quote by Thomas Mcguane

We have reached the time in the life of the planet, and humanity's demand upon it, when every fisherman will have to be a river-keeper, a steward of marine shallows, a watchman on the high seas. We are beyond having to put back what we have taken out. We must put back more than we take out.

— Thomas Mcguane

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Cajun is country food by farmers and fisherman that arrived in Louisiana from Acadiana, Canada.


Maybe your stature as a fly fisherman isn't determined by how big a trout you can catch, but by how small a trout you can catch without being disappointed.

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

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?

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.


There's no such thing as too much power!

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

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.

Poets talk about "spots of time", but it is really the fishermen who experience eternity compressed into a moment. No one can tell what a spot of time is until suddenly the whole world is a fish and the fish is gone.

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


Our tradition is that of the first man who sneaked away to the creek when the tribe did not really need fish.

However far I gaze Neither cherry blossoms nor Crimson leaves are in sight.

Only a fisherman's hut on the shore In the autumnal evening.

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

The fishing was good; it was the catching that was bad.

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.


If you've got short, stubby fingers and wear reading glasses, any relaxation you would normally derive from fly fishing is completely eliminated when you try to tie on a fly.

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

This is what life does. It lets you walk up to the store to buy breakfast and the paper, on a stiff knee. It lets you choose the way you have your eggs, your coffee. Then it sits a fisherman down beside you at the counter who says, Last night, the channel was full of starfish. And you wonder, is this a message, finally, or just another day?

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.

The confirmed man of trout should resolve to get along with wood ticks.

Any other procedure would fail because the wood tick is determined to get along with trout fishermen.


A fisherman is always hopeful -- nearly always more hopeful than he has any right to be.

Perhaps I should not have been a fisherman, he thought. But that was the thing that I was born for.

"Work" does not exist in a nonliterate world.

The primitive hunter or fisherman did no work, any more than does the poet, painter, or thinker of today. Where the whole man is involved there is no work.

I came to all the realizations about sustainability and biodiversity because I fell in love with the way food tastes. And because I was looking for that taste I feel at the doorsteps of the organic, local, sustainable farmers, dairy people and fisherman.

In spite of a heavy disguise, a few days' growth on my face, dark glasses, a beret and one of William's jackets that fitted me not at all, as I emerged from a hotel in Lecce, a young fisherman pointed me out to his friends and said "Lavrenche Olivaire." It was not all that amazing; if you're not known in Italy, you're not known anywhere.


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.

In cross examination, as in fishing, nothing is more ungainly than a fisherman pulled into the water by his catch.

Fishermen, no matter what supreme good fortune befalls them, cannot ever be absolutely satisfied. It is a fundamental weakness of intellect.

Some people are under the impression that all that is required to make a good fisherman is the ability to tell lies easily and without blushing; but this is a mistake.

A positive attitude and an open mind are true characteristics of all good fishermen


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

Fishing is a quest for knowledge and wonder as much as a pursuit of fish;

it is as much an acquaintance with beavers, dippers, and other fishermen as it is the challenge of catching trout.

Catching fish is not a mental game between fish and angler.

A 'smart' trout is only smarter than other trout, not smarter than a fisherman. An angler must take the puzzle of the day's conditions, and matching those conditions and his knowledge of the fish come up with a good catch. He competes with a concept, not with a fish's brain.

There is a lot of lip service paid in this Congress and downtown at the White House about family values and small business. Who better represents family values and small business than the fishermen and women on the Oregon and California coast.