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14 Quotes About Fishing That Inspire

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If you can’t make it to the water, perhaps these notable quotes about fishing will help you get through the day.

Fishing is a lot of things to a lot of people, but it’s often a difficult thing to put into words that others can understand.

The benefits of being near the water or simply being outdoors have been proven as an effective form of therapy, often leaving us without thought, and at times, at a lack for words. It’s hard to explain, but here are some notable figures that have attempted to do so…

1. “The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.”  John Buchan

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Guide Mike Arnold of Absolute Angling with Todd Fuerst’s first salmon.

2. “Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.” Henry David Thoreau

Photo credit: Jorge Rubio
Jorge Rubio

3. “There are only two occasions when Americans respect privacy, especially in Presidents. Those are prayer and fishing.” Herbert Hoover

Quinalt Reservation Guide Richard Underwood Jr.
Quinalt Reservation Guide Richard Underwood Jr.

4. “All the romance of trout fishing exists in the mind of the angler and is in no way shared by the fish.” Harold F. Blaisdell, author of “The Philosophical Fisherman

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Mila with her derby winning trout. Photo by Julie Anderson Jackson

5. “Fishing keeps us humble, which makes us better people. Infrequent success reminds us that we have much to learn from those less intelligent than ourselves.” Robert Montgomery, author of “Why We Fish: Reel Wisdom from Real Fishermen

Robert Montgomery, writer for Bassmaster Magazine, author of “Why We Fish,” “Fish, Frogs and Fireflies: Growing up with Nature” and “Better Bass Fishing.”

6. “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

Quinalt Reservation Guide Ashley Nicole Lewis with a client and coho
Quinalt Reservation Guide Ashley Nicole Lewis with a client and coho

7. “If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.” Doug Larson

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Photo by Author

8. “Bragging may not bring happiness, but no man having caught a large fish goes home through an alley.” – Ann Landers

Photo by Mike Arnold of Absolute Angling Guide Service
Photo by Mike Arnold of Absolute Angling Guide Service

9. “Calling fishing a hobby is like calling brain surgery a job.” Paul Schullery

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Fishing buddies Andrew Barnes and Wrangler, photo by author

10. “Three-fourths of the Earth’s surface is water, and one-fourth is land.  It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn.” Chuck Clark

A pair of Angel Anglers on board Guide David Johnson's Boat
A pair of Angel Anglers on board Guide David Johnson’s Boat

11. “There is no greater fan of fly fishing than the worm.” Patrick F. McManus, author of “Never Sniff a Gift Fish

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April Vokey

12. “Our tradition is that of the first man who sneaked away to the creek when the tribe did not really need fish.” Roderick Haig-Brown, author of “A River Never Sleeps

Quinalt Reservation Guide Richard Underwood Jr
Quinalt Reservation Guide and Tribal Council Member Richard Underwood Jr

13. “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.” Roderick Haig-Brown, author of “Fisherman’s Spring

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Photo by author

14. “Do not tell fish stories where the people know you… but particularly, don’t tell them where they know the fish.” – Mark Twain

Any other fishing quotes you’re a fan of? Do you have any of your own?

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