“We who go a-fishing are a peculiar people. Like other men and women in many respects, we are like one another, and like no others, in other respects. We understand each other’s thoughts by an intuition of which we know nothing. We cast our flies on many waters, where memories and fancies and facts rise, and we take them and show them to each other, and small or large, we are content with our catch.”
W.C. Prime. I go a-fishing. 1873.
“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.”
Paul Schullery. Mountain time. 1984.
“I chose my cast, a march brown and a dun, and ran down to the river chasing hope.”
Wilfred S. Blunt. A new pilgrimage. 1889.
Editor’s Note: The above quotes are culled from Nick Lyons’ book, The Quotable Fisherman, Lyons Press, 1998. If you don’t have a copy, I highly recommend it. LKH