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8 Inspiring Quotes From Expert Anglers

Here are eight quotes from expert anglers to inspire, motivate, rejuvenate, and get your fishing blood moving through your veins.

The world is full of quotes pertaining to fishing. Memes and placards are filled with funny, thoughtful, inspirational and even silly sayings.

Well, here are eight more from actual expert anglers. You may have heard one or two of them before, but we’re betting a few are new to you.

1. Let’s start with something a little spiritual in nature. This is what fishing is really all about for most of us. This fine quote comes from Charles Orvis, the father of the famous American fly fishing and outdoors sporting goods retailer. Orvis designed the first truly modern fly reel in 1874, a product that was described as the benchmark of American reel design.”

Unless one can enjoy himself fishing with the fly, even when his efforts are unrewarded, he loses much real pleasure. More than half the intense enjoyment of fly-fishing is derived from the beautiful surroundings, the satisfaction felt from being in the open air, the new lease of life secured thereby, and the many, many pleasant recollections of all one has seen, heard and done.

2. Jimmy Houston is known as “America’s Favorite Fisherman” and is a member of the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame and the Professional Bass Fishing Hall of Fame. He’s been a television personality for decades, is a multiple professional fishing tournament place-winner, and two-time Angler of the Year award winner. Jimmy’s simple quote speaks to the ability to find fish and avoid fishing areas where the fish are vacant.

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You can’t catch a fish where he ain’t.

3. Kevin VanDam’s accomplishments as a professional angler read like a literal laundry list for a professional sports team. He is the all-time money winner in professional bass fishing, having earned close to six-million dollars through 2014. He has captured four Bassmaster Classic titles, seven Toyota Tundra Angler of Year titles, and was also the FLW Angler of the Year in 2001.

He became the youngest person to win the BASS Angler of the Year title, at age 25, in 1992. His quote addresses the amount of hard work and dedication that goes into fishing at the highest level.

I’ve got 21 years of experience now fishing professionally, and over that time I’ve learned a lot about how the bass react. A lot of people think there’s a lot of luck in fishing, and there really isn’t.

4. Theodore Gordon was a fly-fisherman and writer who lived in upstate New York in the late-1800s and early 1900s. He wrote for Fishing Gazette and Forest and Stream magazines. Gordon has been called “the father of dry-fly angling in America.” His writings were compiled and published posthumously in The Complete Fly Fisherman: The Notes and Letters of Theodore Gordon. Of the many quotable sayings of Gordon this one perhaps best sums up the constant allure of fishing.

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

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5. Charlie Hartley came to professional fishing following a career as a pro skateboarder. He’s fished well over 200 tournaments and finished in the money nearly 70 times. His description of a particularly good day following some tough fishing represents the highs and lows that keep those of us who are weekend anglers hooked on the sport.

I’m not going to lie, when I caught that double, I did do an ‘Iaconelli scream’ like five times. I screamed over and over because I’ve never caught a big double because I rarely throw a big crankbait. The emotional roller coaster ride in this sport can be pretty crazy. I’ve had a bad week up until this point and I’ve been pretty down, but thank goodness, this sport never ceases to reward you if you do something smart.

6. I like this quote from professional angler Marty Stone, because it speaks to the idea of keeping one’s life in balance. As addicting as fishing can be, it’s a wise anger who keeps his or her piscatorial pursuits in perspective. Stone has placed in the top 10 of tournament finishes at least a dozen times over his relatively short career, qualifying him as one of pro bass fishing’s elites.

Living a Good Life – Faith, Family, Finance and Fishing – Too Bad Hunting Doesn’t Start with F.

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Marty Stone

7. Fennel Hudson is a different sort of man with a different set of priorities from the professional angling scene. Hudson is a lifestyle and countryside author, artist and broadcaster, who is known for and celebrates all things traditional. He fishes with traditional tackle and often in historical settings. He is author of Fennel’s Journal, a series of magazines and eBooks for people who enjoy the outdoors and seek a slower pace of life. Of his many highly quotable pronouncements this may be one of his most direct.

I propose that it only matters that you attempt to catch a fish. Doing so brings you close to nature.

8. I suppose that it would do quite nicely to end a series of angling quotes with one from Sir Izaak Walton, the author of that most foundational of all fishing volumes, The Compleat Angler, originally published in 1653. “A celebration of the art and spirit of fishing in prose and verse,” The Compleat Angler is thought by many to be the original bible of fishing.

As no man is born an artist, so no man is born an angler.

As Walton suggests, expert fishing, like art, is a pursuit that is cultivated from passion, practice and a willingness to experiment and learn.

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