A Few Fishing Quotes I Like

So many good ones to choose from, but here are a few I like. Have any good ones? If so, share them below!

I often think of this one while driving my boat through rain, a long ways from the ramp:

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

I’ll offer two from my favorite fishing author, the “Mark Twain of fishing”:

“I used to like fishing because I thought it had some larger significance. Now I like fishing because it’s the one thing I can think of that probably doesn’t.”
—John Gierach

“Sure, it was your idea and your fly, but he caught the big fish. Remember, fairness is a human idea largely unknown in nature.”
―John Gierach

Having trouble catching fish? An old, old problem:

“Soon after I embraced the sport of angling I became convinced that I should never be able to enjoy it if I had to rely on the cooperation of the fish.”
—Sparse Grey Hackle

Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will also come with you.” They went out and got into the boat; and that night they caught nothing.
—John 21:3

And my favorite, written poetically in A River Runs Through It, even better listening to Robert Redford narrate it at the close of the movie version he directed. Watch it here:

“Like many fly fishermen in western Montana where the summer days are almost Arctic in length, I often do not start fishing until the cool of the evening. Then in the Arctic half-light of the canyon, all existence fades to a being with my soul and memories and the sounds of the Big Blackfoot River and a four-count rhythm and the hope that a fish will rise.

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 those rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs.

I am haunted by waters.”
―Norman Maclean

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About Tom Redington’s Blog

Welcome to my exclusive fishing blog for Boys' Life magazine. I look forward to sharing my experiences with you in the coming months.

From fishing as a pro on the FLW Tour bass circuit to guiding, filming fishing shows and fun fishing with my Cub Scout son, I spend a lot of time on the water around the country.

I’ll pass along some of my fishing tips, keep you updated on what’s happening in the world of fishing, and tell you about some of my experiences in the great outdoors.


  1. Lord Baden Powell kept this prayer on his desk. “Lord suffer me to catch a fish so large that even I in talking of it afterwards, shall have no reason to lie.”

  2. “The years are tough and they get tougher. But at the end of the year, you take a deep breath and go fishing” – Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, CSC

  3. Give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach a man to fish, and he eats for a lifetime.
    -Whoever made that.

    • true my dad told me that at the same time as my mom and I also said it that is so famous lots of people know it,but how come tom dosent like youres

  4. Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will be frustrated for a lifetime.

    Someone else.

  5. “The two best times to fish is when it’s rainin’ and when it ain’t” – Rancid Crabtree

    (McManus, Patrick F. Never Sniff a Gift Fish. 1979. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1983. Print.)

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