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The Testament of a Fisherman

By: Robert Traver 1964


(EVEN THOUGH THIS IS ABOUT TROUT FISHING, I FELT IT TO BE APPROPRIATE)


I fish because I love to, because I love the environs where 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 seem to 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 trout waters;   

Because only in the woods can I find solitude without loneliness;  

    Because bourbon out of an old tin cup always tastes better out there;  

    Because maybe one day I will catch a mermaid;  

    And, finally, not because I regard fishing as being so terribly important but because I suspect that so many of the other concerns of men are equally unimportant – and not nearly so much fun.

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