Saturday, November 8, 2008
Another beautiful quote
Testament of a fisherman
by John Voelker AKA Robert Traver
"I fish because I love to; because I love the environment where trout are found, which are invariably beautiful, and hate the environs where crowds of people are found, which are invariably ugly; because of all the television commercials, cocktail parties, and assorted social posturing I thus escape; because in a world where most men seem to spend their lives doing things they hate, my fishing is at once an endless source of delight and an act of small rebellion; because trout do not lie or cheat and cannot be bought or bribed or impressed by power, but respond only to quietude or humility and endless patience; 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; because only in the woods can I find solitude without loneliness; because bourbon out of an old tin cup always tastes better out there; because maybe one day I will catch a mermaid; and, finally, not because I regard fishing as being so terribly important but because I suspect that so many of the concerns of men are equally unimportant---and not nearly so much fun."
Posted by Erik Helm at 10:52 AM
Labels: fly fishing, quote, trout
I am a middle aged hyper-creative writer, angler, and hopeless romantic.
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I've always known, but this sums up quite well, why I am more motivated to wake on those mornings I fish as opposed to those on which I work.ReplyDelete