They say you forget your troubles on a trout stream, but that's not quite it. What happens is that you begin to see where your troubles fit into the grand scheme of things, and suddenly they're just not such a big deal anymore.— John Gierach
Eye-opening Great Fishing quotations
Silence is a source of great strength.
The solution to any problem -work, love, money, whatever -is to go fishing, and the worse the problem, the longer the trip should be.
Sometimes I find myself thinking, rather wistfully, about Lao Tzu's famous dictum: 'Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish.' All around me I see something very different, let us say - a number of angry dwarfs trying to grill a whale.
Make today so awesome, yesterday gets jealous.
Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.
The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters.
There is no greater fan of fly fishing than the worm.
He causes huge bodies like sun to proclaim His Majesty through His Names the All-Gracious, Great, reciting: ' O Glorious One, O Great One, O Mighty One', while tiny animate creatures like flies and fish proclaim His Mercy, reciting: 'O Gracious One, O Compassionate One, O Generous One
Great minds discuss ideas.Average minds discuss events.Small minds discuss people.
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.
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?
Fly-fishing is the most fun you can have standing up.
Failure is a great teacher, and, if you are open to it, every mistake has a lesson to offer.
Fishes live in the sea, as men do a-land; the great ones eat up the little ones.
If people don't occasionally walk away from you shaking their heads, you're doing something wrong.
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
Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.
Smoked carp tastes just as good as smoked salmon when you ain't got no smoked salmon.
Angling is extremely time consuming. That's sort of the whole point.
If I fished only to capture fish, my fishing trips would have ended long ago.
You need a little bit of insanity to do great things.
Creeps and idiots cannot conceal themselves for long on a fishing trip.
Rivers and the inhabitants of the watery element were made for wise men to contemplate, and fools to pass by without consideration.
It is impossible to grow weary of a sport that is never the same on any two days of the year.
To a great mind, nothing is little.
I've gone fishing thousands of times in my life, and I have never once felt unlucky or poorly paid for those hours on the water.
The fishing was good; it was the catching that was bad.
I frankly don't make much of a living, but I make a hell of a life.
Average people have great ideas. Legends have great execution.
Calling fishing a hobby is like calling brain surgery a job.
Most of the world is covered by water. A fisherman's job is simple: Pick out the best parts.
One great thing about fly fishing is that after a while nothing exists of the world but thoughts about fly fishing
Acknowledge all of your small victories. They will eventually add up to something great.
No life is so happy and so pleasant as the life of the well-govern'd angler.
It has always seemed to me that any man is a better man for being a hunter.
This sport confers a certain constant alertness, and develops a certain ruggedness of character....Moreover, it allies us to the pioneer past. In a deep sense, this great land of ours was won for us by hunters.
Perhaps the time has come to formulate a moral code which would govern our relations with the great creatures of the sea as well as with those on dry land. That this will come to pass is my dear wish.
It is a great thing to know the season for speech and the season for silence.
Here was peace. She pulled in her horizon like a great fish-net. Pulled it from around the waist of the world and draped it over her shoulder. So much of life in its meshes! She called in her soul to come and see.
I have fished through fishless days that I remember happily without regret.
Something to think about: If you fish the wrong fly long and hard enough, it will sooner or later become the right fly.
No one has ever made himself great by showing how small someone else is.
Right now I'd love to be sitting on a Greek island somewhere because of being Greek American, eating great octopus salad and some fantastic lamb. Or sipping a little ouzo. I think the Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest... Lots of nuts, vegetables, fruits, fresh fish, lean meats, yogurt.
O, sir, doubt not that Angling is an art;
is it not an art to deceive a trout with an artificial fly?
Aging is for people who don't know any better.
Greatness exists like an ocean within you.
Why do you want to act like a fish out of water, wriggling on the sand under the scorching sun? Look! The water is just one millimeter away! Jump in!
Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers.