Fishing is Life - the rest is just details
|Nova Scotia sayings
I have heard all of these sayings at one time or another.
Ain't it ........................ Added to the end of any sentence.
Bluenoser ....................... A Nova Scotian.
Come a daisy .................... Pull, push, hit hard.
Either fish or cut bait......... One thing at a time.
Ever ............................ As in 'Was it ever cold.'
Fart in a windstorm ............. A fuss over nothing.
Finest kind ........... As in 'Nova Scotians are the finest kind.'
Holy liftin' or Holy mackerel ... An exclamation.
Poor mans fertilizer ............ A late snow.
Upalong ......................... Up the shore or inland.
Right some .............. As in 'That pie was right some good.'
I am a fisherman for life
I will always be a fisherman
It's not something I do,
It is who I am.
Fishing is not an escape,
It is where I belong,
Where I am supposed to be.
It is not a place,
But a lifelong journey.
It is a passage my father showed me,
And I will show others.
When you understand all of this,
You will know me,
And we will fish together.
Patrick Conners epitaph, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1909 ....
When I am dead and in my grave,
Please mark this spot with a marble stave,
So folks will say there he lies,
Poor Pat who made the rods and flies.
And a prayer ....
God grant that I may live,
To fish until my dying day
And when it comes to my last cast
I then most humbly pray,
When in the Lord's safe landing net,
I'm peacefully asleep.
That in his mercy I be judged,
As good enough to keep.
I searched for my soul, my soul I could not see.
I searched for God, but God eluded me.
I searched for a trout and I found all three.
Sleeping we image what awake we wish;
Dogs dream of bones, and fishermen of fish.
Betcha' goin' fishin' all o' da' time
Baby goin' fishin' too.
Bet yo' life, yo' sweet wife
She gonna catch mo' fish than you.
It's nice to sit and think and fish,
And fish and sit and think,
And think and fish and sit and wish
That you could get a drink.
Come live with me and be my love,
And we will some new pleasures prove
Of golden sands and crystal brooks,
With silken lines, and silver hooks.
And still the fair conceit I'd hold
That fishermen never grow old,
That with the daffodil's gold,
That, with the cowslip's plenty,
And with the loud and building rooks
The man of rods and lines and hooks
Is always one-and-twenty.
Patrick R. Chalmers
I want to ask a favour, though -
Ye'll grant it, I'm not doubting -
'Tis 'bout the Twenty-fourth of May,
I want to go a-trouting.
Some of these sayings have been encountered in books. Others have been quoted to me whilst on the river and others have been found on the web.
The most oft spoken words I hear on the river are ..... Heeeeere fishyfishy, heeeeere fishyfishy.
Big fly, big fish.
I fish, therefore I lie.
Bright day, bright fly.
The rod's arc is an old friend's smile.
You can't catch a fish with a dry line.
Fishing is Life. The rest is just details.
Good things happen to he who wades.
I never lost a little fish ... Eugene Field
Fly-fishing is like a dance ... Mel Krieger
'Carpe Diem' does not mean 'fish of the day.'
Shall I go to heaven or a-fishing? ... Thoreau
To Fish or Not to Fish? What a silly question!
I take my flies and my Martinis dry...Unknown
So much water, so little time! ... Bob VanAmburg
Much of fly fishing is in the mind ... Wayne Curtis
Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in ... Thoreau
Fishing is itself a pause for breath ... John D. Robins
Everyone is a child in the eyes of a river ... Herb Curtis
Fishermen are born honest, but they get over it ... Ed Zern
Fly fishing is a way of hooking into the world ... Ailm Travler
Trout fishing is a pilgrimage of the spirit ... Gordon MacQuarrie
There's no taking trout with dry breeches...Miguel de Cervantes
Flytying is a school from which we never graduate ... Bill Blades
Every man has a fish in his life that haunts him ... Negley Farson
To fish is to live, To die is to smell like dead fish ... Walt Whitman
My hook is baited with a dream, I fish for Peace ... Robert Service
The lyin seasun is upon us ... Jack Pine Joe to Gordon MacQuarrie
Trout fishing is so enjoyable it should be done in bed...John Voelker
Never spoil a good fish story by telling the truth ... Doris Ewart 1973
Put backing on your line: even if you never use it. It helps you dream
Fly-fishing is the most fun you can have standing up ... Arnold Gingrich
Not many of us shoot ourselves during the evening hatch ... Jim Harrison
I spent the entire dream fishing a single Griffith's Gnat ... Harry Middleton
Fishing is about talking and laughing and nothing at all .... Roy MacGregor
Any time a man ain't fishin' he's frittering his life away ... Patrick F. McManus
An old fisherman lives here - With the best catch of his life ... sign over a door
Wind from the East, the fish bite least. Wind from the West, the fish bite best.
