One of my favorite authors is Robert Traver aka John D. Voelker. I have read Trout Madness and Trout Magic a few times already and suspect that I will read it a few times more.
He described himself " as a lawyer gone wrong; a man possessed of a fourteen-carat legal education who has gaily neglected it to follow the siren call of trout."
Below is some of my favorite quotes from his books.
Testament of a fisherman
"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 what 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 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 in the woods I can find solitude without loneliness. ... 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."
"The best time to go fishing is when you can get away."
"Most fishermen swiftly learn that it's a pretty good rule never to show a favorite spot to any fisherman you wouldn't trust with your wife"
There is no substitute for fishing sense, and if a man doesn’t have it, verily, he may cast like an angel and still use his creel largely to transport sandwiches and beer.
Now if anyone has a spare copy of his book "Anatomy of a fisherman" lying around please let me know.