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Fishing is Life - the rest is just details

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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.'

Poetry

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.
Unknown.

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.
Theocrites

Betcha' goin' fishin' all o' da' time
Baby goin' fishin' too.
Bet yo' life, yo' sweet wife
She gonna catch mo' fish than you.
Taj Mahal

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.
John Donne

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.
Don Carroll

Fishing sayings

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:
1) to catch a fish
2) to catch a lot of fish
3) to catch big fish
4) to catch difficult fish under difficult conditions
5) refinement of tackle and method
6) to catch a fish ... Charlie Kroll

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.
Anonymous

The one real object in fishing and angling is the pursuit and not the quarry.
From The Determined Angler by Charles Bradford

For me, stepping into a pair of waders is a lot like Clark Kent stepping into a phone booth.
From The Horse in My Garage and Other Stories by Patrick F. McManus

Rapids and rocks alternate with still waters and alders, riffs, and quiet pools offer their treaures to those who seek them.
From Random Casts by E.E. Millard

Quotes from Movies, TV, and non-fishing related fictional books

There's always a bigger fish.
Qui-Gon Jinn (Star Wars Episode 1)

The secret to fishing is being silly.
Grandma Hatch, Missouri, 2001 (TV news)

From now on, nothin' for me but fishin'! And no more wabbits!
E. Fudd

It's todays obsession - tomorrow it'll be fly-fishing.
Rita, of Coronation Street, in reference to Norris's newfound interest in the paranormal. (TV)

It's like fishing. You have to let some get away otherwise you'll have nothing to catch the next time.
Detective Inspector Bliss on losing a criminal case

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.
Ishmael (in Moby Dick by Herman Melville)

Beck: "I love this sport but sometimes I think it is the greatest waste of time anyone ever invented."
Detective Chief Inspector Foyle: "You know, you're right. Pint?"
Beck: "A pint, the fishing, the evening light."
From Foyle's War, a BBC production.

Quit wishing, go flyfishing!
Sign on Sheriff Jack Kolb's desk from the movie Blind Horizon.

If you throw trash along the highways or foul our rivers, I'm sorry to say you are not my friend.
Willie Nelson

Life and water are inseparable.
Willie Nelson

Fly-fishing is that kind of thing. It takes you to places that are beautiful.
Billy Labonte (TV)

A dead fish can float downstream, but it takes a live one to swim upstream.
WC Fields

It's not the fish you catch, it's the peace of mind you take home at the end of the day.
Hinzelmann in Neil Gaiman's book American Gods

Dad reckoned that fishing was ten percent brains and ninety-five percent muscle, and the rest was just good luck.
Dale Kerrigan, from the Australian movie The Castle

Cross, "Do you fish Lieutenant?"
Lieutenant Delillo, "No."
Detective Harrison, "The one that got away."
Cross nodded, "The one you never forget ... no one forgets."
From Never Fear by Scott Frost

Relationships end for all sorts of reasons. The best thing to do is go fishing.
Danny Crane (TV, Boston Legal, season 1)

The main thing is to get out fishing.
David Suzuki to his daughter Sarika (TV)

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.
From Bottled Spider by John Gardner

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.
From The Devil's Hatband by Robert Greer.

You don't catch 'em all. They're trout, after all. Grant 'em plenty of free will.
Bob Lamm (TV)

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.
Frank (the principal barber) to Ed (the second chair barber)
From The Man Who Wasn't There, a Coen brothers movie.

George Gently, "What are you doing?"
John Bacchus, "I'm doing it. I'm fishing. Why do I have to stand in the water? Why can't we just stand on the side and fish? Shall we go find a nice cafe and have egg and chips? I've got water in my boot now! I'm not happy. This is rubbish!"
From "The Burning Man," episode 1 of George Gently.

I have had many moments on trout streams during which the entire world seemed transformed.
From Healing Beyond the Body by Larry Dossey, M.D.

