Sound Presidential Soundbites

presidents illustration I cannot tell a lie. I had to sneak away this morning and do a little fishing on the Guadalupe. Between flu bugs and birthday parties and bronchitis and thunderstorms, it’s been hard to find time on the water. So I decided to play hooky this morning – in the name of Presidents’ Day of course!

I think our forefathers would totally be okay with it. Based on the following quotations, they sound like fairly level-headed guys. Hell, they sound like fisherman.

If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six hours sharpening my ax.” Abraham Lincoln

This pretty much sums up my preparation for today’s fishing adventure. I spent all afternoon yesterday readying myself for a fast-break at the break of dawn this morning. I filled the car with gas. I went to Target and purchased a memory stick for my new digital camera. I charged the digital camera. Attached new leader to my fly line. Buckled down and put all my tippet in a new Ziploc. Lined up my waders and boots in the kitchen. Tidied up my gear bag which, although filled with trash, still had remnants of a price tag on it. Moved things around on the lanyard. Moved them back into place.

Then I’d say I fished for about an hour and a half.

Be sure to put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”Abraham Lincoln

And wear good wading boots.

He was incapable of fear, meeting personal dangers with the calmest unconcern.”Thomas Jefferson describing George Washington

This also describes the one fish I hooked up with this morning. With complete calm and unconcern, the trout simply unhooked himself as if I’d greased the fly in butter, laughed at me over his shoulder, and swam away.

It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.”George Washington

Yep, George was a fisherman, allright.

Most folks are about as happy as they make their minds up to be.”Abraham Lincoln

All I can say is I’m on cloud nine after my morning on the water.

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” – Abraham Lincoln

Hmmm, I suppose I violated this one. But couldn’t we argue that the act of fishing is not an act of evasion, but is actually quite essential? Certainly that’s not a revolutionary idea with this crowd.

Either way, when you start your Monday standing in the middle of a beautiful river and the sun is gleaming, the outlook is pretty bright.

Hail to the chiefs.


13 Responses to “Sound Presidential Soundbites”
  1. KBarton10 says:

    “I like the job I have, but if I had to live my life over again, I would like to have ended up a sports writer.” – Richard Millhouse Nixon

  2. nice addition! thanks kbarton

    anyone else have any good (or funny?) presidential quotes? if so, feel free to throw ‘em in the mix

  3. Parker says:

    Genius blog entry!!

    “You can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.”
    -Abraham Lincoln

    Or in your case this morning…a trout some of the time! Sounded like you had a wonderful morning on the Guad. Well done.

  4. Dash says:

    After putting in a 13 hour day at the office (not including the hour commute), all I can say is I’m seriously jealous. Glad you had a fun day, though.

  5. Dave - SLF says:

    If Lincoln had been a fisherman, he’d likely be known as “Lyin’ Abe.”

  6. Penn says:

    “All men are equal before fish.” Herbert Hoover

    It’s one of the most overused quotes – but maybe that’s because it’s true.

  7. TCWriter says:

    Fly fishing is only an act of evasion if you (incorrectly) assume your purpose in life is to work.

  8. Pete says:

    Don’t foul, don’t flinch. Hit the line hard.
    –Teddy Roosevelt

  9. yall are really good at this. great quotations…

  10. FlyOnTheWater (aka Greg) says:

    “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far” – Theodore Roosevelt

    But in your case we can change it up to “Walk softly and carry a big stick(wading staff); you will go far”

    I always thought wading staffs where for old folks. However, I think it is their wise wisdom which is why they use one. It will keep you upright and fishing dryer, no doubt.


    Hopefully I didn’t mis-read this one, if so please forgive me! I am thinking you wanted more then 1 1/2 hours on the river. But you went tubing without the tube you might say and way to early in the season. “That water is cold”

  11. DNR says:

    “Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers.” – Herbert Hoover

  12. ralph says:

    “If Lincoln had been a fisherman, he’d likely be known as ‘Lyin’ Abe.” ha ha

    “You should of seen it, my constituency was THIS BIG!”

  13. “In these sad and ominous days of mad fortune-chasing, every patriotic, thoughtful citizen, whether he fishes or not, should lament that we have not among our countrymen more fishermen.” Grover Cleveland

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