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"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

I’ve spent most of my life fishing, the rest I just wasted.

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The person that loses their conscience has nothing left worth keeping.

Izaak Walton



Like the site lots of information good graphics and links, before long I will be tying my own flies!

John Beech.





"If I fished only to capture fish, my fishing trips would have ended long ago." 
~Zane Grey


"The man who coined the phrase "Money can't buy happiness", never bought himself a good fly rod!"
~Reg Baird

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God never did make a more calm, quiet, innocent recreation than angling. Izaak Walton

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Walton's statue on the River Sow in Stafford Stafford born Author Izaak Walton
Izaak Walton
Born in 1593 in Stafford, Izaak Walton is famous throughout the world for his fishing book The Compleat Angler. It has since become one of the most loved and reprinted books in the English language.
Izaak Walton, author of the world-famous book The Compleat Angler, was born in Stafford in 1593. Leaving the town to serve an apprenticeship in London, Walton had his own business as a linen draper in the city by 1624.
However, he returned to Staffordshire for a while in his later life, and lived at Shallowford. You can visit the cottage he lived in, which is now maintained by Stafford Borough Council. Click on the link to find more details about The Izaak Walton Cottage. More Here.


TaoThe Tao of Flies
Low riding Caddis SBS. Very flexible pattern. Just change Quill color, hackle colors etc. you can use a dubbed body in place of the quill.
Wing: Elk
Hook: Fine Emerger Hook (I used an Orvis Czech hook) sizes 10-20addis
Thread: 70 denier or smaller
Body: Stripped peacock quill
Hackle: Brown and Grizzly
Thorax: Golden olive superfine

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Testament of a Fisherman 

"I fish because I love to; because I love the environs that 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 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 fishing waters; because only in the woods can I find solitude without loneliness; because bourbon out of an old tin cup tastes better out there; because maybe someday I will catch a mermaid; and, finally, not because I regard fishing as being so terribly important but because I suspect that so many other concerns of men are equally unimportant -- and not nearly so much fun"

~Robert Traver. 1964






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