quote by John Gierach

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

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Trout fishing quote Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned, and the last

Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned, and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.

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The solution to any problem -work, love, money, whatever -is to go fishing, and the worse the problem, the longer the trip should be.

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.

Trout fishing quote Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climd a tree, i

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climd a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

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.

All good things come by grace, and grace comes by art, and art does not come easy.

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?

Trout fishing quote Give a man a fish, he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, he will eat for a

Give a man a fish, he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, he will eat for a life time.

Trout fishing. One must be a stickler for proper form. Use nothing but #4 blasting caps, or a hand grenade, if handy, or at a pool well-lined with stone, one blast from a .44 magnum will bring a few stunned brookies quietly to the surface.

Angling is extremely time consuming. That's sort of the whole point.

If we carry purism to it's logical conclusion, to do it right {fishing} you'd have to live naked in a cave, hit your trout on the head with rocks, and eat them raw. But, so as not to violate another essential element of the fly-fishing tradition, the rocks would have to be quarried in England and cost $300 each.

If I fished only to capture fish, my fishing trips would have ended long ago.

Our plenteous streams a various race supply, The bright-eyed perch with fins of Tyrian dye, The silver eel, in shining volumes roll'd, The yellow carp, in scales bedropp'd with gold, Swift trouts, diversified with crimson stains, And pikes, the tyrants of the wat'ry plains.

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

It is impossible to grow weary of a sport that is never the same on any two days of the year.

Game fish are too valuable to be caught only once.

I frankly don't make much of a living, but I make a hell of a life.

O, sir, doubt not that Angling is an art;

is it not an art to deceive a trout with an artificial fly?

Flyfishing does have its social aspects - on some of our crowded trout streams it can get too social - but esentially it's a solitary, contemplative sport. People are left alone with themselves in beautiful surroundings to try to accomplish something that seems to have genuine value.

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.

Trout aren't naturally as selective as they've become in crowded tailwaters - they've been trained to be like that by too much fishing pressure. I've seen tailwater fish that are so hysterical they'll refuse naturals. You wonder how they get enough to eat.

Never leave fish to find fish.

Far away Tongariro! Green - white thundering Athabasca river of New Zealand! I vowed I would come again down across the Pacific to fish in the swift cold waters of this most beautiful and famous of trout streams. It is something to have striven. It is much to have kept your word.

It is utterly soothing to fly fish for trout.

All other considerations or worries drift away and you couldn't keep them close if you wanted. Perhaps it's standing thigh deep in a river with the water passing at the exact but varying speed of life. You easily recognize this mortality and it dissipates into the landscape.

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

Wherever the trout are, it's beautiful.

Often I have been exhausted on trout streams, uncomfortable, wet, cold, briar scarred, sunburned, mosquito bitten, but never, with a fly rod in my hand have I been less than in a place that was less than beautiful.

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.

A trout is a moment of beauty known only to those who seek it.

Write. Remember, people may keep you (or me) from being a published author but no one can stop you from being a writer. All you have to do is write. And keep writing. While you’re working at a career, while you’re raising children, while you’re trout fishing--keep writing! No one can stop you but you.

Successful trout fishing isn't a matter of brute force or even persistence, but something more like infiltration.

A collection of short stories is generally thought to be a horrendous clinker;

an enforced courtesy for the elderly writer who wants to display the trophies of his youth, along with his trout flies.

Fishing is a... discipline in the equality of men - for all men are equal before fish.

If you want to catch trout, don't fish in a herring barrel.

What are more delightful than one's emotions when approaching a trout stream for the initial cast?

The great charm of fly-fishing is that we are always learning.

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