Does this represent your fishing pleasure? I believe these words by Charles Orvis are as true today as they ever were.
Media reports in recent weeks suggest that opposition MPs and environmental groups are "scaremongering" in their attacks on proposed changes to the Resource Management Act.
OPINION: Fusion Cafe & Bar on the Bay Hill, Timaru, is again offering hunters the opportunity to enjoy the annual Gamebird Food Festival by getting together with a group of hunting mates, treating your long suffering "duck widow" to a special night out, or introducing non-hunters to the gourmet delights of gamebird dishes.
OPINION: Right now the big thing for marine anglers is the boat show in Auckland.
OPINION: How many tourist anglers fish New Zealand lakes and rivers?
With Lake Opuha slightly lower than expected, a number of edge-water anglers were disappointed last weekend.
OPINION: Otago Fish & Game is proposing changes to fishing licence categories to provide anglers with better value for their licence fee.
Environment Canterbury's meeting run was packed with South Canterbury Water Enhancement Group (SCWEG) attendees last Monday.
OPINION: I haven't checked the records but I expect the increase in fishing licence sales this past summer surpasses any other region throughout New Zealand.
Trout fishing in the region has been exciting this past week but with only one more day of the salmon season it has to be said it has died with a whimper in the low flow rivers where water temperatures have been high. Salmon have been caught, but not in any great number.
"Tell them nothing!" That seems to be the attitude expressed by Meridian Energy's decision to no longer reveal predicted weekend flows in the Waitaki River.
I kid you not! Unless the rainfall this weekend has changed it, the greenest part of the South Island must be around Methven and areas adjacent to the Canterbury foothills.
With water temperatures rising quickly and river flows dropping quickly, the salvage of trout is uppermost in the eyes of several South Island fisheries managers right now.
With only a couple of millimetres rainfall at isolated central Otago fisheries this past week, it's understandable that almost all water throughout the region is listed as "below normal".
The Land and Water hearings next week will be pivotal to the future of water in Canterbury.
It's hard to understand why anyone would dump fish heads and fish fillets to rot in a waterway but apparently it's happened most recently in the Waihi River.
It's understandable that one might expect to meet fellow anglers on a wide variety of local waters at this time of year. Many will be international visitors who already know the regions well.
OPINION: The Lake Alexandrina Conservation Trust has again been at the forefront of habitat and access issues at this lake.
I don't know whether to be happy or sad. I have just taken a telephone call from an Englishman who said he believed I might be able to point to some old fishing items for a museum he is establishing UK.
OPINION: I don't know whether to be happy or sad.