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I tried to find something I already knew about life that might help me reach out and touch my brother and get him to look at me and himself.
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My father was very sure about certain matters pertaining to the universe. To him all good things-trout as well as eternal salvation-come by grace and grace comes by art and art does not come easy.

— Norman Maclean

In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing. We lived at the junction of great trout rivers in western Montana, and our father was a Presbyterian minister and a fly fisherman who tied his own flies and taught others. He told us about Christ's disciples being fishermen, and we were left to assume, as my brother and I did, that all first-class fishermen on the Sea of Galilee were fly fishermen and that John, the favorite, was a dry-fly fisherman.

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So it is that we can seldom help anybody. Either we don't know what part to give or maybe we don't like to give any part of ourselves. Then, more often than not, the part that is needed is not wanted. And even more often, we do not have the part that is needed.

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Many of us would probably be better fishermen if we did not spend so much time watching and waiting for the world to become perfect

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I knew that, when needed, mountains would move for me.

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Life every now and then becomes literature ... as if life had been made and not happened.

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As I get considerably beyond the biblical allotment of three score years and ten, I feel with increasing intensity that I can express my gratitude for still being around on the oxygen-side of the earth's crust only by not standing pat on what I have hitherto known and loved. While oxygen lasts, there are still new things to love, especially if compassion is a form of love.

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If he comes back," she nodded. I thought I saw tears in her eyes but I was mistaken. In all my life, I was never to see her cry. And also he was never to come back. Without interrupting each other, we both said at the same time, "Let's never get out of touch with each other." And we never have, although her death has come between us.

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It is not fly fishing if you are not looking for answers to questions.

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If you push me far enough, all I really know is that he was a fine fisherman."
"You know more than that," my father said. "He was beautiful.

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Well, until man is redeemed he will always take a fly rod too far back, just as natural man always overswings with an ax or golf club and loses all his power somewhere in the air; only with a rod it's worse, because the fly often comes so far back it gets caught behind in a bush or rock.

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One great thing about fly fishing is that after a while nothing exists of the world but thoughts about fly fishing

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When exhausted and feeling sorry for yourself, at least change your socks.

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