God does not subtract...

from the allotted span of men's lives the hours spent fishing.

No one can catch...

fish in anger; by nature an optimist, for we are always going to have better luck in a few minutes or tomorrow.

Everyone concedes...

that fish will not bite in the presence of the public...including newspapermen.

All men are equal before fish...

though some class distinctions do exist: dry-fly devotees hold a bit superior to wet-fly; wet-fly to spinner; spinners to bait. However, toward the end of the day with no strikes, each social level collapses in turn down the scale until it gets some fish for supper.

Actual fish don't count...

we could buy them in the market for fraction of the cost of a fishing trip; fishing is much more than fish; is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers; also the chance to associate with fishermen, to renew old and long-time friendships; all fishermen and fisherladies are by nature friendly and righteous persons...no one of them ever went to jail while fishing-unless they forgot to buy a license; the spiritual uplift of the good will; cheerfulness and optimism accompanying every fishing expedition;

Fishing is much more...

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

To go fishing is the chance...

to wash one's soul with pure air, with the rush of the brook, or with the shimmer of sun on blue water. It brings meekness and inspiration from the decency of nature, charity toward tackle-makers, patience toward fish, a mockery of profits and egos, a quieting of hate, a rejoicing that you do not have to decide a darned thing until next week. And it is discipline in the equality of men - for all men are equal before fish."

There were lots of people who committed crimes...

during the year who would not have done so if they had been fishing, and I assure you that the increase in crime is due to a lack of those qualities of mind and character which impregnate the soul of every fisherman except those who get no bites.  Herbert Hoover 1930

Next to prayer...

fishing is the most personal relationship of man.

Fishing is good for the soul.

Fishing is good for one person to get to know another. - George Bush, Sr

Bill and Ben, two avid fisherman...

and well-known drunks, were out in a boat on their favorite lake one day drowning some worms and polishing off some brews. Suddenly, Bill got a nibble. Reeling it in, he found a bottle with a cork in it. Naturally curious, he uncorked the bottle and a large genie appeared. The genie said, "I will grant you one wish." Bill thought for a second and said, "I wish this whole lake was beer." Poof! His wish came true. The lake was now filled with their favorite brew. Ben looked at Bill in disgust and said, "You jerk, now if we want to take a leak, we have to do it in the boat."

While sports fishing off the...

Florida coast, a tourist capsized his boat. He could swim, but his fear of alligators kept him clinging to the overturned craft. Spotting and old beachcomber standing on the shore, the tourist shouted,"Are there any gators around here?!" "Naw," the man hollered back, "they ain't been around for years!" "Feeling safe, the tourist started swimming leisurely toward the shore. About halfway there he asked the guy,"How'd you get rid of the gators?" "We didn't do nothin'," the beachcomber said. "The sharks got 'em."

Two fish swim into...

a concrete wall.   One turns to the other and says "dam".