Fishing Quotes

The following is a collection of colloquialisms, sayings, quotes, and fishing related truisms. Please send all submittals to the Webmaster

Often I've been exhausted on trout streams, uncomfortable, wet, cold, briar-scarred, sunburned, mosquito-bitten, but never, with a fly rod in my hand, have I been unhappy.

Charles Kuralt: America, 1966

Carpe Diem' does not mean 'fish of the day'.


If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles.

Doug Larson

The two best times to fish is when itís raininí and when it ainít.

Patrick F. McManus

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

Henry David Thoreau

Flyfishing is like sex, everyone thinks there is more than there is, and that everyone is getting more than their share.

Henry Kanemoto, 1996

If fishing is interfering with your business, give up your business.

Sparse Grey Hackle (Alfred W. Miller)

Fly-fishing is the most fun you can have standing up.

Arnold Gingrich, 1969

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, 1976

Some go to church and think about fishing, others go fishing and think about God.

Tony Blake

Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught.


Fishing is a... discipline in the equality of men - for all men are equal before fish.

Herbert Hoover

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

Give a man a fish and he has food for a day; teach him how to fish and you can get rid of him for the entire weekend.

Zenna Schaffer

Bragging may not bring happiness, but no man having caught a large fish goes home through an alley.


It has always been my private conviction that any man who pits his intelligence against a fish and loses has it coming.

John Steinbeck

The gods do not deduct from man's allotted span the hours spent in fishing.

Babylonian Proverb

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


There's a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore like an idiot.

Steven Wright

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