|The Contented Angler
"Where fly fishing is still an
|"Unless one can enjoy himself fishing with the fly, even when his efforts are
unrewarded, he loses much real pleasure. More than half the intense enjoyment
of fly fishing is derived from the beautiful surroundings, the satisfaction felt from
being in the open air, the new lease of life secured thereby, and the many
pleasant recollections of all one has seen, heard, and done."
Charles F. Orvis
"Fishing with the Fly"
|Never was night more pure, never was sea more winning ; never
were the hearts of men moved by deeper emotions than on that
night and by that sea when Peter and John, and other of the
disciples, were waiting for the master.
Peter said, "I go a fishing." John and Thomas, and James and
Nathanael, and the others, said, "we will go with you."
Some commentators have supposed and thought that, when
Peter said, "I go a fishing" he announced the intention of
retrurning to his old ways in which he had earned his daily bread ;
that his Master was gone, and he thought that nothing remained
for him but the old hard life of toil.
It seems unlikely that Peter and John could have been in any
such gloom and despondency as to think of resuming their old
employment at this time. Perhaps the disciples, weary with their
long waiting for him on the shore of the sea, sought comfort and
solace and incitement to thought in going a-fishing.
If one could have the story of that night of fishing, the
conversations in the boat, the surrounding scenes, the unspoken
thoughts of the fishermen, it would make the grandest story of
fishing the world has ever known. Its end was grand when in the
morning the voice of the Master came over the sea, asking them
the familiar question, in substance the same which they, like all
fishermen, had heard a thousand times, "Have you any fish?"
Excerpt from, W.C. Prime
"Why Peter went a - fishing."
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