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[ Also see Amusements Bait Fish Fishermen Flyfishing Sport Trout ]

I still don't know why I fish or why other men fish, except we like it and it makes us think and feel.
      - Roderick L. Haig-Brown,
        A River Never Sleeps

Best fishing in troubled waters.
      - Sir John Harington (Harrington),
        Orlando Furioso (bk. XII)

To fish in troubled waters.
      - Matthew (Mathew) Henry, Commentaries
         (Psalm LX)

You must loose a flie to catch a trout.
  [You must lose a fly to catch a trout.]
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

He has well fished and caught a frog.
      - John Heywood, Proverbs (pt. I, ch. 11)

See how he throws his baited lines about,
  And plays his men as anglers play their trout.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.,
        The Banker's Secret

Anglers boast of the innocence of their pastime; yet it puts fellow-creatures to the torture. They pique themselves on their meditative faculties; and yet their only excuse is a want of thought.
      - Leigh Hunt (James Henry Leigh Hunt),
        The Indicator (XI)

Fly fishing is a very pleasant amusement; but angling or float fishing, I can only compare to a stick and a string, with a worm at one end and a fool at the other.
      - attributed to Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        see Robert Stephen Hawker's On Worm Fishing, also see Notes and Queries, Dec. 11, 1915,
        (not found in Johnson's works)

A fishing-rod is a stick with a hook at one end and a fool at the other.
      - attributed to Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        according to William Hazlitt "Essay on Egotism--The Plain Speaker",
        jest has also been ascribed to Jonathan Swift

Honestly, there are times when I could care less if I catch anything at all.
      - Allen Morris Jones,
        about fishing, in "Big Sky Journal"
         (vol. VIII, p. 74)

His angle-rod made of a sturdy oak;
  His line, a cable which in storms ne'er broke;
    His hook he baited with a dragon's tail,--
      And sat upon a rock, and bobb'd for whale.
      - William King (2), Upon a Giant's Angling,
        ascribed to him by Chalmers in British Poets

Down and back at day dawn,
  Tramp from lake to lake,
    Washing brain and heart clean
      Every step we take.
        Leave to Robert Browning
          Beggars, fleas, and vines;
            Leave to mournful Ruskin
              Popish Apennines,
                Dirty stones of Venice,
                  And his gas lamps seven,
                    We've the stones of Snowdon
                      And the lamps of heaven.
      - Charles Kingsley, Letters and Memories,
        (edited by Mrs. Kingsley)

If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles.
      - Doug Larson

He has gone to fish, for his Aunt Jobliska's
  Runcible Cat with crimson whiskers!
      - Edward Lear, The Pobble Who Has No Toes

All fish are not caught with flies.
      - John Lyly (Lylie or Lyllie), Euphues
         (p. 350)

Simple Simon went a-fishing
  For to catch a whale,
    But all the water he had got
      Was in his mother's pail.
      - Old Nursery Rhyme

Ever let your hook be hanging; where you least believe it, there will be a fish in the stream.
  [Lat., Semper tibi pendeat hamus:
    Quo minime credas gurgite, piscis erit.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Ars Amatoria
         (bk. III, 425)

Opportunity is ever worth expecting; let your hood be ever hanging ready. The fish will be in the pool where you least imagine it to be.
  [Lat., Casus ubique valet; semper tibi pendeat hamus.
    Quo minime credas gurgite, piscis erit.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Ars Amatoria
         (bk. III, 425)

In a bowl to sea went wise men three,
  On a brilliant night in June:
    They carried a net, and their hearts were set
      On fishing up the moon.
      - Thomas Love Peacock,
        The Wise Men of Gotham--Paper Money Lyrics
         (st. 1)

In genial spring, beneath the quivering shade,
  Where cooling vapors breathe along the mead,
    The patient fisher takes his silent stand,
      Intent, his angle trembling in his hand;
        With looks unmov'd, he hopes the scaly breed,
          And eyes the dancing cork, and bending reed.
      - Alexander Pope, Windsor Forest (l. 135)

If you swear you will catch no fish.
      - Proverb, (English)

You cannot hook trout? Try digging clams.
      - Proverb, (Chinese)

Give me mine angle, we'll to th' river: there,
  My music playing far off, I will betray
    Tawny-finned fishes. My bended hook shall pierce
      Their slimy jaws; and as I draw them up,
        I'll think them every one an Antony,
          And say, 'Ah, ha! are caught!'
      - William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra
         (Cleopatra at II, v)

'Twas merry when
  You wagered on your angling, when your diver
    Did hang a salt fish on his hook, which he
      With fervency drew up.
      - William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra
         (Charmian at II, v)

Frateretto calls me, and tells me Nero is an angler in the lake of darkness. Pray, innocent, and beware the foul fiend.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (Edgar at III, vi)

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