The woodlands and the rivers are calling out to me. It's the country that I live for, the place I love to be.
From the theme song to The Newfoundland Sportsman Show

On a river without a fly rod I'm a tourist. Rod in hand I become something else.
David James Duncan (From the video Trout Grass)

Larry: "You know, fish is a great brain food."
Moe: "You know, you should fish for a whale."
The Three Stooges in the movie Wham Bam Slam

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."
From Grinder by Mike Knowles

Noah Cross [serves fish for lunch]: "I hope you don't mind. I believe they should be served with the head."
Jake Gittes: "Fine. As long as you don't serve the chicken that way."
From the movie Chinatown

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?
Brendan Fraser fly-fishing in The Mummy - Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

...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.
Norman MacLean from A River Runs Through It

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."
From The Italian Secretary by Caleb Carr

Frank Enley (Van Heflin) to his wife ... "I was going fishing before you put on your first pair of bobby-sox."
From the movie Act of Violence

Dan ... "Manuel said that any fish that ate a bug was some kind of frog."
From the movie Captains Courageous

A framed needlepoint sign tacked to the front door read, Don't mind your waders - We're fly-fisher friendly.
From The Mongoose Deception by Robert Greer

This is why the Vikings settled here. Rivers and lakes filled with salmon and trout.
From The Stranger House by Reginald Hill

A bad days fishing is better than a good day at work - unless you're playing for the New York Yankees.
Yankee pitcher David Robertson (TV)

Being a detective was a bit like fishing. Endless casting, endless patience.
From Dead Tomorrow by Peter James

We're trying to hook them, not whip them to death.
From Killer Summer by Ridley Pearson

Anyone who describes fly-fishing with adjectives such as grace and concentration and thoughtful skill without including dire patience is probably an equipment salesman.
From Visible Darkness by Jonathon King

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.
From Broken Music by Sting

...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.
From Swan Peak by James Lee Burke

"I fly fished once on vacation," Valentine said. "I caught the hook in my earlobe."
From Deadman's Bluff by James Swain

...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.
From Blue Heaven by C.J. Box

... there are two kinds of anglers, those who have fallen off Monster Rock and those who are about to.
From Luck by T Jefferson Parker

"This is investigations. Right. Let the garbagemen handle the garbage. We're professional anglers. We go after the big fish."
Denzel Washington to Ethan Hawke, from the movie Training Day.

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.
From Remembrance Day by Henry Porter.

Gregory Peck, pointing to the river, "Trout?"
Jean Simmons, "No, catfish."
From the movie The Big Country

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.
From The Girl Hunters by Mickey Spillane

The water was translucent and three-foot trout strolled upriver, or hung in the current, lazy and fat.
From The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

Michinojo Iinuma, "Why are you catching them all? We're using the same bait!"
Seibi Iguchi, "You're trying too hard. The fish sense it."
From the movie The Twilight Samurai

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."
From the movie Departures

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.
From One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest by Ken Kesey

...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.
From The Given Day by Dennis Lehane

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.
Opening lines from the movie Big Fish

Grant sent the first cast hissing over the brown shining water, and felt that life was good.
From The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

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?"
From Pop. 1280 by Jim Thompson

Mose, "You and me, we never did go in for them green walnuts or dynamitin', did we?"
Jacob, "No, we didn't, Mose. We just fished the way you're supposed to. With a pole, line, hook and patience."
From The Bottoms by Joe Lansdale

There's no swimming upstream; you're not salmon.
From Life by Keith Richards

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.
From Armor by John Steakley

Suzy, "The, the stick's moving."
Sam, "You got one! Fish on the hook! Reel him in slooowly."
From the movie Moonrise Kingdom

The telephone repairman ... "I know fresh lakes in the north undisturbed except by fish and hawk ..."
From Stuart Little by E.B. White

Her mouth opened and closed like the rainbow trout he had tickled on the Bunn only last week before the trip to China.
From Falling Glass by Adrian McKinty

"The audience reached in and pulled the film out like a fisherman pulls out a big, beautiful fish."
Claudio Fragasso, from the documentary Best Worst Movie

Lind Litzke, "A fish has bitten."
From the movie Burn After Reading

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.
From the movie Ten Canoes

"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."
Jay Pritchett in the tv series Modern Family

"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."
From Sharps by K.J. Parker

"After she'd taken the bait," Preston Hatch will say, "I was able to quit fishing."
From Kings of the Earth by Jon Clinch

Willoughby, "Why, I got a cabin up in Wisconsin ... I got a couple of nice motor boats and the fishing's great.
From Little Caesar by W.R. Burnett

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.
From the Japanese movie Harakiri (Seppuku) (1962)

Lady Edith, "So he slipped the hook."
Lady Mary, "At least I'm not fishing with no bait."
From episode 1, season 1 of Downton Abbey

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.
From The Dog Stars by Peter Heller

I am young enough, I am old enough. I used to love to fish for trout more than almost anything.
From The Dog Stars by Peter Heller

Victor, "You gotta look like you just came back from killing a buffalo."
Thomas, "But our tribe never hunted buffalo, we were fishermen."
Victor, "What! You wannna look like you just came back from catching a fish?"
From the movie Smoke Signals (1998)

