The artifice of fishing

How many words have been written concerning our favourite sport over the years? How much of what is put in print is worth reading, let alone reading again?

Many modern publications are little more than the work of advertising copy writers who happen to fish and I have been a little guilty of this here at times.

Recently my attention was drawn to a quote from someone who is amongst the greatest angling writers of all time.

The artifice of fishing is displayed not only in the delusion of the fish, but to some extent in the delusion of the fisher also. Let him but have the power of persuading himself that the boy in him has never grown up, or better, let it be so without his knowing it, and the world is his oyster.

H.T. (Hugh Tempest) Sheringham (Coarse Fishing)

Oh, how I wish I could write like that!