Testament of a fisherman

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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
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