"Okay," the Senator said. "Let's try our hand at fishing."
"I have once been fishing with cables of electricity," the Minister said. "Very effective."
From The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson

I pushed a flat tin of cigarettes at him. His small neat fingers speared one like a trout taking the fly.
From The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

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.
From The Dying Hours by Mark Billingham

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.
From The Great Leader by Jim Harrison

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.
From The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Stoddard Thorsen, FBI Supervisor, "We used to go ice-fishing every November. Ice fishing. That's all anybody - that's what we lived for."
From the movie American Hustle

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?"
Superintendant Mattei, "Spare me the fishing lesson."
From the movie Le Cercle Rouge (1970)

Billy, "You know what I wanna be when I grow up?"
Lady, "What?"
Billy, "A fisherman. I wanna go fishing every day til I'm rich so I can move right next door to the jailhouse, so I can be close to my mommy."
From the movie Jackass presents - Bad Grandpa

Detective Rust Cohle, "I saw your table in there. You flyfish?"
Detective Martin Hart, "Little bit."
From season 1 episode 1 of True Detective

His lifelong obsession with fishing for brook trout was largely free. ... From The Great Leader by Jim Harrison

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.
Albert Einstein

Jack Crawford, "Okay Jimmy, watta you got?"
Jimmy Price, "Ahh, as you know, Will is a big fly-fisherman and designs all his own lures. Most anglers use feathers, fur, twine, bits of shell. They design each lure to catch a specific fish."
From season 1 episode 13 of Hannibal

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.
From The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

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.
From Black Cherry Blues by James Lee Burke

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."
From The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly

Man can learn a lot from fishing. When the fish are biting, no problem in the world is big enough too be remembered.
O.A. Batista

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.
From Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

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.
Norman Maclean

Assad, "You knew Daniel?"
Old fisherman, "No."
Swedish Policeman, "But he fished here every year and bought bait off you."
Old fisherman, "Sure, but I didn't know him."
From the movie The Keeper of Lost Causes

They gathered watercress and learned to tickle the mountain trout, and hunt for yabbies, the small freshwater crayfish abundant in the mountain streams.
From The Potato Factory by Bryce Courtenay

"Fishing flies," Rebus explained, smiling himself. "It's perfect for keeping my fishing flies in."
"No flies on you, eh?" said the youth.
From Tit for Tat by Ian Rankin

Boyd Crowder, "And suppose he just went fishin'?"
Marshall Raylan Givens, "You think that's what happened?"
Boyd Crowder, "Well I don't know because he didn't invite me on his fishin' trip. Did you try callin' him?"
Marshall Raylan Givens, "Give us the number to his burn and let's see if he's got it with him on his fishin' trip."
From Season 5 episode 4 of Justified

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."
From the documentary Muscle Shoals (2013)

Burt Shavitz, "I could go walk in the woods. I could go fishing. I could dig worms."
From the documentary Burt's Buzz (2014)

Beate, "So what do we do now?"
Harry, "We switch to plan B."
Beate, "Oh, and that is?"
Harry, "We're going fishing."
From Nemesis by Jo Nesbo

Father James Lavelle is fly-fishing ...
Fiona Lavelle, "How long have you been at this craft?"
Father James, "A couple of years. Supposed to be therapeutic."
Fiona, "Maybe I should take it up."
Father James, "Maybe you should."
From the movie Calvary

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.
From Hard Bite by Anonymous-9

PC Peter Noakes, "How is the weather in Madeira?"
Lady Browne, "Cloudy - but unburdened by smog."
PC Peter Noakes, "I understand they have a very particular fish there - because of the deep water."
Lady Browne, "I'm not much of an angler I'm afraid."
From season 3, episode 7 of Call the Midwife

... when psychic magnetism draws me, I cannot be certain I'm the fisherman and not the fish with the hook in its mouth.
From Brother Odd by Dean Koontz

Janet Scott, "He's a big fish in a dysfunctional small pond."
From Season 3, episode 6 of Scott and Bailey

"Take the wine out of the water and let's see if it got cold while we fished."
From On The Road by Jack Kerouac

Service, "Was your husband a trout fisherman?"
Fiannula, "I reckon that and the law was the only religions my man ever took to; trout on the fly."
From Strike Dog by Joseph Heywood

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.
From Neon Rain by James Lee Burke

Fermat's Last Theorem is solved, and a generation of tormented German graduate students can now go fishing.
Charles Krauthammer

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.
From Dead Drift by Spring Warren

