Be sure to pause and relax as you wander
through this contented forest. You will pass
some old quotes and even some poetry devoted
to the "gentle art". Find something here and
take it with you on your next angling adventure.
Where the wandering water
From the hills above
In pools among the rushes
That scarce could bathe a
We seek for slumbering
And whispering in their ears
Give them unquiet dreams;
Leaning softly out
From ferns that drop their
Over the young streams.
Come away O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery hand in hand,
For the worlds more full of
than you can understand.
excerpt from " The Stolen
from The Collected Poems
of W.B. Yeats
"It has been said that the angler, like the poet, is born, not
made. This is a self-evident fact. Few men have risen to the
dignity of anglers who did not in early youth feel the
unconquerable impulse to go a fishing. There are, of course,
noteworthy exceptions, but the rule holds good. It might be
added, too, that the genuine angler is almost invariably a poet,
although he may not be a jingler of ryhmes- a ballad monger.
Though, perhaps, lacking the art of vessification, his whole life is
in istself, a well-rounded poem, and he never misses the
opportunity to "cast his line in pleasant places."
F. E. Pond
"Fishing with the Fly"
Orvis & Cheney
Photos in this forest used by
permission of Daniel P. Drake
The charm of fishing is that it is
the pursuit of something that is
elusive, but attainable a
perpetual series of occasions for
Only those become weary of
angling that bring nothing to it
but the idea of catching fish.
Angling is tightly woven in a
fabric of moral, social, and
philosophical threads which are
not easily rent by the violent
climate of our times.
Angling is somewhat like Poetry,
men are to be born so...
...fisherman constitute a seperate
class or subrace among the
inhabitants of the earth.
The true angler is generally a
If, as I suspect trout fishing is
somewhat of a disease, then it is
also somewhat of a therapy in
Tom Sutcliffe M.D.