I fish because I love to…

It is soon to be Easter, not that I am “into” easter apart from chocolate and a long weekend. I hope this weather clears up.

My fishing pal Emannuelle sent me this rather nice quote by – Robert Traver, 1964 (Judge John Voelker, 1903-1993)

I fish because I love to; because I love the environs 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 and 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 mercifully there are no telephones on trout waters; 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 other concerns of men are equally unimportant – and not nearly so much fun.

2 comments to I fish because I love to…

  • Kia Ora (Hello) from “human Kelvin” down under in New Zealand. Interesting reading, but……mobile phones spoil the fishing now !!! I like chocolate too.

  • I’ve had the pleasure of visiting a few of The Judge’s old haunts around Ishpeming,MI. I think he’s still haunting them.