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.
Detective Inspector Grant in The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Deputy Chief Irvin Irving, "So, I want you in charge of this fishing expedition detective."
Detective Bosch, "In case anything goes wrong."
From season 1 episode 4 of Bosch

Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani, "My sister's husband like fish. Every day I catch."
From the documentary The Cats Of Mirikitani

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?
From Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

He was like a large fish, I thought, sweeping the minnows aside in the current he pushed before him.
From Sherlock Holmes - The Army of Doctor Moreau by Guy Adams

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.
From La Brava by Elmore Leonard

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."
From the documentary The Great Train Robbery: A Tale of Two Thieves

DCI Mathias is studying an unfinished fly in the tying vise....
Caretaker, "Coch-y-Bondhu. That's a trout fly. Good innit. Have you seen better?"
DCI Mathias, "No."
From season 1 episode 1 of Hinterland

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.
From the documentary Bettie Page Reveals All

His tacit surrender was horrifying. "Man, you're hooked like a mountain trout. They're gonna pick you up sooner or later."
From No Beast So Fierce by Edward Bunker

Tom Donnelly, "My uncle took me fishing one time. He took the worm, put it in his mouth and he ate it."
From the movie Danny Collins

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."
From the 2003 documentary Born Rich

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."
From Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

He puffed on the pipe. He kept opening and closing his mouth over the brown stem like a fish smoking.
From The Butcher Boy by Patrick McCabe

Then he released the line on the forecast, and the streamer seemed to carom off the sky.
From Sanibel Flats by Randy Wayne White

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.
From The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

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."
Vivian Van Damm, "Pardon?"
Mrs. Henderson, "It's a fishermans term dear, it has to do with hooking a trout."
From the movie Mrs Henderson Presents.

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."
From the documentary Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me

Becky, "You'll be lost without your hobby."
Andy, "I'll get a new hobby."
Becky, "Like what?"
Andy, "Golf."
Becky, "Oh, right."
Andy, "Or fishing."
Becky, "Brilliant!"
Episode 6 of the tv series Detectorists

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."
From the documentary His and Hers

There was a spring-fed creek nearby. Geese and duck, three seasons out of four. Fish year round.
From Doc by Mary Doria Russell

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.
From Dry Bones in the Valley by Tom Bouman

Tambouille, "How's it going with the warmongers?"
Bazil, "They're hooked. We can reel them in. Get the net ready."
From the movie Micmacs (Micmacs a tire-larigot)

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."
From the movie Micmacs (Micmacs a tire-larigot)

The men shook hands and Puller came away almost believing he'd just held a fish.
From Zero Day by David Baldacci

The Scandanavian couple appeared, the stocky wife wearing a hairnet heavy enough to catch trout.
From California Gold by John Jakes

Every cop knew that all Matty really cared about was fly fishing and girls.
From In The Morning I'll Be Gone by Adrian McKinty

What the hell was he going to do next week - take up fishing or buy a dog?
From Standing In Another Man's Grave by Ian Rankin

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."
DC Lang, "How come?"
DC Blackstone, "Fishermen sometimes put maggots in their mouth to warm them up."
From season 5 episode 3 of DCI Banks

Sophie, "So what else is on your list?"
Peter, "Catch a big fish."
Sophie, "Great."
From episode 2 season 2 of Detectorists

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.
From The Great Leader by Jim Harrison

"Now, have you ever heard of this old Earth saying about teaching a man to fish?" Grace Priestly, Mother of Time.
From Time Salvager by Wesley Chu

They hiked for an hour around Gray Mountain, hopping across dried creeks that once brimmed with rainbows and browns.
From Gray Mountain by John Grisham

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.
From The Tent Dwellers by Albert Bigelow Paine

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..."
From the documentary Directed by John Ford (1971)

Grant, "Ah, you'd be surprised. You a fisherman?"
Halford, "Not unless you count the ones in my ornamental pond."
From season 1 episode 5 of New Tricks

Hunters, Fishermen And Other Liars Gather Here.
Sign in the Flagstaff Grand Canyon Cafe from the documentary The Search For General Tso

D.I. River, "Fishing. Solitary sport."
Jordan Merton, "I like my own company."
River, "Me too."
From season 1 episode 3 of River

Lou Solverson, "What you say tomorrow we go fishin'."
Molly Solverson, "Okay"
From season 2 episode 10 of Fargo

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).
From 11/22/63 by Stephen King

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.
From The Boys In The Boat by David James Brown

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.
From A Time for Justice by Nick Oldham

Jan Vokes, "There was no turning back then. I had him hook line and sinker."
From the documentary Dark Horse

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."
From the documentary Unbranded

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