I have always maintained that salmon don't like flush toilets ... Dr. Dick TeLinde
For the well-seasoned angler, the river is no longer a place for killing ... Wayne Curtis
Angling is extremely time consuming. That's sort of the whole point ... Tom McGuane
A trout fisherman is something that defieth understanding ... Corey Ford
Do fishermen eat avocados? This is a question no one ever thinks to ask ... Russell Chatham
If I knew all erbout fishin' fer trout, I wu'd give it up and tackle sunthin' more int'resting ... Dud Dean via Arthur R. MacDougall Jr
The outdoor life pleased these old men because they believed any properly obsessed fly fishermen carried rivers and trout inside him ... Harry Middleton
Early to bed, Early to rise, Fish like hell, And make up lies
Fish grow on trees ... W.A. MacDonald (his observation on the effects of clearcutting)
Although prequalified by virtue of their brain size, trout have no politics ... J.A.Kissane
Nothing grows faster than a fish between the time he nibbles and the time he gets away.
The gods do not subtract from the allotted span of men's lives the hours spent on fishing.
A fishing rod is a stick with a hook on one end and a fool on the other ... Samuel Johnson
We can angle or otherwise enjoy a fish in the field without eating it ... Prof. Joseph S. Nelson
Question. When does fishing season open? Answer. When the President throws out the first trout.
My biggest worry when I'm dead is that my wife will sell my fishing gear for what I said I paid for it.
Experts ... spend 98, rather than 99, percent of their time catching nothing ... Paul Schullery
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you're rid of him for the weekend.
The last point of all the inward gifts that doth belong to an angler is memory ... The Arte of Angling, 1577
Fishes have the right to share the earth with us; they are not here on sufferance ... Dr. J.R. Dymond
Atlantic salmon fishing is about 98% boredom. When you hook that one big fish, it's 2% terror ... John Hart
But then angling is not just a pastime or pursuit; it is an obsession bordering on fanaticism. Indeed your true angler can only be described as an addict ... Timothy Benn
There are enough miles of bright water...to support the fly-fisherman's deep-seated need to believe in infinite possibilities ... Christopher Camuto
Fishing is a perfectable art, in which nevertheless no man is ever perfect ... Gifford Pinchot
The point of all other fishing was to bring home meat, but with a fly line the process is itself the purpose. The elegance of casting justified the endeavour, regardless of the catch ... Wayne Fields
Fly Fishers are notorious for not explaining what they are doing to their spouses or strangers. It is too complicated, they think, or else it is like jazz in Louis Armstrong's paradox: if it has to be explained, it can't be ... M.R. Montgomery
Fishing for browns requires stealth, patience, a lot of hiding behind bushes and limited wading. About the only time you'll see me hiding behind a bush is when I encounter a bear ... Jimmy D Moore
Fishing consists of a series of misadventures interspersed by occasional moments of glory ... Howard Marshall
The blood vessels of a blue whale are so wide that an adult trout could swim through them.
If fishing interferes with your business, give up your business...the trout do not rise in Greenwood Cemetery ... Sparse Grey Hackle
On the Firehole I caught thirty-six inches worth of trout - in six installments ... Arnold Gingrich
...the things that fishermen know about trout aren't facts but articles of faith ... John Gierach
...perhaps the greatest satisfaction on the first day of the season is the knowledge in the evening that the whole rest of the season is to come ... Arthur Ransome
As geezerhood looms you learn to give up on far more important things than the name of flies. If I can't remember their names, the trout likely won't either ... James R Babb
The true fisherman approaches the first day of fishing with all the sense of wonder and awe of a child approaching Christmas ... Robert Traver
There's no one right way to fly-cast ... James R. Babb
An old phrase evokes the fly-fisher's spring: "the sweet of the year" ... R. Palmer Baker
The love of angling increases with the lapse of years, for its love grows by what it feeds on ... James Henshall
Man can learn a lot from fishing. When the fish are biting, no problem in the world is big enough to be remembered ... O.A. Battista
Fisherman's luck means that the time, the place, the fish and you are all together. It does not happen very often ... Zane Grey
Fishing is the eternal fountain of youth ... Herbert Hoover
Nay, the trout is not lost, for pray take notice no man can lose what he never had ... Izaak Walton
There is no use in your walking five miles to fish when you can depend on being just as unsuccessful near home ... Mark Twain
Even the thousandth trip to the same old familiar fished-out stream begins with renewed hope, with unfailing faith ... Zane Grey
I fish because I love to ... Mel Krieger
A fisherman must be of contemplative mind, for it is a long time between bites ... Herbert Hoover
Trout are like dreams hovering in the elusive unconscious ... Kitty Pearson-Vincent
Many go fishing all their lives without knowing it is not fish they are after ... Thoreau
