Fishing Quotes

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

There’s a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore like an idiot.
– Steven Wright

To climb a tree to catch a fish is talking much and doing nothing.
– Chinese Proverb

Govern a family as you would cook a small fish – very gently.
– Chinese Proverb

Reading about baseball is a lot more interesting than reading about chess, but you have to wonder: Don’t any of these guys ever go fishing?
– Dave Shiflett

Give a man a fish, and he can eat for a day. But teach a man how to fish, and he’ll be dead of mercury poisoning inside of three years.
– Charles Haas

Somebody just back of you while you are fishing is as bad as someone looking over your shoulder while you write a letter to your girl.
– Ernest Hemingway

Rivers and the inhabitants of the watery elements are made for wise men to contemplate and for fools to pass by without consideration.
– Izaac Walton

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

I love fishing. You put that line in the water and you don’t know what’s on the other end. Your imagination is under there.
– Robert Altman

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

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

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

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

There is no use in your walking five miles to fish when you can depend on being just as unsuccessful near home.
– Mark Twain

This planet is covered with sordid men who demand that he who spends time fishing shall show returns in fish.
– Leonidas Hubbard Jr.

There is certainly something in fishing that tends to produce a gentleness of spirit, a pure serenity of mind.
– Washington Irving

…trout that doesn’t think two jumps and several runs ahead of the average fisherman is mighty apt to get fried.
– Beatrice Cook

When you fish with a flie, if it be possible, let no part of your line touch the water, but your flie only.
– Isaak Walton

All fishermen are liars; it’s an occupational disease with them like housemaid’s knee or editor’s ulcers.
– Beatrice Cook