Fisherman Quotes

October 9, 2011


Fly Fishing Frenzy

Here are some notable quotes about fishing to start you off right this week!

“To the Fisherman born there is nothing so provoking of curiosity as a fishing rod in a case”

Roland Pertwee

“The River God” (1928)

“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”

Norman Maclean

A River Runs Through It (1976)

“I reacted to Mom’s dilemma as a boatman with the strong thought forming in my young mind, “It’s better to be the fisherman than the rower.”

Joan Wulff

Fly Casting Techniques (1987)

“… perhaps the greatest satisfaction on the first day of the season is the knowledge in the evening that the whole rest of the season is to come.”

Arthur Ransome

“The First Day At The River”

Rod and Line (1929)

“The true fisherman approaches the first day of fishing with all the sense of wonder and awe of a child approaching Christmas.”

Robert Traver

Trout Madness (1960)

“An undisturbed river is as perfect as we will ever know, every refractive slide of cold water a glimpse of eternity.”

Thomas McGuane


An Outside Chance (1990)

“… 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 ….”

Izaak Walton

The Compleat Angler (1653)

“No angler merely watches nature in a passive way.  He enters into its very existence.”

John Bailey

Reflections on the Water’s Edge

“A man who fishes habitually for carp has a strange look in his eyes.”

Arthur Ransome


Rod And Line (1929)

“Hunting fishing are the second and third oldest professions, yet bonefishing is the only sport that I know of, except perhaps swordfishing, that combines both hunting and fishing.”

Stanley M. Babson

Bonefishing (1965)

“La Peche est ma folie.”

Duc De Choiseul (1761)

“I spent the entire dream fishing a single Griffith’s gnat.”

Harry Middleton

Rivers of Memory (1993)

“It is easy to tell tourists from tarpon.  Tarpon have a narrow, bony plate inside the mouth on the lower jaw.  Tourists have both upper and lower plates.”

Ed Zern

How to Tell Fish From Fisherman (1947)

“Take my friends and my home – as an outcast I’ll roam:  Take the money I have in the bank: It is just what I Wish, but deprive me of fish, And my life would indeed be a blank!

Lewis Carroll (1832-1895)

“The Two Brothers”

“Only those become weary of angling who bring nothing to it but the idea of catching fish”

Rafael Sabatini (1875-1950)



3 Responses to “Fisherman Quotes”

  1. Rob Woods Says:

    What about – “You’re gonna need a bigger boat!” – Sheriff Brody


    I’m actually just reading the Compleat Angler now…tough read but very cool to read about someone who loved fly fishing almost 500 years ago?


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