Fly-fishing for wild trout on quiet waters must be one of the toughest and craziest ways to catch fish ever invented by man, as well as among the most frustrating and humiliating ... John Voelker
My wife wonders why all women do not seek anglers for husbands. She has come in contact with many in her life with me and she claims that they all have a sweetness in their nature which others lack ... Ray Bergman
Calling fly-fishing a hobby is like calling brain surgery a job ... Paul Schullery
It was a painful business, learning to cast without hanging the flies in the trees, conquering the clumsiness of foot that is much an enemy in wading as in dancing ... Howell Raines
Trout fishing for me is not the taking of fish, but being at one with the stream and all the sights and sounds ... Sigurd Olson
And there is nothing quite like the feeling that comes over you when a fish takes a fly you have tied: disbelief, then delight, and finally smug satisfaction ... Joan Wulff
I'm never convinced I've got the right fly - unless there's a fish attached - which is seldom ... Gene Hill
The modern fly rod ... is a piece of magic, an elegant thing, willowy and alive - a wand that when held in the hand communicates with the heart ... Howell Raines
The two best times to fish is when it's rainin' and when it ain't ... Patrick McManus
You can always tell a fisherman, but you can't tell him much ... Corey Ford
It is the birds and other creatures peculiar to the water that render fly-fishing so pleasant ... Richard Jefferies
I like people when they're fishing because they're a lot nicer ... Toner Mitchell
Salmon and trout have the unique ability to grow between the catching and the telling.
These papers do not boast of great sport. They are truthful, not like the tales some fishers tell. The opening sentences from Angling Sketches (1895) by Andrew Lang
The pulses fly again when the hooked salmon is felt, and the tightening line curves the rod from point to hand ... William Senior
The one real object in fishing and angling is the pursuit and not the quarry ... Charles Bradford (1916)
Webster, himself a profound Angler, must have been unconscious of his gentle bearing, for his definition of "angle" is simply: "to fish." ... Charles Bradford (1916)
Fishing should be fun. If it isn't why do it? ... Dermot Wilson
Fly-fishing may well be considered the most beautiful of all rural sports ... Frank Forester
The fishing gods giveth and they taketh away. Amen. ... William G. Tapply
Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers ... Herbert Hoover
A river seems a magic thing. A magic, moving, living part of the earth itself ... Laura Gilpin
Only those become weary of angling who bring nothing to it but the idea of catching fish ... Rafael Sabatini
The best fisherman in the world can't catch them if they aren't there ... Anthony Acerrano
When there are no fish in one spot, cast your hook in another ... Chinese proverb
Nothing is ever simple about fish, whether it's catching them or understanding them ... A.J. McClane
No fisherman ever fishes as much as he wants to ... Geoffrey Norman
I have fished through fishless days that I remember happily and without regret ... Roderick Haig-Brown
I felt I knew nothing, that all my years of fussing around trout rivers had been with the aimless curiosity of a dog ... Nick Lyons
Fly-fishing is for anyone ... From Nova Scotia's Speckled Trout by Ted Parker
Good fishing is just a matter of timing ... Anon
The true fisherman approaches the first day of fishing with all the sense of wonder and awe of a child approaching Christmas ... Robert Traver
Of all the hardware a fisherman carries with him to the stream, his timepiece is the least important ... Paul Quinnet
The first sign of snow is almost traumatic to Ted but he rallies with the thought that if winter comes, can Spring-fishing be far behind ... Doris Ewart (From Nova Scotia's Speckled Trout by Ted Parker)
You catch salmon in beautiful surroundings, places you never get tired of going to ... Ted Williams
You dream about it, you think about the next time, the way you'll fish for it. The flies you'll use. If I only had one fish to fish for it would be the Atlantic salmon ... Ted Williams
Yet fish there be that neither hook nor line nor snare, nor net, nor engine can make thine ... John Bunyan
If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles ... Doug Larson
The man who coined the phrase "money can't buy happiness" never bought himself a good fly rod ... Reg Baird
There is a fine line between fishing and standing on the side of a pond looking like a fool .... Stephen Wright
I have no objection to men on fishing trips, as long as they don't get in my way when I'm casting ... Katie Cooke
Good fishing never stops. There are only times when in some places it is better than others ... George Fichter
It is not difficult to learn how to cast; but it is difficult to learn not to snap the flies off at every throw ... Charles Dudley Warner 1862
I lost the second fly and my cool about the same time. "Quick" I screamed, "Give me another bisexual!" ... Judy Muller
Here's a guy standing in the cold water up to his liver throwing the worlds most expensive clothesline at trees ... P.J. O'Rourke
The man who knows all about trout does not exist, although you have probably met him ..... Samuel G. Camp 1911
A man was once accused by his wife of loving fly-fishing more than he loved her. Without hesitation he replied "Wet fly or dry fly?"
East wind no good, South wind worse, West wind blows the bait right into their mouths, North wind they bite best .... Joe Lavalley
I can tell by the smell in the air I am going trout fishing tomorrow .... The President of the Old Duck Hunters' Association
When a man becomes a confirmed poacher, the only way to cure him is to put him underwater for twenty-four hours .... Charles Kingsley
If a trout will, he will; if he won't, he won't, and that's all about it, except he may or will take this when he won't take that ... C.B. Burnham
If you love fishing as it should be loved, you also have in you the enjoyment of peace by running waters, and of all the wonders and beauties of Nature ....Sir George Aston 1926
Most anglers spend their lives in making rules for trout, and trout spend theirs in breaking them ... Sir George Aston 1926
Well, then and there we settled the first question, for Bert hooked two salmon but lost both, and to my infinite disgust I got two five-pound sea trout, which we had for dinner ... E.J. Myers fishing the Codroy River in Newfoundland, 1893.
And all through the night I dreamed that Paradise was filled not with angelic women, but with perfect trout streams ... C.H. Palmer 1928
Only when the last tree has been felled, the last river poisoned and the last fish caught, man will know, that he cannot eat money ... Old Indian chief
I believe that the solution to any problem - work, love, money, whatever - is to go fishing, and the worse the problem, the longer the trip should be ... John Gierach
In my experience, there appears to be six stages or plateaus of desire in the life of a fisher:
His fishing was not a sport, nor soley a means of subsistence, but a sort of solemn sacrament and withdrawal from the world, just as the aged read their Bibles ... Thoreau
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
Bragging may not bring happiness, but no man having caught a large fish goes home through an alley ... Annonymous
I chose my cast, a march brown and a dun, And ran down the river, chasing hope ... Wilfred S. Blunt
I found myself thinking back over the years and thanking heaven I'd come to be where I was, knee-deep in a trout stream with a fly rod in my hand ... Bill Barich
There is no greater fan of fly fishing than the worm ... Patrick McManus
Fish are, of course, indispensable to the angler. They give him an excuse for fishing and justify the flyrod without which he would be a mere vagrant ... Sparse Grey Hackle
Listen to the sound of the river and you will get a trout ... Irish proverb
Fishing is my religion and the trout stream is my temple ... James Proser
Chasing trout is no less wearing and barely less complicated than chasing women ... Robert Traver
All the romance of trout fishing exists in the mind of the angler and is in no way shared by the fish ... Harold Blaisdell
Flies should be tied by fly-tiers. Just tell me what's working and I'll buy a dozen ... Mike Clark
To acheive mastery is to rise above the need to catch fish ... Howell Raines
One thing becomes clearer as one gets older and one's fishing experience increases, and that is the paramount importance of one's fishing companions ... John Ashley-Cooper
They are the most beautiful fish that God ever put on this earth ... Dick Blalock on brook trout
A river is water in its loveliest form ... Roderick Haig-Brown
Fly-fishing is this great adventure we have in a thousand little episodes ... Paul Schullery
Fish come and go, but it is the memory of afternoons on the stream that endure ... E. Donnall Thomas
Because only in the woods can I find solitude without loneliness ... Mel Krieger
Your headiest success as an angler begins when you start caring more about fishing than the fish ... Arnold Gingrich
Some anglers catch their best fish by the tale ... Fisherman's saying
Never give up listening to the sounds of birds ... John Audubon
Every country boy is entitled to a creek ... Havilah Babcock
We can never have enough of Nature ... Thoreau
If you can't stand the flies then don't go fishing ... Harold Biggin (in reference to a swarm of blackflies).
Adopt the pace of Nature; her secret is patience ... Ralph Waldo Emerson
Just give us one taut line a session and we are fulfilled ... Jeff Prest
...they are no answer to my basic fishing need which, above all else, is to fish as frequently as the mood strikes ... Harold F. Blaisdell
So what if we didn't catch anything? Fishing was never a waste of time ... William G. Tapply
The best fishing is usually done with no motive other than curiousity ... John Gierach
Fishing is a therapeutic blessing ... Harold F. Blaisdell
Fishing is one field in which fact and fancy mingle graciously ... Harold F. Blaisdell
Fisherman's luck means that the time, the place, the fish and you are all together. It does not happen very often ... Zane Grey
Good roads lead to bad fishing ... Eric Wright, Maine Game Warden
Fishing too long a fly rod on a small stream is like driving a Greyhound bus down a deer trail ... Jimmy D. Moore
Once you're afflicted with the fishing bug there's no known cure, I'm very happy to say ... Bernard Cribbins
For doubtless we fishermen dream far more often of our favorite sport than other men of theirs ... Will H. Dilg
The contentment which fills the mind of the angler at the close of his day's sport is one of the chiefest charms in his life ... Rev. William Cowper Prime
Part of the magic of salmon fishing is not to take it too seriously ... Bernard Cribbins
It's just that the longer I fish, the more I long for simplification and lightness ... Tom Sutcliff
Take my advice and let the trout alone on Sunday, and become fishers of thoughts, drawing bright and good things out of the depths of memory. ... W.C. Prine
Tackle doesn't catch trout. Brains catch trout. .. James R Babb
If I can't comfortably cast across it, it's a river; if I can, it's a stream. If I can jump across it, it's a brook. ... Jimmy D Moore
More than half the intense enjoyment of fly-fishing is derived from the beautiful surroundings. ... Charles F. Orvis
Good fishing is just a matter of timing.
