“They say you forget your troubles on a trout stream, but that’s not quite it. What happens is that you begin to see where your troubles fit in the grand scheme of things, and suddenly they’re just not such a big deal anymore.” John Gierach

“The question is not whether successful fisherman believe in God, but, more to the point, vice versa.” Don Roberts

The best fishermen I know try not to make the same mistakes again: instead they strive to make new and interesting mistakes and try to remember what they learned from them.” John Gierach


“Angling is, or should be, essentially a philosophic and reflective engagement, rewarding the practitioner not only with trout, but with a gentler and more matured comprehension of life itself” Ben Hur Lampman

“I look into my fly box and think about all the elements I should consider in choosing the perfect fly: water temperature, what stage of development the bugs are in, what the fish are eating right now. Then I remember what a guide told me: Ninety percent of what a trout eats is brown and fuzzy and about five-eights of an inch long.” Allison Moir

“If fishing is religion, fly fishing is high church” Tom Brokaw


“Blessings upon all that contention, and love quietness, and virtue, and Angling” Isaac Walton

“I have never lost a little fish – Yes, I’m free to say. It was always the biggest fish I caught that got away.” Eugene Field

“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters.” Norman Mclean


“Fishing friends are long friends because the doing of it is an intense perceptive preoccupation and one that is charged with unexpected humor” Edward Weeks

“Fly-fishing is solitary, contemplative, misanthropic, scientific in some hands, poetic in others, and laced with conflicting aesthetic considerations. It is not even clear if catching fish is actually the point.” John Gierach

“But remember, the back cast is the foundation, and that unless it is solid the superstructure will be rickety.” Henry P. Wells


“Angling is, or should be, essentially a philosophic and reflective engagement, rewarding the practitioner not only with trout, but with a more mature comprehension of life itself” Ben Hur Lampman

“I held the tiny nymph on my fingertips, a mere speck I duplicated with a clumsy fake. As I cast it into the fast-moving current, I too become a speck, held by the the expanse of beauty that surrounded me, engulfed by a sense of peace as enormous as the nymph had been small. Amongst the mighty scheme of things, I felt I had a place.” Chiyo Sagara

“The fish and I were both stunned and disbelieving to find ourselves connected by a line.” William Humphrey


“The finest gift you can give to any fisherman is to put a good fish back, and who knows if the fish that you caught isn’t someone else’ s gift to you?” Lee Wulff

“My biggest worry is that my wife (when I am dead) will sell my fishing gear for what I said I paid for it” Koos Brandt

“Twice I had the feeling…of a sudden anticipation of catching a fish so strong that it amounts to certainty. I suppose it is partly the harmony of effective presentation when everything else is auspicious, so that a take seems in that moment to be the only feasible conclusion” J.R. Hartley


“By the time I turned thirty, I’d realized two important things. One, I had to fish. Two, I had to work for a living.” Mallory Burton

“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

“One moment you’re holding a dripping, sparkling fish, the next you’re looking at the water seeing an image of yourself and no one else. For a moment, you know precisely who you are.” John Gierach


“Now the virtue of trout fishing is that it, of all pursuits, rewards the dreamer with the realization of his dream.  The trout are more beautiful than he remembered them as being, and the day, the scene and the occupation are the harmony. That is why men go trout fishing. “ Ben Hur Lapman

“It is the glory of the art of angling that its disciples never grow old. The muscles may relax and the beloved rod become a burden, but the fire of enthusiasm kindled in youth is never extinguished”  George Dawson

“You will search far to find a fisherman who’ll admit that a taste for fishing, like a taste for liquor, must be governed lest it come to possess its possessor.” Sparse Grey Hackle

Febuary quotes

By Guest Blogger Alex

“The farther you travel to fish, the worse the fishing will be. However, it will improve immediately after you leave to return home, thus the old saying: the fishing is always better the day before you got there and the day after you leave” Max Schulman

“And this our life, exempt from public haunt – finds tongues in trees, and books in running brooks –  sermons in stones, and good in every thing. I would not change it” William Shakespeare

“Some go to church and think about fishing, others go fishing and think about God” Tom Brokaw

To My Friend…

By Guest Blogger Alex

After losing three Steelhead on Saturday I just had to go back to Maupin. This fish is dedicated to my good friend David who unfortunately could not join me today. It just wasn’t the same without you, man!
I finally landed it. Here’s to you…

PS: The fish was out of the water for about five seconds. He is safe and sound back in the water, getting fatter for the next time we come around.