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

if it was so easy they'd call it fly catching
if it was so easy they’d call it fly catching

There is no greater fan of fly fishing than the worm.  ~Patrick F. McManus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Smoked carp tastes just as good as smoked salmon when you ain’t got no smoked salmon.  ~Patrick F. McManus

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.  ~John Gierach

the finest gift to a fisherman
the finest gift to a fisherman

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.  ~Norman Maclean

In the best stories about fly fishing … big fish are caught or lost; people say wild and spontaneous words; event becomes memory and sometimes, in the hands of a master, bleeds into art.  ~Nick Lyons

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

Fishing is a delusion entirely surrounded by liars in old clothes.  ~Don Marquis

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

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

the really important things
the really important things

Bragging may not bring happiness, but no man having caught a large fish goes home through an alley.  ~Ann Landers

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

Game fish are too valuable to be caught only once.  ~Lee Wulff