The one real object in fishing and angling is the pursuit and not the quarry.
For me, stepping into a pair of waders is a lot like Clark Kent stepping into a phone booth.
Rapids and rocks alternate with still waters and alders, riffs, and quiet pools offer their treaures to those who seek them.
Storm's first cast was not rewarded. He tried a bright red fly, but it was too flashy to secure the admiration of any trout that day. They are whimsical creatures and like their food in season just as men like ice cream and sherry cobblers in July and hot whiskies in January.
Man can learn a lot from fishing. When the fish are biting, no problem in the world is big enough too be remembered.
Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
Fermat's Last Theorem is solved, and a generation of tormented German graduate students can now go fishing.
|Quotes from Movies, TV, and non-fishing related fictional books|
You might wonder whether or not I've read all these books, seen all these movies, and watched all these tv shows. I wonder about it myself. But yes, I have. When I look at this list I wonder where I found the time. But I did. I started young, I was most probably 10 when I started going to the movies and 12 when my father took me to the library and 13 when he rented a tv. And in 2018 I'm 78. Go figure.
"There's always a bigger fish."
Qui-Gon Jinn (Star Wars Episode 1)
"The secret to fishing is being silly."
"From now on, nothin' for me but fishin'! And no more wabbits!"
"It's todays obsession - tomorrow it'll be fly-fishing."
"It's like fishing. You have to let some get away otherwise you'll have nothing to catch the next time."
Take almost any path you please, and ten to one it carries you down in a dale, and leaves you there by a pool in the stream. There is magic in it.
Beck: "I love this sport but sometimes I think it is the greatest waste of time anyone ever invented."
Quit wishing, go flyfishing!
If you throw trash along the highways or foul our rivers, I'm sorry to say you are not my friend.
Life and water are inseparable.
"Fly-fishing is that kind of thing. It takes you to places that are beautiful."
"It's not the fish you catch, it's the peace of mind you take home at the end of the day."
"Dad reckoned that fishing was ten percent brains and ninety-five percent muscle, and the rest was just good luck."
Cross, "Do you fish Lieutenant?"
"Relationships end for all sorts of reasons. The best thing to do is go fishing."
"The main thing is to get out fishing."
The trick with a man like Golly is to lure him in, just like you do a trout. And I think we've got the perfect fly for him.
He had been dreaming about trying to land a thirty-inch Snake River rainbow ... but he suspected that landing a trout that size would always be a dream.
"You don't catch 'em all. They're trout, after all. Grant 'em plenty of free will."
"I mean, if you're really serious you tie your own flies...people say you can buy flies at the store. The point is, there's a certain art to the process."
George Gently, "What are you doing?"
I have had many moments on trout streams during which the entire world seemed transformed.
The woodlands and the rivers are calling out to me. It's the country that I live for, the place I love to be.
On a river without a fly rod I'm a tourist. Rod in hand I become something else.
Larry: "You know, fish is a great brain food."
Paolo laughed, "Bombedieri's as bad as they come - He's like a pike. Ugly fish - all scale and bone. But it comes up under bugs on the surface and takes them without warning. That's what Dom the Bomb is like."
Noah Cross [serves fish for lunch]: "I hope you don't mind. I believe they should be served with the head."
"You can run but you can't hide. One-o-clock, ten-o-clock. One-o-clock, ten-o-clock. And this is something for grown-ups to do?"
...the air above him was singing with loops of line that never touched the water and got bigger and bigger each time they passed and sang.
Sherlock Holmes to Dr. Watson, "I suggest that we use what time we have before our train departs to assemble a few indispensable items for the trip - not least our trout and salmon rods."
Frank Enley (Van Heflin) to his wife ... "I was going fishing before you put on your first pair of bobby-sox."
Dan ... "Manuel said that any fish that ate a bug was some kind of frog."
A framed needlepoint sign tacked to the front door read, Don't mind your waders - We're fly-fisher friendly.
This is why the Vikings settled here. Rivers and lakes filled with salmon and trout.
"A bad days fishing is better than a good day at work - unless you're playing for the New York Yankees."
Being a detective was a bit like fishing. Endless casting, endless patience.
We're trying to hook them, not whip them to death.
Anyone who describes fly-fishing with adjectives such as grace and concentration and thoughtful skill without including dire patience is probably an equipment salesman.
"I'm tempted to lie and say I like fly-fishing, but that will probably get me into trouble if he asks me if I tie my own flies, or what's the best trout stream in Northumberland."
...and did nothing but play cards and catch trout in a river that was so cold the rainbows had a dark purple stripe along their sides.
"I fly fished once on vacation," Valentine said. "I caught the hook in my earlobe."
...where he could reach down into the water and, if he were gentle, feel the gills flutter on the three pound trout that lived there.
... there are two kinds of anglers, those who have fallen off Monster Rock and those who are about to.
"This is investigations. Right. Let the garbagemen handle the garbage. We're professional anglers. We go after the big fish."
"See those trails on the surface? Eamon always used to cast his fly near one of them. He said the fish waited for flies to get caught in the foam."
Gregory Peck, pointing to the river, "Trout?"
All I can do is play the angles, the curves, float along the stream of time, then, my friend, something will bite, even on an unbaited hook.
The water was translucent and three-foot trout strolled upriver, or hung in the current, lazy and fat.
Michinojo Iinuma, "Why are you catching them all? We're using the same bait!"
Shokichi Hirata (watching salmon swim under a bridge), "Sad, isn't it. Coming all this way just to die. It doesn't seem worth it. They want to come home. Back to where they were born."
The guy is flicking his fly in a pool behind a rock. It's no place for a fly. It's a place for a single egg on a number six hook - he'd do better to drift a fly over those riffles downstream.
...and Deacon Broscious would clap his hands, and his face would bead with sweat and his smile would become the size and shine of a trout.
There are some fish that cannot be caught. Not that they are faster or stronger than other fish. They're just touched by something extra.
Grant sent the first cast hissing over the brown shining water, and felt that life was good.
Sheriff Nick Corey, "You mean to say you never took a fishing pole with you to scratch your butt with, in case you was up a tree an' couldn't reach yourself from the ground?"
Mose, "You and me, we never did go in for them green walnuts or dynamitin', did we?"
There's no swimming upstream; you're not salmon.
He said I wasn't a true fisherman. True fishermen, it seemed, didn't care about such frivolous details as musical notes. Not a bit. True fishermen care about volume. True fishermen "sang loud." Then he threw his head back to show me, cocking that awful noise muscle of his ... and fell backwards into the river.
Suzy, "The, the stick's moving."
The telephone repairman ... "I know fresh lakes in the north undisturbed except by fish and hawk ..."
Her mouth opened and closed like the rainbow trout he had tickled on the Bunn only last week before the trip to China.
"The audience reached in and pulled the film out like a fisherman pulls out a big, beautiful fish."
Lind Litzke, "A fish has bitten."
When I die I will go back to my water hole. I'll be waiting there like a little fish. Waiting to be born again.
"My best birthday memory - I'm a teenager and for some reason I drag this boat out on a lake, and for hours I'm just lying there fishing. Alone with my thoughts. Fantastic."
"As Baventius says in the Rope, if you're sinking in the sea and you can't swim, you might as well try and catch a fish on your way down."
"After she'd taken the bait," Preston Hatch will say, "I was able to quit fishing."
Willoughby, "Why, I got a cabin up in Wisconsin ... I got a couple of nice motor boats and the fishing's great.
Date:13th Day of May, 1630. Weather: Fair. The heat of the day rises hourly. Hon. Heir Bennosuke departs bearing fresh river trout for presentation to the hon. Lord Doi at his Lordship's mansion.
Lady Edith, "So he slipped the hook."
She didn't have the distance and accuracy in her cast but she could think more like a trout than probably anyone alive. She would stand on the bank of a creek and just breathe and watch the bugs flying in and out of the sunlight.
I am young enough, I am old enough. I used to love to fish for trout more than almost anything.
Victor, "You gotta look like you just came back from killing a buffalo."
"Okay," the Senator said. "Let's try our hand at fishing."
I pushed a flat tin of cigarettes at him. His small neat fingers speared one like a trout taking the fly.
He was wearing a black, skin-tight Metallica T-shirt; shaven-headed with enough facial adornments to make it look as though he'd had a nasty encounter with a fishing- tackle box.
How grand it would be to stand beside a brook trout stream masquerading as a tree though there was the alarming thought that a bear would rub against your bark.
I sat with her for a minute, as an old man with a moustache showed all the children of England how to tie fishing flies.
Stoddard Thorsen, FBI Supervisor, "We used to go ice-fishing every November. Ice fishing. That's all anybody - that's what we lived for."
Unknown informer, "I don't even know the guy. What's he bite at? Spoons, flies, worms, maggots? Is the fish you're after pike or perch?"
Billy, "You know what I wanna be when I grow up?"
Detective Rust Cohle, "I saw your table in there. You flyfish?"
His lifelong obsession with fishing for brook trout was largely free. ... From The Great Leader by Jim Harrison
Jack Crawford, "Okay Jimmy, watta you got?"
On my last full day, the sixth day, the old man took me out fishing on the Rainy River. The afternoon was sunny and cold.
I saw a rainbow rise from the bottom like an iridescent bubble released from the pebble-and-silt bed and snap my Renegade down in a spray of silvery light.
I turned in a full circle until I found myself staring into the bugged eyes of a large fish mounted on the wall ... beneath the fish was a brass plate. It said, "If I'd kept my mouth shut I wouldn't be here."
They descended by rocky switchbacks and across the beds of streams where small trout stood on their pale fins and studied the noses of the drinking horses.
One great thing about fly fishing is that after a while nothing exists of the world but thoughts about fly fishing. Fishing is a world created apart from all others, and inside it are special worlds of their own.
Assad, "You knew Daniel?"
They gathered watercress and learned to tickle the mountain trout, and hunt for yabbies, the small freshwater crayfish abundant in the mountain streams.
"Fishing flies," Rebus explained, smiling himself. "It's perfect for keeping my fishing flies in."
Boyd Crowder, "And suppose he just went fishin'?"
Jaimoe (Allman Brothers drummer), "When I met Duane he had a cabin he lived in down on the river from Muscle Shoals. In his spare time he would do a lot of fishing."
Burt Shavitz, "I could go walk in the woods. I could go fishing. I could dig worms."
Beate, "So what do we do now?"
Father James Lavelle is fly-fishing ...
Outside, a CO shouts something about a "fishline," and I realize he's referring to the line of men leaving the bus. Men as fish, get the metaphor? Caught on a hook, forming a line, ready for the can.
PC Peter Noakes, "How is the weather in Madeira?"
... when psychic magnetism draws me, I cannot be certain I'm the fisherman and not the fish with the hook in its mouth.
Janet Scott, "He's a big fish in a dysfunctional small pond."
"Take the wine out of the water and let's see if it got cold while we fished."
Service, "Was your husband a trout fisherman?"
He had set up a card table in the centre of the room, and on it was a fly-tying vise, spools of thread, different types of feathers, and a tangle of tiny hooks.
I waded in with a March Brown on my single barb, tied with a variegated silk floss I'd had to fight a couple of old ladies for at Michael's.
He would go fishing in the Test - at Stockbridge, perhaps. Trout were poor sport, but there was a snug little pub there, and the best of company.
Deputy Chief Irvin Irving, "So, I want you in charge of this fishing expedition detective."
Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani, "My sister's husband like fish. Every day I catch."
The question to be answered before he starts is simple: who is going to be the fish, and who is going to be the fisherman?
He was like a large fish, I thought, sweeping the minnows aside in the current he pushed before him.
The old man looked like he had lived outdoors all his life, the kind of man who knows where to fish and dig wells, how to fix pumps and tune his truck.
Gordon Goody, "Had a piece of work offered to me one day. Do I wanna go on this bank? I said, No I'm going fishing. I didn't wanna go and rob a bank that day."
DCI Mathias is studying an unfinished fly in the tying vise....
They decided to charge the guys with disturbing the peace and the girls with indecent exposure. Everybody wanted to get out of there. Some of the guys were married and their wives didn't know instead of going fishing with the guys they had their cameras. They were photographing nude girls.
His tacit surrender was horrifying. "Man, you're hooked like a mountain trout. They're gonna pick you up sooner or later."
Tom Donnelly, "My uncle took me fishing one time. He took the worm, put it in his mouth and he ate it."
Josiah Hornblower, "I went on a fly-fishing trip with my Dad down there. In the mountains, and going around in helicopters, going from pool to pool."
Anatoly Brodsky, "I used to go fishing with my son. At night we'd build fires just like this and sit around them. He didn't much like to fish but I think he enjoyed the fires."
He puffed on the pipe. He kept opening and closing his mouth over the brown stem like a fish smoking.
Then he released the line on the forecast, and the streamer seemed to carom off the sky.
He could remember doing arithmetic problems at their kitchen table when he was too small for his feet to touch the floor, while opposite him, her good pen hissed over the cards and their father made fishing flies in a vice.
Mrs. Henderson, "He and his rather dreary wife are on holiday in France but as soon as he returns I'll throw a fly at him."
Ashley Campbell, "I think that a persons life is comprised of memories and that's exactly what this disease takes away from you. Like - a memory of my dad taking me fishing in Flagstaff when I was a little girl."
Becky, "You'll be lost without your hobby."
