Fishing Quotes

Fishing Quotes

Below is a list of over 25 fly fishing quotes that put into words those those special moments on the water.  Fly fishing is more than just experiencing a trout on the end of your line.  For me it is the smells and sounds, the cold water and deep green shadows.

  •  Fishing is a… discipline in the equality of men – for all men are equal before fish.”

~Herbert Hoover

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  • “If I am not going to catch anything, then I’d rather not catch anything on flies.”

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  • “There is always time for one more cast.”


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  • Life and fishing are very similar, you never know what’s at the end of the line.”

~Me, David Humphries

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  • “Fishing with my Son…Priceless.”


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  • “Everyone should believe is something: I believe I’ll go fishing…”

~Henry David Thoreau

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  • Eventually all things merge into one and a river runs through it.”

~Norman Maclean

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It’s easy to engrave a quote onto a wooden fly box.  Simply select a background and type in your quote, I usually mail the box within a day.



  • “I am haunted by…shadows.”


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  • “To him, all things – trout as well as salvation – come by art and art does not come easy.”

~Norman Maclean

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  • “If fishing is like religion, then fly-fishing is high church.”

~Tom Brokaw

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

~Arnold Gingrich

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  • “Fly fishing is the most fun you can have standing up.”




  • “The fishing was good; it was the catching that was bad.”

~A.K. Best

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Get a favorite fly fishing quote engraved onto an Aluminum Fly Box.  Your flies are precious, carry them in a flybox worthy of your tying efforts.


  • “Fly fishing may be considered the most beautiful of all rural sports.”

~Frank Forester

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One of my favorite fly fishing quotes…

  • “I go fishing not to find myself but to lose myself.”

~Joseph Monniger

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Maybe not a quote, but definitely a term many fly fishers relate too.

Trout Bum

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Another TROUT BUM fly box.  A simple statement of definition.

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

~John Steinbeck

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

~Henry David Thoreau

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This quote is easily in my top ten.

  • “The finest gift you can give to another 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

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  • “There is no greater fan of fly fishing than the worm.”

~Patrick F. McManus

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  • “There ain’t but one time to go fishin’ and that’s whenever you can.”

~Diron Talbert

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  • “One thing becomes clearer as one gets older and ones fishing experience increases, and that is the paramount importance of ones companions.”

~John Ashley

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A fantastic gift for any fly fisher is a personalized plastic fly box.  A fly box with a special quote will be cherished for a lifetime.


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

~Zane Grey

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

~Harry Middleton


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That’s my my current list of favorite quotes.  If you have a quote and would like to see it posted or put onto a fly box send me an email at  My Facebook page Fly Fishing Quotes also has more quotes.

Thanks “Tight Lines and Full Nets”