“I still don’t know why I fish or why other men fish, except that we like it and it makes us think and feel. But I do know that if it were not for the strong, quick life of rivers, for their sparkle in the sunshine, for the cold grayness of them under rain and the feel of them about my legs as I set my feet hard down on rocks or sand or gravel, I should fish less often.”
I found this quote visiting one of the blog fishing greats. If you have not found this blog yet I would recommend it troutunderground.com. He reviews the book that the quote came from, called “A River Never Sleeps” by Roderick Haig. Although I have not sat down to read the book, the qoute is sound.
I emailed the quote to a number of fishing buddies of mine. All of them had thoughts about the quote. One old friend wrote down a note about the many trips we had been on together. Some in the rain, some in the snow, but all had moments somewhere on them that we talked about how wonderful the Rivers are… That, “If the rocks could tell stories. Will the canyons ever find bottom?” I guess with out all that around us, without those moment of pause, what would be the point? I thought it was a great quote.
We have had a couple of good days Salmon fishing on the Willamette River here in Oregon… Our first day was a little rainy but got 4. Give us Call lets see if we have a date left that will work for you.