The Contented Angler
Contented Woods
"But let me tell you that an angler's occupation is a
good cure for these evils, if for no other reason,
because it gently dissuadeth us from haste and leadeth
us away from feverish anxieties into those ways
which are pleasantness and those paths which are
peace.  For an angler cannot force his fortune by
eagerness, nor better it by discontent.  He must wait
upon the weather, and the height of the water, and
the hunger of the fish, and many other accidents of
which he has no control.  If he would angle well, , he
must not be in haste.  And if he be in haste, he will do
well to unlearn it by angling, for I think there is no
surer method."
"This fair tree that shadows us from the sun
hath grown many years in its place without
more unhappiness than the loss of its leaves
in winter, which the succeeding season doth
generously repair ; and shall we be less
contented in the place where God hath
planted us? or shall there go less time to the
making of a man than to the growth of a
tree? This stream floweth wimpling and
laughing down to the great sea which it
knoweth not; yet it doth not fret because the
future is hidden; and doubtless it were wise
in us to accept the mysteries of life as
cheerfully and go forward with a merry
heart, considering that we know enough to
make us happy and keep us honest for
to-day. A man should be well content if he
can see so far ahead of him as the next bend
in the stream. What lies beyond , let him
trust in the hand of God."
"Resting the Pool" by Diane Michelin. Copyright
Diane Michelin. Used by permission.
"For be sure of this, Scholar, the more a man
giveth himself to hatred in this world, the
more will he find to hate.  But let us rather
give ourselves to charity, and if we have
enemies (and what honest man hath them
not?) let them be ours, since they must, but
let us not be theirs, since we know better."

Above excerpts from :
The Ruling Passion
Henry Van Dyke
The Gentle Life
"Spruce Flats Falls" courtesy of Daniel P. Drake
We are thrilled to have Diane Michelin's "Resting the Pool"
enhance this page. Diane has a gift for capturing the art, the
poetry, and the philosophy of "being on the river"
The Contented Angler
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The Contented Woods is here to show our young people what fly
fishing once was.  It was an honorable passtime. Some corrupt
salesmen have made their way into fly fishing and turned it into an
underhanded business.