Fishing Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old fishing quotes, fishing sayings, and fishing proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Calling fishing a hobby is like calling brain surgery a job.__     

Paul Schullery

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

Henry David Thoreau

Most of the world is covered by water. A fisherman's job is simple: Pick out the best parts.     

Charles Waterman

My Biggest worry is that when I'm dead and gone, my wife will sell my fishing gear for what I said I paid for it.     

Koos Brandt

I fish because I love to . . . because I love the environs where trout are found . . . because I suspect that men are going along this way for the last time, and I for one don't want to waste the trip . . . and, finally, not because I regard fishing as being so terribly important but because I suspect that so many of the other concerns of men are equally unimportant__and not nearly so much fun.     

Robert Traver

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

Tony Blake

I went fishing, and I caught a minnow. If you think that's tiny, you should see the bait I was using. What micro fish could resist my love?     

Jarod Kintz

Don't worry, he said, that grandfatherly smile spreading across his face once more, 'I've been fishing for over forty years._ You've got plenty of time to catch up, maybe even pass what I've done._ You're a perspicacious piscatorial pursuer, and I'm sure you'll catch the big ones.'     

S. Bradley Stoner

Fishing provides time to think, and reason not to. If you have the virtue of patience, an hour or two of casting alone is plenty of time to review all you've learned about the grand themes of life. It's time enough to realize that every generalization stands opposed by a mosaic of exceptions, and that the biggest truths are few indeed. Meanwhile, you feel the wind shift and the temperature change. You might simply decide to be present, and observe a few facts about the drifting cloudsFishing in a place is a meditation on the rhythm of a tide, a season, the arc of a year, and the seasons of life... I fish to scratch the surface of those mysteries, for nearness to the beautiful, and to reassure myself the world remains. I fish to wash off some of my grief for the peace we so squander. I fish to dip into that great and awesome pool of power that propels these epic migrations. I fish to feel- and steal- a little of that energy.     

Carl Safina

There are two types of fisherman - those who fish for sport and those who fish for fish.      


There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of the mind.     

Washington Irving

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

Fishing is much more than fish._ It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers.     

Herbert Hoover

Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught._     


Be patient and calm - for no one can catch fish in anger.     

Herbert Hoover

If I fished only to capture fish, my fishing trips would have ended long ago.     

Zane Grey

There are always new places to go fishing. For any fisherman, there's always a new place, always a new horizon.     

Jack Nicklaus

Fishing provides that connection with the whole living world. It gives you the opportunity of being totally immersed, turning back into yourself in a good way. A form of meditation, some form of communion with levels of yourself that are deeper than the ordinary self.     

Ted Hughes

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


Scholars have long known that fishing eventually turns men into philosophers._ Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to buy decent tackle on a philosopher's salary.     

Patrick McManus

I've gone fishing thousands of times in my life, and I have never once felt unlucky or poorly paid for those hours on the water.     

William Tapply

In every species of fish I've angled for, it is the ones that have got away that thrill me the most, the ones that keep fresh in my memory._ So I say it is good to lose fish._ If we didn't, much of the thrill of angling would be gone.     

Ray Bergman

A trout is a moment of beauty known only to those who seek it.     

Arnold Gingrich

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

The great charm of fly-fishing is that we are always learning.     

Theodore Gordon

Most fishermen swiftly learn that it's a pretty good rule never to show a favorite spot to any fisherman you wouldn't trust with your wife     

John Voelker

More than half the intense enjoyment of fly-fishing is derived from the beautiful surroundings, the satisfaction felt from being in the open air, the new lease of life secured thereby, and the many, many pleasant recollections of all one has seen, heard and done.     

Charles F. Orvis

Fishing is not an escape from life, but often a deeper immersion into it...     

Harry Middleton

In the best stories about fly fishing ... big fish are caught or lost; people say wild and spontaneous words; event becomes memory and sometimes, in the hands of a master, bleeds into art.     

Nick Lyons