and then bungles everything." Very entertaining read.

Just bought the hard copy for 20.00 plus s/h. Very excited to read it. Thanks again,

My two favorite quotes are from Bill and Kate Howe (they often write in tandem)

1. Know your place in the food chain

2. Fish behave the same way whether you are there or not

my next favorite is from Ralph Cutter

"flies work because fish don't have hands"

They ain't flowery and they don't speak to the "spiritual core of the sportsman", but all three remind us what fish are, and what we are. Burn them into your mind, and you will be a better fisher.
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Here's one I saw recently; "Flyfishing is the art of managing your expectations."


For those hatch matchers out there - We simply immitate nature to fool nature.

from a friend of mine.

Tight Lines!
Here are two quotes I have, cannot remember who actaully said them:

"The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of something elusive yet attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope."

"Time spent fishing is not deducted from a man's life."
Here are two I like. The first is something of a personal credo; the second helps to keep me grounded (especially when I start taking the first too seriously).

"If the trout are lost, smash the state." - Thom McGuane

"A fishing rod is a stick, with a hook at one end and a fool at the other." - Samuel Johnson
"The real truth is, convincing a fish to strike is like playing string with a cat: the exact size and color of the string is probably less important than how you wiggle it.
And little cats are easier to fool than big ones."

John Gierach
And a not so famous quote I think worth repeating:

"If you have to write your ethics rules down, you've already lost."

Tom Clancy
"The Bear and the Dragon"

This sums it up for me:

"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
How about:

"There's a thin line between fishing and standing on the bank of a river like an idiot."-- Steven Wright
I can't quote this line I've always loved, but I can write of its essence. It was in a book by John Gerlach, one of my heros, he said something like this:
"When you are fishing, there are two kinds of guys, those in your party and then the assholes."
Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life... But it's a hell of a way to go through college.

Animal House
Anything from "The River Why" by David James Duncan is worthy of a quote. Some incredible, brilliant and funny passages about fishing in this book. Highly recommended.

Aaron J :HAPPY
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