Juliana Berners, English nun (born c. 1388)
'The troughte for by cause he is a ryght deyntous
fysshe, and also a ryght fervente byter.'
A Treatyse of Fysshynge Wyth an Angle (c. 1450)
Izaak Walton, English writer (1593-1683)
'Is it not an Art to deceive a Trout with an artificial Flie? A Trout!
That is more sharp sighted than any Hawk ... and more watchful
and more timorous than your high mettled Merlin is bold?'
The Compleat Angler (1653)
G.E.M Skues, British lawyer and fishing writer (1858-1949)
'The way of a man with a maid and the way of a trout with a fly remain with
us to be a delight and a torment to thousands of generations yet unborn.'
The Way of a Trout with a Fly (1921)
Charles Holmes, British painter and art critic (1868-1936)
by Powys Evans
‘The trout is no single, common, identical, definite, determined and measurable
fish, but rather ten thousand tantalizing, distinct and different devils.’
The Tarn and the Lake (1913)
Viktor Schauberger, Austrian inventor (1885-1958)
Schauberger's 'trout turbine' power station
'A very large trout had come upstream. It swam along the fall as if in search of something, its motion like a winding dance, then finally disappeared beneath what looked like a sheet of glimmering metal under the moonlight. I noticed there was a whirlpool at the foot of the narrowing waterfall. The trout floated out of this vortex and up the waterfall as if drawn by an invisible force. Once at the crest, it was pushed out of the water and landed a few yards upstream . . . I saw this phenomenon many times after that, but no scientist could give me an explanation.'
The Schauberger Archives, Linz (1952).
Ernest Hemingway, American novelist (1899-1961)
Hemingway trout fishing in 1916
'What would make a fitting Valhalla for the good fisherman when he dies would
be a regular trout river with plenty of rainbow trout in it jumping crazy for the fly.'
The Toronto Star Weekly (1920)
Richard Brautigan, American novelist and poet (1935-1984)
Brautigan trout fishing in 1972 (Erik Weber)
'I've always liked cutthroat trout. They put up a good fight, running against the bottom and
then broad jumping. Under their throats they fly the orange banner of Jack the Ripper.'
Trout Fishing in America (1967)
Ted Hughes, British poet (1930-1998)
Photo by Rob Lycett
'A trout, certainly for me, always seems "wilder" than any other fish. The falcon among fish.
The wildness of empty hills, bleak and rocky lakes, frayed, wilderness rivers knotting into
dark pools, worst weather, desolation.'
In Praise of Trout (by David Profumo, 1989)
George Melly, British jazz singer, writer and critic (1926-2007)
Photo by PG Champion
'If I could choose a death, it would be to be discovered on a river bank dead but with
a smile on my face, and a big, beautifully marked trout on the grass beside me.’
Hooked! Fishing Memories (2000)