WHY WE FISH
Reel Wisdom From Real Fishermen
“ Many men go fishing their entire lives
without knowing it is not fish they are after. ”
—Henry David Thoreau
Why do we fish?
Most fishermen (and women) don’t stop to analyze why we love fishing. We’re too busy planning our next trip or daydreaming about the fish that got away.
Award-winning outdoors writer Robert Montgomery discovered that
we fish to remember, and we fish to forget. We fish when we’re happy,
and when we’re sad. We fish to bond with friends and family, or to be
Whatever our motivation, no matter where we are on the success
spectrum, fishing makes our lives better in ways we never could have
imagined. It slows us down. It sets us free. It teaches us about nature,
even while showing us how much we don’t know. And fishing becomes
the foundation for our fondest memories.
We hook fish; they hook us. It’s that simple.
In Why We Fish, Robert examines the reasons we keep going back to the
water and how fishing enriches us, both individually and as a society.
Contributed by ten passionate anglers, the essays on these pages
celebrate the tangible and intangible blessings we derive from one of
man’s oldest pastimes.
What is life all about? Go fishing and find out. But first, enjoy the wonderful essays in
Why We Fish.