Sentimental Waters

This is a fishing blog that is punctuated with some thought provoking quotes and pictures of good times. Enjoy!

“To him, all good things – trout as well as eternal salvation- come by grace, and grace comes by art, and art does not come easy.”
~ Norman Maclean from the book “A River Runs Through It”

“There’s a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore like an idiot.”
~ Steven Wright

I spent two days fishing the Williamson River with my oldest son Nathan and the best fishing guide in Oregon, which I guess makes him one of the best guides in the country, Marlon Rampy, Wildwest Fly Fishing. Although the fishing wasn’t as productive as it has been on other trips, what we might have lacked in quantity of fish caught was more than made up for with quality of time. As usual Nathan kicked my butt by taking all honors on the boat … First Fish, Most Fish and Biggest Fish. I like to look at that from a different perspective and simply say that he is the better fisherman because those that can do (Nathan) and those that can’t teach (me) and that I have taught him well.

This trip provided the usual entertainment of jokes, talking Duck football and quoting (or misquoting) lines from The Big Lebowski (isn’t there a little bit of The Dude in all guys?), but it also provided an opportunity to take some time to ponder how great life is and how much better it is when spent with family and good company. I hope this Summer has provided you some opportunity, big or small, to share some time and build some memories with someone that truly matters.

“The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.”
~by John Buchan~

 

“Listen to the sound of the river and you will get a trout.”
~Irish proverb~

“The fishing was good; it was the catching that was bad.”
~A.K. Best~

“The finest gift you can give to any fisherman is to put a good fish back, and who knows if the fish that you caught isn’t someone else’s gift to you?” Lee Wulff

“They say you forget your troubles on a trout stream, but that’s not quite it. What happens is that you begin to see where your troubles fit into the grand scheme of things, and suddenly they’re just not such a big deal anymore.”
John Gierach