Mary Jo, "We're gonna have to have seperate tv rooms in the house. Like seriously, he's 27 years of age and he watches fishing programmes. There's literally two blokes on a lake - fishing. I think he's crazy."
There was a spring-fed creek nearby. Geese and duck, three seasons out of four. Fish year round.
It was my first time seeing fly-fishing, and I rememberd thinking someone ought to tell those boys they were making things too easy on the fish.
Tambouille, "How's it going with the warmongers?"
Bazil, "I'm just showing them the bait for now, making the spoon sparkle. But once they bite I'll need all hands to haul in the big catch."
The men shook hands and Puller came away almost believing he'd just held a fish.
The Scandanavian couple appeared, the stocky wife wearing a hairnet heavy enough to catch trout.
Every cop knew that all Matty really cared about was fly fishing and girls.
What the hell was he going to do next week - take up fishing or buy a dog?
DS Cabot, "Maggots! Our fisherman left these at the scene. No usable prints on the box but you're gonna get the maggots tested for DNA trace."
Sophie, "So what else is on your list?"
By June and the beginning of the obnoxious bug season that would last at least a month he was back in his home study. There was simply no dealing with the mosquitoes, blackflies, and deerflies unless it was very windy at which point he would launch himself back into the woods.
"Now, have you ever heard of this old Earth saying about teaching a man to fish?" Grace Priestly, Mother of Time.
They hiked for an hour around Gray Mountain, hopping across dried creeks that once brimmed with rainbows and browns.
Lively fellows, from seven to nine inches in length, rose two and three at almost every cast. We put on small flies and light leaders and forgot there were such things as big trout in Nova Scotia. It was joyous, old-fashioned fishing - a real treat for a change.
Henry Fonda discussing John Ford, "He seemed to have a compulsion not to talk about the script, or the part, the character, or the picture. If you came to his office you were more apt to talk about fishing or politics..."
Grant, "Ah, you'd be surprised. You a fisherman?"
Hunters, Fishermen And Other Liars Gather Here.
D.I. River, "Fishing. Solitary sport."
Lou Solverson, "What you say tomorrow we go fishin'."
The weather was always good (because it was always the same weather) and the fishing was always terrific (he probably caught at least some of the same fish over and over).
During the spring, water flowed over his fathers waterwheel with such force that it created a pool nearly ten feet deep and twenty-five feet long. Soon salmon and steelhead and trout from the Dungeness made their way up the irrigation ditch and gathered in schools in the pond.
Looking across the surface of the water he thought, I bet no one's fished here in an age, and his heart bumped when he saw the blimp of a trout feeding on the surface only ten metres out, then another farther away.
Jan Vokes, "There was no turning back then. I had him hook line and sinker."
Ben Thames, "I just couldn't stop fishing. I mean, the clouds are building up. The risk of getting hit by lightning was worth the reward of catching 20 inch cutthroats."
She was covered in tiny scales - not thickly layered, like Sissix's, but seamless, interlocking. She was silvery, almost reflective, like a fish in a river.
He would yell and carry on, demean Golden in every conceivable way .... or invite him out for an afternoon of male bonding in the form of carp fishing.
Haller, "Look, all I'm saying is we're still pulling in the nets, Harry. Let's finish pulling them in and then see what we got"
Claudio Mercado, "I began to listen to the sound of the river, and suddenly I began to hear music."
Monkey, "Not bad. And what's your plan for getting this fish into the boat so that we can actually eat it?"
Desmond MacCarthy, "When I used to go fishing with my Grandfather I would say "Thank you for taking me," and something like, "Pity we didn't catch anything." He said, "Never mind, always nice to be by a river."
John, "Hey, Harry. You keen on earning a coin? Babysitting a sleeping one."
The walls were covered with yellowed clippings from the local paper, angling competitions, soap box derbies. There was also a taxidermied pike, jaws agape.
The only thing I really missed was fishing, as the Comanches would not eat fish unless they were starving. Though even on my hunting trips, when I could have fished, I didn't.
Ona puffed out her withered lips. "Maybe you took it to check the address?"
Sergeant Healy, "If you wanna catch a big fish, you gotta drop a big hook, right where he likes to feed."
DI Joseph Chandler, "What do you do?"
Kunkel jerks his head toward the riverbed stones barely covered with water, and pitches his voice so only Heisinger can hear, "Trout must be bumping their balls on the bottom."
Pei, "I'm scared of leaky biosuits, I'm scared of vegetables that haven't been washed properly. I'm scared of fish."
Pablo, "Look, Ash, I think you're being paranoid about this. If Kelly's mum is one of them why wouldn't she have killed her before we got here?"
His only other passion in life, aside from his work, seemed to be fly-fishing; in particular, as he would explain to anyone who listened, his search for the noble and elusive Atlantic salmon.
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