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Dble Haul
10-18-2002, 02:15 PM
I was just referred to this link with some great flyfishing quotes. They're just too big to copy into a thread, but if you click on the link it'll take you there.



10-18-2002, 02:46 PM
Thank You.

10-18-2002, 03:03 PM
Great words...looked at Walton... also Mark..I put in a bid on ebay for an 1856 edition of The Compleate Angler...might get it for a good price.

10-18-2002, 03:39 PM
Testament of a Fisherman
I fish because I love to; because I love the environs where trout are found, which are invariably beautiful, and hate the environs where crowds of people are found, which are invariably ugly; because of all the television commercials, cocktail parties, and assorted social posturing I thus escape; because, in a world where most men seem to spend their lives doing things they hate, my fishing is at once an endless source of delight and an act of small rebellion; because trout do not lie or cheat and cannot be bought or bribed or impressed by power, but respond only to quietude and humility and endless patience; because I suspect that men are going along this way for the last time, and I for one don't want to waste the trip; because mercifully there are no telephones on trout waters; because only in the woods can I find solitude without loneliness; because bourbon out of an old tin cup always tastes better out there; because maybe one day I will catch a mermaid; and, finally, not because I regard fishing as being so terribly important but because I suspect that so many of the other concerns of men are equally unimportant - and not nearly so much fun.
- Robert Traver, 1964 (Judge John Voelker, 1903-1993)

My Father gave me a copy of this quote when I was about 8 years old. Not being able to fully grasp what it meant I folded it up and put it behind my fishing license in a plastic wallet. Every year when I buy a new license I re-read it and it means more and more to me each year.
I am turning into one of those old guys who doesn't really care if he catches one or not.:)

10-18-2002, 06:15 PM
Did anyone notice anything interesting at roughly the 3/4 mark on the page you link to?

Dble Haul
10-18-2002, 07:52 PM
Nice catch, Mark. Although that's not the sole purpose of my post, I wondered if anybody else would catch that quote.

It's a great glimpse into the mind of one of our own. :)

10-18-2002, 10:09 PM
Thank you. That was a nice diversion. I must get out again soon.
My favorite still:

Casting and Gathering
for Ted Hughes

Years and years ago, these sounds took sides:

On the left bank, a green silk tapered cast
Went whispering through the air, saying hush
And lush, entirely free, no matter whether
It swished above the hayfield or the river.

On the right bank, like a speeded up cornrake,
A sharp ratcheting went on and on
Cutting across the stillness as another
Fisherman gathered line-lengths off his reel.

I am still standing there, awake and dreamy,
I have grown older and can see them both
Moving their arms and rods, working away,
Each one absorbed, proofed by the sounds he's making.

One sound is saying, 'You are not worth tuppence,
But neither is anybody. Watch it! Be severe.'
The other says, 'Go with it! Give and swerve.
You are everything you feel beside the river.'

I love hushed air. I trust contrariness.
Years and years go past and I do not move,
For I see that when one man casts, the other gathers
And then vice versa, without changing sides.

Seamus Heaney. Seeing Things. New York: The Noonday Press/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1991.

10-18-2002, 10:44 PM
10 scale thread going. Need to up the "star" rating grid.

Wonderful reads! Cut, pasted and passed on!

10-19-2002, 07:59 AM
No Roderick Haig Brown quotes !!!

How could this literary trout and salmon canadian fly fisherman be over looked ?

Just about every paragraph from his writings has some classic prose. Heres one as a winter steelheader really got be into the sport in 1981.

"This then is the sum of the challenge: rough and varied winter weather, the cold of the winter rivers, and great, handsome silvery fish that have no practical use for anything a fisherman can offer them"

Lots of others in his writings, if you have not read of any his work I recommend you put Mr. Brown on your reading list.

10-19-2002, 11:21 AM
Hal... could give me the title of the best work ,in your opinion ,by Brown...I have seen a number of books and I think there is one that is the classic...I just can't remember ... I would appreciate it. Thanks.

10-19-2002, 06:16 PM

I guess it would be "A River Never Sleeps", but I have liked everything I have read of us and what every one else has written about him.

What foresight and wisdom is shown in his statements on conservation and ethics from the 1950s and 60s when the PNW resources were still bountiful.

Imagine being able to have a conversation with Mr. Brown and Mr. Theodore Roosevelt at the same time, two visionary conservationists.

See link below.



10-19-2002, 07:22 PM
Thanks for the link.

One of my favorite quotes is not strictly about fishing, but certainly applies:

"All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost."

- Tolkien