Fishing Quotes

Classic, inspirational and funny fishing quotes from a article written by Wen Zientek-Sico

I spend most of my life fishing, the rest I just waste.”
~ Anonymous

Only an extraordinary person would purposely risk being outsmarted by a creature often less than twelve inches long, over and over again.
~ Janna Bialek

The difference between fly fishers and worm dunkers is the quality of their excuses.
~ Anonymous

For the supreme test of a fisherman is not how many fish he has caught, not even how he has caught them, but what he has caught when he has caught no fish.
~ John H. Bradley

If fishing is like religion, then fly-fishing is high church.
~ Tom Brokaw

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

Nothing grows faster than a fish from when it bites until it gets away.
~ Anonymous

Fly-fishing may well be considered the most beautiful of all rural sports.
~ Frank Forester

A trout is a moment of beauty known only to those who seek it.
~ Arnold Gingrich

To go fishing is the chance to wash one’s soul with pure air, with the rush of the brook, or with the shimmer of sun on blue water. It brings meekness and inspiration from the decency of nature, charity toward tackle-makers, patience toward fish, a mockery of profits and egos, a quieting of hate, a rejoicing that you do not have to decide a darned thing until next week. And it is discipline in the equality of men – for all men are equal before fish.
~ Herbert Hoover

Work is for people who don’t know how to fish.
~ Anonymous

The gods do not deduct from man’s allotted span the hours spent in fishing.
~ Herbert Hoover

There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of mind.
~ Washington Irving

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

The traveler fancies he has seen the country. So he has, the outside of it at least; but the angler only sees the inside. The angler only is brought close, face to face with the flower and bird and insect life of the rich riverbanks, the only part of the landscape where the hand of man has never interfered.
~ Charles Kingsley

Even a bad day of fishing is better than a good day of work
~ Anonymous

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

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

To him, all good things – trout as well as eternal salvation- come by grace and grace comes by art and art does not come easy.
~ Norman Maclean from the book A River Runs Through It

The Essentials of a Good Fly-Hook: The temper of an angel and penetration of a prophet; fine enough to be invisible and strong enough to kill a bull in a ten-acre field.
~ G.S. Marryat

The two best times to fish is when it’s rainin’ and when it ain’t.
~ Patrick F. McManus

Scholars have long known that fishing eventually turns men into philosophers. Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to buy decent tackle on a philosopher’s salary.
~ Patrick F. McManus

If fishing is interfering with your business, give up your business.
~ Alfred W. Miller

There he stands, draped in more equipment than a telephone lineman, trying to outwit an organism with a brain no bigger than a breadcrumb, and getting licked in the process.
~ Paul O’Neil

Calling Fly-Fishing a hobby is like calling Brain Surgery a job.
~ Paul Schullery

Ours is the grandest sport. It is an intriguing battle of wits between an angler and a trout; and in addition to appreciating the tradition and grace of the game, we play it in the magnificent out-of-doors.
~ Ernest G. Schwiebert, Jr.

I am not against golf, since I cannot but suspect it keeps armies of the unworthy from discovering trout.
~ Paul O’Neil

Many go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.
~ Henry David Thoreau

The best time to go fishing is when you can get away.
~ Robert Traver

Catch and Release fishing is a lot like golf. You don’t have to eat the ball to have a good time.
~ Anonymous

And finally, I fish not because I regard fishing as being terribly important, but because I suspect that so many of the other concerns of men are equally unimportant, and not nearly so much fun.
~ John Volker