I know that much of my own pleasure in fishing is in the flowing ease of thought that comes upon me as I fish. This is compounded of many things; of companionship or solitude, of a rivers moods and changes, a birds flight, a fish’s leap, a lakes calm or stir. It grows from wind and weather and season, from theories built and tried, from endless curiosity and the constant expectancy that goes with fishing. It is made smoother and easier by the mechanical efficiency of sensible tackle and a moderate skill in casting and wading. It is broadened by a decent knowledge of the ways of water and fish and the creatures fish depend on, as well as by the whole frame of reference that is a mans mind.
Roderick L Haig-Brown – Fisherman’s Spring