An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





If fishing is a religion, fly fishing is high church.


Tom Brokaw (1940-, American TV personality)


Fly fishing may be a very pleasant amusement; but angling or float fishing I can only compare to a stick and a string, with a worm at one end and a fool at the other.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Somebody just back of you while you are fishing is as bad as someone looking over your shoulder while you write a letter to your girl.


Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961, American writer)


Fishing seems to be the favorite form of loafing.


Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937, American journalist, author)


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. Mere bald fabrication is useless; the veriest tyro can manage that. It is in the circumstantial detail, the embellishing touches of probability, the general air of scrupulous -- almost of pedantic -- veracity, that the experienced angler is seen.


Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927, British humorous writer, novelist, playwright)


Fishing is a delusion entirely surrounded by liars in old clothes.


Don Marquis (1878-1937, American humorist, journalist)


All you need to be a fisherman is patience and a worm.


Herb Shriner


No human being, however great, or powerful, was ever so free as a fish.


John Ruskin (1819-1900, British critic, social theorist)


The perch swallows the grub-worm, the pickerel swallows the perch, and the fisherman swallows the pickerel; and so all the chinks in the scale of being are filled.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


Caution is a most valuable asset in fishing, especially if you are the fish.


Author Unknown


Angling may be said to be so like the mathematics that it can never be fully learned.


Izaak Walton (1593-1683, British writer)


We may say of angling, as Dr. Boteler said of strawberries, "Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did"; and so, if I might be judge, God never did make a more calm, quiet, innocent recreation than angling.


Izaak Walton (1593-1683, British writer)


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